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18 Aug 2016

Building Culture not Compliance | I wonder…

Yesterday was our first day back as an iDiploma team, and we welcomed our newest Gates cohort of ten incredibly curious learners. As a former classroom teacher, I always struggled with the first day of school and the unstated expectation to go over the syllabus, the grading policy and assign the first homework. What message does that send if that’s how we enter the new school year? To me, it sends the message that as the teacher I have the power: […]

15 Aug 2016

Maverick Maker

3-2-1-Launch. My syllabus for this semester’s edition of my T.E.D – Technology, Engineering, & Design – class is live. This year at Mount Vernon Presbyterian school our Head of School, Brett Jacobsen, provided a bold provocation to the entire faculty: Be a Maverick. In a vague, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous(VUCA) world an innovative mindset is necessary to navigate. One pathway to innovation is by being a maverick. That is, mavericks vary and change their routes. They challenge assumptions. They experiment and […]

08 Aug 2016

Beyond the Buzzwords: Making Meaning of the Mindsets

When you walk through the halls of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS), you will notice that each classroom has one thing in common: a small blue poster hanging on the wall. Upon closer inspection, you will see the six Mount Vernon Mindsets and their three indicators. The poster is an excellent visual representation of the kind of student mind we build at Mount Vernon (MV). However, we wondered if the students had a good understanding of […]

07 Aug 2016

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Re-Designing American High Schools for the 21st Century | Stanford Social Innovation Review HT Education Reimagined, Pioneering Issue #17 Tags: wayfinder, d.school, School Change, redesign, #MustRead, #mvifishares – By Bo Adams No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | World news | The Guardian HT Education Reimagined Issue #17 Tags: grades, assessment, School Change, #MustRead, #mvifishares, innovation, passion, curiosity – By Bo Adams the most important skill a school can pass down to its students is the […]

01 Aug 2016

Design Movement | The Post with Chris Hill

Chris Hill joins Design Movement to discuss his life as chef, entrepreneur, brand builder, and author. We dialogue about his new book release, Making the Cut. On the post, guests of Design Movement get the opportunity to ask Brett a question. Connect with Chris: Website – http://www.mybachelorkitchen.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/bachkitchen Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org

28 Jul 2016

Design Movement | Chef Life Is Real Life

Chris Hill joins Design Movement to discuss his life as chef, entrepreneur, brand builder, and author. We dialogue about his new book release, Making the Cut. Connect with Chris: Website – http://www.mybachelorkitchen.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/bachkitchen Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen www.mvifi.org www.mountvernonschool.org

24 Jul 2016

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How Can Schools Prioritize For The Best Ways Kids Learn? | MindShift | KQED News Tags: learning, #MustRead, #mvifishares if the changes to education are all in the service of doing the same thing better, they may be missing the point. the current context demands a radically different vision of learning. examples of schools and districts that are asking themselves difficult questions to propel change. The successful ones are letting the answer to the question, “How do kids learn best?” […]

17 Jul 2016

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Pop Up and Make: Student-Designed and Facilitated Makerspaces | Edutopia Student pop-up Makerspaces. HT Amy Wilkes Tags: maker, #mvifishares – By T.J. Edwards received
 funds to design and implement pop-up makerspaces during 
the 2015-16 school year. These makerspaces include the 3D 
Fabrication Lab, Upcycling Shop, Music and Beat-Making Studio, Robotics and Hacking Space, Digital
 Storytelling Workshop, and Clothing and Fashion
 Design Closet. Each makerspace “pops up” in either a
 classroom, computer lab, commons area, or the cafeteria 
during the school’s […]

03 Jul 2016
26 Jun 2016

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Why Finding Your Niche Is Just Plain Bad Advice Find your tribe by focusing on core values rather than demographics. Tags: #mvifishares, innovation, advice – By T.J. Edwards Why what people think matters more than where they’re from – By T.J. Edwards The truth is my tribe is eclectic. Since this may be a new practice, here’s a formula you can follow to begin figuring out what it is you believe. Just fill in the blanks of this statement: “Every […]

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