From a letter to parents from Tyler Thigpen, Head of Upper School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School:
Dear Upper School Family,
When a representative from Dartmouth College was on our campus Monday, an Upper School student astutely asked, “Beyond test scores and GPA, what can set me apart as a candidate to your school?” The representative responded simply, “That you make an impact.”
Speaking on behalf of the Upper School faculty and staff, we could not be prouder of your students who have done just that – i.e., “made a dent” – over the course of this year. Led by mentors, Upper School students, via their Transdisciplinary Capstone Project work, have collaborated, empathized with others, failed fast to iterate, actively used knowledge, and ultimately engaged real world issues as compelling contexts for learning. Tomorrow’s EXPO is both a showcase and also celebration of the impact students have made. And you are invited to drop in anytime between 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. to see and celebrate the wins.
To highlight just one such project, I invite you to visit Wedding Wells, an emerging nonprofit, led by seniors Shelby Garde, Addie Goins, and Judge Jones, and juniors Gareth Tremege and Hannah Zenas, that aims to link the love of selfless American couples bound to be wed with underprivileged men, women, and children in dire need of safe drinking water.
If you are unable to visit the EXPO in person, you can follow the action on twitter via the hash tag #MVimpact.
* With enormous gratitude and genuine awe for the @MVPSchool Project Managers (Kristyn Anderson, TJ Edwards, James Campbell, and Zach Strother), the #MVUpper Faculty extraordinaire, and, especially, the student innovators, collaborators, creative thinkers, communicators, solution seekers, and ethical decision makers. YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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Real-World Impact: Guest Post @TylerThigpen #MVPSchool #MVIFI #MVImpact, January 16, 2014
Schooling for the head. Educating for the heart. Finding the balance of #BothAnd as we design schools for cognition and character.
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves “Adam I” and “Adam II.”) Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
In March and April 2014, the faculty of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School engaged in three book-study cohorts exploring Dr. Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success…How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.
For several weeks, I’ve been wanting to archive the learning sessions that I attended at #SXSWedu this year. Today, I finally got around to it.
My Learning Journey at SXSWedu 2014:
Monday, March 3, 2014
- Making the Most of SXSWedu, 3.3.14, 12:30 p.m.
- Liminal Learning: Challenge-Based, Design-Driven, 3.3.14, 1:00 p.m.
- In the Trenches with K-12 Design Thinking, 3.3.14, 1:30 p.m.
- Innovation Bootcamp for Educators, 3.3.14, 3:30 p.m.
- Grades Are Stupid. Let’s Talk About Assessment!, 3.3.14, 4:30 p.m.
- Dinner with @am_gallagher, @scitechyedu, @jennzia, @thelock85, @WickedDecent, @kamithor, @treyboden, @elizabeth_lytle, @lndeutch, +some
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- Is School Enough? Meeting Students Where They Learn, 3.4.14, 9:00 a.m.
- 50 Shades of Adaptive Learning – An Honest Debate, 3.4.14, 10:30 a.m.
- Does Engagement Really Matter?, 3.4.14, 11:10 a.m.
- Probing Needs and Prototyping Solutions: DT4EdTech, 3.4.14, 11:30 a.m.
- Mount Vernon Plays to Connect, 3.4.14, 3:30 p.m.
- Meet-Up with Dr. Reshan Richards, 3.4.14, 4:30 p.m.
- Mardi Gras Party Hosted by 4.0 Schools
- Dinner with @am_gallagher, @scitechyedu, @SAISNews, @lndeutch, @kamithor, @elizabeth_lytle
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- Impromptu session on Zspace with Elizabeth Lytle, 3.5.14, 8:00 a.m.
- Self-Directed Learning: Every Student’s Right, 3.5.14, 9:00 a.m.
- The Virtual Human Right, 3.5.14, 10:30 a.m.
- Quick Meet-Up with Jack Andraka, 3.5.14, 11:30 a.m.
- Montessori Promotes Disruptive Innovation, 3.5.14, 12:00 p.m.
- Meet-Up with Ashoka Change Makers
- Reverse Engineering to Teach Design in High School, 3.5.14, 2:00 p.m.
- #AK12DC Mentors & Facilitators Conference Call, 3.5.14, 3:30 p.m.
- Meet-Up with Julie Wilson, Institute for the Future of Learning, 3.5.14, 5:00 p.m.
- Dinner with @scitechyedu, @jennzia, @WickedDecent, @treyboden, @lndeutch, @coachhkay, +some
- #dtk12chat live from #SXSWedu
Thursday, March 6, 2014
- Unleashing Kids’ Passion for Compassion, 3.6.14, 9:00 a.m. [10-15 min.]
- Enabling Stackable Credentials: The Future is Now, 3.6.14, 9:00 a.m.
- Student Startups: The Ultimate Educational Experience, 3.6.14, 10:30 a.m.
- [Leave to fly home to Atlanta]
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