MVIFI Shares Thought and Action Leadership

Enriching the PLN of Educational Change Agents

MVIFI serves as a generator, contributor, accelerator and amplifier of the thought and action leadership happening at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, as well as in the wider world of transformational learning. Think of this page as a switchboard for connecting with a rich variety of offerings and shares from the team at MVIFI. We are grateful for our extensive professional learning network (PLN), and we feel a strong responsibility to embolden the efforts many of us are making to enhance people's learning experiences.

MVIFI on Social Media

MVIFI focuses its social media presence with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube (MVIFI's about.me page). Connect with us on your preferred service and interact with us here on mvifi.org.


Members of the MVIFI Nucleus Team contribute to our online journal, providing stories and insights about the work that we are doing and showcasing. Collections include categories such as iDiploma; MoVe Talks; Maker, Design and Engineering; Leadership; MVIFI Hosts and Events.


MVIFI reads voraciously, and we love to share what we're reading. The "Influencers" section below provides access to a number of the ideas that get us excited. The sidebar gives snapshots into our Twitter feed, some favorite books stored on Goodreads and links to social bookmarking on Diigo.

MVIFI Podcasts

Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile (or just taking a rejuvenating walk), the MVIFI podcasts Design Movement and This Is Iterative provide a number of episodes for exploring ideas and stretching your thinking. Join in the conversations and discussions.

MoVe Talks

A MoVe is a Moment of Visible Empathy. When a designer really "falls in love" with the user a MoVe happens! Check out these talks about various MoVe experiences.

MV Learns

MVIFI and MVPS work together to set conditions for deep learning. Throughout the year, various PL possibilities exist. Check the MVlearns bulletin board for seasonal opportunities.

R&D Grants

MVIFI awards a number of R&D grants every year to MVPS faculty and staff. In 2015, $40K supported innovation projects to enhance transformational learning at the School and beyond.

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Leveraging Influence

Inflow and Outflow of Major Ideas

We are a community of learners and leaders. As influencers of current research and future programming and planning at Mount Vernon, it is important for us to follow the conversations that higher education, research organizations, multinational corporations, nonprofits and civic environments are having around the world. At the same time, it is essential that we create and curate content to share some of our exciting work. Here is a link to some of our thought leadership as well as some of the work that has influenced our thinking.

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Powerful Conversations

MVIFI Podcasts

MVIFI currently offers two podcasts that invite listeners into empowering discussions of leadership, industry cross-pollination, and vulnerability for continuous improvement.


Design Movement Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Brett Jacobsen, Head of School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Design Movement is a learning and leadership conversation of creative collaboration in education, business, and the non-profit community.


This Is Iterative Podcast

Trey Boden and Jenn Chan chase questions about design and education. Driven by life's design tensions and a constant pursuit of practicing their craft,  they converse as two educators from different world's, both invigorated to dive deeper into their own vulnerability.


Build In Progress Podcast

Build in Progress is part of Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation’s mission to share. In season 1 we are exploring intersections of Science, Engineering, Art, and Design.

MVPS and MVIFI in the News

Samples of Articles Highlighting MVPS and MVIFI

For a number of years, because of the School's significant transformations and leadership in educational innovation, a variety of authors and publications have been highlighting MVPS and MVIFI. Below is a small selection of links, offered in a humble spirit of wanting to help visitors here to connect with work that might prove beneficial to the efforts that other schools and organizations are undertaking.