Moving the Needle on Innovation

Mar 21, 2014 | Lower School News, Middle School News, Uncategorized, Upper School News

AK12DCMount Vernon Presbyterian has been selected to participate in an unique opportunity bringing private and public schools together to spread innovation in schools. It’s called the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, sponsored by the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. Through the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, schools are collaborating and connecting using design thinking as way to find innovative solutions to complex issues facing the field of education.
For the next 18 months, the Atlanta Design Challenge has four goals:

#1 Build capacity for design thinking as a process for school innovation;
#2 Launch pathways to solving complex issues;
#3 Develop institutional capacity for change;
#4 Establish rich connections and collaborations across schools.
Mount Vernon’s team consists of Mary Cantwell, as the building facilitator, and team members James Campbell, Alex Bragg, Katie Jones, Meghan Cureton, Tyler, Thigpen, Kristyn Anderson, Chip Houston, Emily Breite.
The team recently participated in an Atlanta Design Summit on March 21-22 in which each school shared its progress, data, and low-res prototypes of their community-identified, complex issue. 
Want to learn more or follow the progress? Check out The Atlanta K12 Design Challenge website at or follow the conversations on Twitter at #ak12dc  View more photos 
AK12DC2The Atlanta K12 Design Challenge is made possible by the generous support, leadership and encouragement of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the “”)The Westminster SchoolsThe Lovett School, and Fulton County Schools.