Extending the mission of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School beyond the walls of the school, Mount Vernon's Institute for Innovation delivers 21st century teaching and learning to local and global communities.
Through professional learning workshops, international exchange opportunities, and service and outreach, the Institute builds effective public-private partnerships that promote inquiry, innovation and impact. 

Aligned with the mission of the School, the work of the Institute supports three major areas: The Center for Design Thinking, The Center for Global Competitiveness, and The Center for Citizen Leadership.

Center for Design Thinking

Considered a national leader in k-12 design thinking, Mount Vernon opened the Center for Design Thinking in the fall of 2010. Based on a model developed by Stanford University's Institute of Design, design thinking is defined as human-centered problem solving with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, and empathy.

Countless private and public school teachers and leaders throughout the southeast have toured the Center and have participated in design thinking workshops hosted by Mount Vernon's Institute for Innovation. Specifically, Mount Vernon hosts a Design Thinking conference each year called //fuse. //fuse15 is in the works and registration is underway! Learn more about //fuse15.

Past events
//fuse14 Recap Video

Center for Global Competitiveness

Recognizing our responsibility to prepare students to be knowledgeable and compassionate citizens, the Center for Global Competitiveness promotes an understanding of one’s own culture while extending well beyond the boundary of the nation where instruction occurs. 

In 2013, working with Education First and Oglethorpe University, 16 South Korean student teachers participated in a residency program hosted at Mount Vernon. The experience promoted cultural awareness, empathy, and global awareness for teachers and students. Mount Vernon is globally competitive as our International Program continues to grow. Thirteen international students, two Lithuanian and 11 Chinese students have attended Mount Vernon in the last three years. 

Likewise Mount Vernon Upper School students have the opportunity to experience learning in other countries. Through Interim Term our Upper School students have traveled to destinations like Peru, Paris, South Africa, London, and Nova Scotia. Additionally an international exchange program launched in February 2014 allowing Mount Vernon Upper School students to attend school in Seville, Spain. 

Center for Citizen Leadership

Partnerships are central to the future of the School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Involving families, alumni, post-secondary institutions, public schools, faith-based organizations, civic leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations ensures a stronger and sustainable future for both local and global communities. Together the School and The Center for Citizen Leadership sponsor initiatives to provide support to the local community through service. 

Center for Citizen Leadership

Some of those initiatives include the following: 

Commemorating those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, each year MVIFI and the School organizes a Helping Hands Day in which students and teachers perform community service at nearly 15 non-profit organizations throughout the city of Atlanta. Featured Here

Beginning in August of 2014, Mount Vernon’s Upper School students will have the opportunity to actively become innovators. With the introduction of the Innovation Diploma, students in grades 9-12 will be offered a chance to engage in ongoing, extended projects, challenging them to design and implement innovations which will positively enhance their local, national, and global communities.

Each year Upper School students embark on a year-long project
positioning them for success in college and beyond. Through capstone projects, students leverage content and skills from all of the disciplines to make a measurable impact in a contemporary local, national, or global issue. The project, among many things, challenges students to expand their minds, challenge their assumptions, and ultimately teaches real world demands.
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