Design Movement Blog

A 21st Century Learning and Leadership Conversation

Corps of Engineers

Recently, Scott Witthoft and Scott Doorley from the Stanford d.School, designers behind the book Make Space, were collaborating with Mount Vernon on a future design project. The d.School has been such an inspiration for us. With their recent presence on campus, it has... read more

A Living Question

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Multiply Your Time

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Consider This for 2015

Lot for any leader to think about in 2015. Understanding the transformative changes in the world, anticipating direction, and making a dent can be challenging and overwhelming. First consider this–idea, mantra, question worth answering–for 2015: Greg... read more

Designing the Future

My article in The Monthly Recharge, a Leadership+Design newsletter… As school leaders we are the designers of experiences–for students, faculty, parents, and the community as a whole. What does this mean? How do we develop the mindsets, skillets, habits,... read more

Design Thinking: Is It Sustainable?

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SQ > EQ + IQ

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How to Scale #202

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The Wrong Bet #201

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Enjoy the Ride

This is the final blog in “What does your mission require of you?” series. Starting with questions, serving the team, never creating for today, shipping ideas lose significance unless you enjoy the ride. Opportunities, challenges, setbacks, moments of... read more

Ship an Idea Now

In the fall, I began to post a blog series around “What does your mission require of you (students, faculty/staff, parents)?” Entering the spring semester of the school year, this is a great time to reflect on the question. If you missed any of the series... read more

Innovative School Seeks Designer

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... read more

Work of Innovation Featured

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... read more

Never Create for Today

Part 3 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... read more

Serve the Team

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,... read more

Start with a Powerful Question: HMW

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... read more

What does your mission require of you?

The 2013-2014 school year marks Mount Vernon’s 42nd year as a school of inquiry, innovation and impact. 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... read more

Top 3

  Season 1 of the Design Movement podcast project has come to an end. The top 3 most listened to podcasts: 1. The Idea-Maker with Charles Lee 2. The Space-Makers with Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft 3. Are You Strange? with Michael Wagner If you have not had a... read more

At end of school year, what makes you beautiful?

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... read more

To Lead Is To Learn, #111

http://media.blubrry.com/designmovement/p/content.blubrry.com/designmovement/Greg_Bamford_5_3_13.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS On June 18-19, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) will host... read more

Thorough, Thoughtful, Talented Voices in Ed Today #110

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