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27 Jan 2017

The Slow Hunch: One iDiploma Member’s Story

WRITTEN BY MEGHAN CURETON Meet Brady. He joined the iDiploma program last year as a freshman. He had aspirations to innovate something and start a business. Hailing creators like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, he put together some impressive videos outlining his definition of innovation and even an idea for innovating the backpack. He said all the right things during his interview and easily convinced the iDiploma application committee that he would be an asset to the team. We were […]

28 Nov 2016

The Movement: Transforming Education

BY ANYA SMITH (ADAPTED FROM PERSONAL BLOG PINYABANANAS) A few weeks ago, 42 students and some smaller number of adults, were gathered from 15 different schools across 13 different states for a conference called SparkHouse hosted by Education Reimagined held in Washington D.C. I want to take a few minutes to reflect on the experience: TAKE AWAYS: Relationships are key in a learner-centered environment: between students, teachers, families, and the community; every student needs to have the feeling of being known, […]

24 Sep 2016

New School Model that Will Transform Education: Student as Designer & Community Partner as Client

By Meghan Cureton Using design briefs as a primary means of project curation is still new to iDiploma. Last year we launched our first, full-scale design brief (you can read about it here), and this year, we have quadrupled the number of design briefs just for the fall. It’s exciting. It’s overwhelming. And it is so incredibly empowering to our students. The fact that they had clear, measurable success with their first brief has them fired up to do more […]

03 Apr 2016

That’s a Wrap: Design Brief #1

Today was pretty incredible, as it marks the end of iDiploma’s first full-scale design brief. As a bit of background, we launched “Consultivations” last year (named by the students, who liked the thought of combining the word “consult” with “innovation”). In the consultivation model, we hosted community members and business leaders, and asked them to share a problem or opportunity with the iDiploma team. Using design thinking as a framework, the students engaged in a rapid 90 minute session that […]

25 Mar 2016

iDiploma Challenge at the d.School

Almost a year ago, the Innovation Diploma facilitator team began imagining an intensive field experience at the Stanford d.School. While Mount Vernon has been a school steeped in design thinking for about six years, and while the iDiploma foundations are built solidly in design thinking methodology, we know that we can continue to stretch ourselves and grow capacity as strong practitioners and coaches of human-centered design. What’s more, the Interim Term at Mount Vernon allows for a week of complete […]

14 Feb 2016

To Help Another

(This post was originally published on October 14, 2015, on The Creek Bed) A bit of background before I get into the meat of this post: There are two cohorts this year in Innovation Diploma. There is the Disney Cohort, who all started last year, and the Jobs Cohort, who all started this year. The names were picked by the cohort and are innovators that we admire. In this past week of Innovation Diploma, we were split up into our […]

14 Feb 2016

Waiting for Thursdays | The Life of Pinya

I haven’t blogged in a while. Partially because I’ve been busy and already up too late, but also partially because I haven’t had anything happen that makes me think, “I have to blog about this,” and I didn’t feel like writing more posts about how I’ve been feeling this way for a little while now. However, today was different. Today was exciting. Today was productive. Today was noteworthy. Today was a Thursday. It seems that every week we have 3 […]

15 Jan 2016

Building Innovators | I wonder

Yesterday, we hosted a coffee for parents and students currently enrolled in Innovation Diploma. It was such a great morning to share the work our kids have been engaged in for the past few months, and it was an opportunity to talk with parents about the why and the how of what we do every day in iDiploma. We began the morning trying to define the word innovation and decided that while there are countless definitions, essentially all definitions include […]

20 Nov 2015

Creating Innovators: Learning Pathways for iDiploma

After wrapping up our Design Thinking Accelerator Module, Innovation Diploma cohorts were faced with a difficult task of choosing their learning pathway for the fourth Module. Through a survey tool and conversations with their advisors, learners chose the best pathway based on skill level and interest. PRODUCT DESIGN AND INNOVATION MODULE: For the Product Design and Innovation Module, which is a module headed up by two of the four iDiploma advisors, Bo Adams and T.J. Edwards,  learners are working on […]

30 Oct 2015

The Creativity Crisis Demands School Transformation

Students Emmy Schaeffer and Anya Smith from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Innovation Diploma are both passionate about education and the discussions around its redesign. In fact, they’ve totally redesigned an AP Language and Composition course that has them acting as both teachers and students in this self-taught, student-driven course. Working through the summer, they created their own version of a syllabus that the College Board recently accepted. In this “collab-course,” as they call it, they recently challenged themselves to respond […]