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Tag : Humanities

27 Oct 2016

How to be a Reimagineer in the Humanities

BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Fall of 2015 sparked the beginning of a conversation around the possibility of creating a Humanities program at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  This Collider Session, hosted as part of Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) professional development, was heavily attended by educators from all MVPS divisions and disciplines.  Conversations at the Humanities session ranged from pure excitement and let’s start this program today to it’s not a no for me, but I need more details.  Thankfully, […]

11 Apr 2016

Holly Chesser: Good at Design Thinking? Thank an English Teacher

Holly Chesser: Good at Design Thinking? Thank an English Teacher “Whether it’s convergent thinking, whether it’s divergent thinking, the central thing we need to be embodying is empathy.” In this powerful talk, Chesser explained how the study of literature can deeply help us to understand others and ourselves. She used To Kill a Mockingbird, Johari’s Window and a moving quote from Rumi to weave together a compelling message at the heart of design thinking – being willing to analyze our own […]

13 Nov 2015

Designing a Humanities Program

The following post is written by Emily Breite, Head of Learning and Innovation at the Upper School, who is spearheading the design of a new Humanities program at Mount Vernon. MVIFI helped catapult this work through the Collider event, and we continue to serve on the design team that is building the program. We are thrilled to be able to share the incredible work from Emily and her design team. “Imagine: You have just stepped out of a time machine. The […]

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