Mount Vernon Presbyterian School will launch a new program, PlayMaker, in the 2014-2015 school year. PlayMaker is an innovative program designed to allow students to explore their questions, passions, or interests in an experiential, engaging, and fun learning environment. During the school year, PlayMaker takes place in the PM, after school, and in the summer months, Summer PlayMaker will have opportunities for students throughout the day.
Available June 2014, Mount Vernon is currently accepting applications for the 12-month position of PM Program Designer.
The high-performing position of PM Program Designer plays a strategic leadership role in advancing the mission of the School: We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.
- Collaborate with ELC, Preschool, Lower School, Middle School (5-6 only) to develop learning experiences and offerings for students
- enhance existing after school/extended day/summer programs aligned with vision of the School
- create new programs designed for creating, inventing, experimenting, and playing
- create market strategies to promote PlayMaker program within MVPS community during the school year
- create market strategies to promote Summer PlayMaker in Atlanta
- supervise entire PlayMaker program
- be familiar with Bright from the Start licensing standards
- retain and evaluate the services of appropriate staff to organize and run programs
- oversee all communication with parents
- create and maintain all records as required by the School
- collaborate with CFO to develop a budget, oversee billing process, and ensure the profitability of each program
If interested in applying, send a letter of interest/resume and email email@example.com.
Recently, Mount Vernon’s work of innovation has been highlighted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, and Education Week. As Head of School of a high performing staff, I am proud of their work, agility to fail up, and willingness to share the well. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Part 4 of What does your mission require of you? blog series
Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders, our mission requires us to never create for today.
For what are we preparing our students? The future. What is the future?
How might we understand the future? What is emerging?
How might we deal with the drivers of change? What are the disruptive shifts reshaping the workforce landscape? What are the skills needed to adapt, adjust to changing a workforce?
What are the signals we need to be paying attention to and how can these signals forecast the future?
I have more questions than answers, but it is important we look to research organizations as a means to position this generation for the future. The Institute for the Future (IFF) and the Horizon Report are great resources for companies/organizations/schools.
As an exercise, take your leadership team and reflect on the Institute for the Future’s forecasting of Workplace 2020 or watch the Future of Coordination.
How might we think differently?
How might we never create for today?
This generation of students does not have time for adults to catch up. It is time to do something.
Continuing “What does your mission require of you?” blog series…Summarizing last week, a team must start with a powerful question. Central to design thinking, Mount Vernon is starting with “How Might We?” HMW evokes access, opportunity, empathy, community, limitless opportunities, creative thinking, solution seeking, and much more.
In addition to starting with a powerful question, our mission requires us to serve the team. As a school, we have three distinct groups–students, teachers, parents–with different needs and expectations. You cannot serve the cause (mission) without serving the team.
Serving the team is about…
understanding one another.
encouraging one another.
supporting one another
asking the question, What can I do to help?
taking strategic risks.
What is like being on the other side of me?
you and I versus the problem.
leveraging our authority for the benefit of those we serve.
assuming the best.
commitment to the growth of people.
emulating the greatest example, model and teacher of servant-leadership,Jesus.
How might we serve the team?
Last week, I left off with…
In order to fulfill this living, breathing mission, I have been thinking about…what does our mission require of us? Over the next several weeks, I will share what I think our bold, ambitious, aggressive mission requires of us.
So what does our mission require of us (students, faculty/staff, parents)?
You have to start with a powerful question. As a school community, we have chosen to start with a question central to one of our signature programs in the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, Design Thinking – “How might we?”
“How might we?” evokes access, opportunity, empathy, community, limitless opportunities, creative thinking, solution seeking, and much more.
Inspired by AT&T, our administrative team thought we would have some fun with HMW and asked our younger students how they would answer the question. Take a look.
In all seriousness, How might we ____?
How might we make it more likely–by our design–that more students really understand what they are being asked to learn? How might we be the best in the world at developing and delivering a 21st century learning experience? How might we build a new Upper School academic building? Excite students with their learning experiences as much as possible everyday? Redesign the first week of school? Positively impact our students for life? Adapt to change? Create more awareness on local and global issues among our students and the community at large? Lead ed transformation by empowering learners to be doers for a better world?
