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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, […]

18 Feb 2016

Design Thinking in Preschool

The following post is written by Liz Aull, a teacher at Mount Vernon’s Early Learning Center, a designer, leader, educational researcher and design thinking enthusiast.  I suspect that anyone who knows anything about design thinking wonders how young children can do it. I also suspect that everyone who works with young children incorporates aspects of design thinking into their classroom, whether they realize it or not. Discover               Empathize           […]

16 Feb 2016
22 Jan 2016

Podcasts From MVIFI.org

Sharing is a core “what” to who we are as an organization (mvifi.org/shares). We want others to experience what we are doing, thinking and being challenged by. We are excited to announce that we will be bringing two podcasts to our normal share-outs. Design Movement For the past few years Dr. Brett Jacobsen (@jbrettjacobsen) has been hosting Design Movement – a learning and leadership conversation in education, business and the nonprofit community. His show has featured interviews with inspiring leaders such as innovative […]

01 Jan 2016

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer The world is malleable and everything in the made world is designed. Mount Vernon Innovation Diploma leader Anya Smith inspires our sense of agency and creative confidence, and she provides her recipe for success in taking on and tackling problems to make a positive difference. And she challenges us all to consider one of her big questions: “What if school created designers?” fuse15 – 9:03 – Filmed June 17, 2015 This MoVe Talk was presented […]

11 Dec 2015

How to Host a Maker Dine and Design Evening

As part of MVIFI’s hosting work, we’ve created an evening of fellowship and fun for people to learn more about maker-centered learning environments. The goals of the evening involve helping participants recognize, through direct experience, (1) that deep minds-on learning is connected to hands-on learning; (2) that new tools and materials for creation are more accessible than ever before; (3) that while learning to create something is an individual endeavor, it is often a community of learners that enable/enhance/enrich that learning for […]

03 Dec 2015

MVIFI XLR8 Talks: Dr. Dieter Breithecker, VS Furniture

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion: Movement makes kids better students. On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) is hosting Dr. Dieter Breithecker, German health and kinetics scientist, to give one of his incredible talks for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty, staff, students, and parents, as well as other Atlanta-area educators and individuals who would like to attend. The event, running from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., includes lunch and learning session with Dr. Breithecker. MVIFI […]

17 Nov 2015

Culture Lies Beneath : Part 1

“Culture eats strategy for lunch.” This was one of more provocative statements I heard in a transformational leadership lecture from Dr. Mark McCloskey at Bethel Seminary. I am sure he wasn’t the first one to say it, but it has stuck with me since and has proven itself to be true over and over again. Organizations lead from the inside out whether they like it or not. At MVIFI and Mount Vernon we have the incredible opportunity to hear from […]

01 Nov 2015

Leading change demands living the change…and building agency

In a recent article on EML, Will Richardson shared that he asks the districts he works with, “Is this a school that learns?” He went on to write these provocative questions: What does a learning school look like? What’s the culture of a school that learns? How does it happen? Will sparked in me some significant reflection. He also spurred me to write this blog post and share how Mount Vernon is, indeed, a school that learns. Here’s just one […]