To renovate or to innovate?…that is the question. Aligned with the mission and vision of the School, Mount Vernon during the last four years has been in a period of innovation in designing and demonstrating 21st century teaching and learning — incorporating the 21st Century Mount Vernon MInd, Stanford’s design thinking model, Harvard’s Project Zero, Council for the Aid in Education’s performance task process, and much more. The faculty and staff have invested time in the creation of engaging, challenging, and applicable learning opportunities for all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. Now, it is time to innovate the physical space.

In my latest Design Movement podcast Shelley Clifford, Head of Lower School, Kelly Kelly, Head of Preschool, and Chip Houston, Head of Middle School, and I talk about the exciting and state-of-the-art classroom and building redesign on the Founders Campus with construction to begin this summer. Inspired by the faculty and staff during a design thinking challenge (i)471, the School will be innovating, not renovating the existing spaces into “learning communities” for each grade-level. A learning community consists of an individual classroom space, learning commons area, small group room, resource room, and faculty collaborative space. These spaces are flexible in design and do not limit the opportunity of learning to four walls. In addition, all Founders Campus students will have access to the Global Learning Center, Center for Design Thinking, and new art facility to collaborate, connect, and create.

During the conversation, review the architectural plans located below, and then mark your calendars to learn more at an interactive discussion Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Founders Campus. We are excited to share this innovative redesign with you.