How might we?
How would you complete this sentence for your school/community/organization/company? Then, together go make it happen. It’s time to do something.
During the mad rush of August, I have the honor to give an annual address to our school community. Appropriately so, teachers, students, and parents have “zoomed in” to the beginnings of a year and the checklist of things to do, but I think it is important for a community of learners to join in on a conversation by “zooming out” and looking at the big picture. It is a strategic moment to dialogue about our destination and discuss our desired result as a school.
Mount Vernon’s desired result is our mission. We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. Our mission/destination/desired result is a non-negotiable imperative. It is why we exist, what we do, how we behave.
During pre-planning, I asked our faculty and staff to describe our mission. I loved it. They said, our cause is “bold, ambitious, aggressive, now, relevant, community-based, Christ-centered, forward-thinking, and extends beyond the traditional college prep school.” This is a tall order.
This is not an aspirational mission, but a mission we want to achieve. We are building something exceptional here. It is purposeful, intentional, and directional. It is about preparing and positioning this generation of students. It is focused on supporting the most important relationship at our school: the relationship between a teacher and a student, both actively involved in a continuous state of learning.
So in order to fulfill this living, breathing mission, I have been thinking about…what does our mission require of us? Over the next several weeks, I will share what I think our bold, ambitious, aggressive mission requires of us.
What does your mission require of you? Begin to ask this important question to your team. Share your answers with us.
Season 1 of the Design Movement podcast project has come to an end. The top 3 most listened to podcasts:
If you have not had a chance to learn from these leaders, take advantage of the opportunity. Please share your take-aways.
Special thanks goes out to the nearly 5,000 downloads of Design Movement. Blown away by the response. Also, thank you to Trey Boden, Chief of Awesomeness and Design Movement producer.
Season 2 planning is underway and get ready for some high performing, creative, collaborative leaders.
The 2012-2013 school year comes to an end tomorrow, but of course, learning does not. Well…reflecting on the year, one of the first memories I think about is the “lipdub” the administrative team created under the leadership of our producer, Trey Boden. Focused on the future, we are already planning next year’s montage…get ready.
Excited beyond measure, I had the opportunity to announce to our school community the appointment of Mount Vernon’s Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. The following is an excerpt of my letter to MVPS.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has appointed Bo Adams as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. Joining the Mount Vernon team in June, Bo will begin to assist me in overseeing the academic PS-12 program in conjunction with the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. He will spend a great deal of his time collaborating with division-heads, directors of 21st century teaching and learning, heads of grades, and faculty on curricular research and design teams. In addition, he will be an integral leader in the development of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation related to educational partnerships, //fuse annual conference, and research grants. From time to time, he will be found teaching in some capacity. Most importantly, as mentor and coach for the faculty and the administrative team, Bo’s greatest impact will be his ability to cultivate strong relationships within our community and beyond.
It is difficult to quantify how extraordinary this appointment is and the value he brings to the School. As an avid blogger, presenter, and researcher, Bo is highly-recognized as an educational thought leader in independent school education throughout the country. Recently, Bo has been working as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta. Most recognizable, Bo served The Westminster Schools from 1995-2012 as teacher, coach, and principal. His primary points of focus throughout his principalship were faculty development, professional learning communities, assessment literacy, project-based learning, and educational innovation. As a strategic visionary, Bo co-founded The Center for Teaching and co-launched an engaging student program, Synergy, at Westminster. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and master’s degree in social sciences and school leadership from Emory University.
Bo, his wife, and two sons are extremely excited to join the School. “I have admired Mount Vernon as a leader in the Atlanta area and throughout the nation in terms of design thinking and educational innovation. In a period of big talk about school transformation, I deeply respect MVPS for being a doer and an exemplar of a school of the future.” Please welcome Bo and his family to the Mount Vernon community.