Results: The Mount Vernon Mind

Results

One of the most concrete ways the Mount Vernon community lives out its mission is through the development and implementation of the Mount Vernon Mind. These relevant and research-based mindsets position students for college, career and citizenship–in other words– for life.

The mindsets are the outcome of the School’s comprehensive study conducted to inform Mount Vernon’s 2012-2017 strategic plan, iPlan17. One of our largest influences was Tony Wagner’s bestselling book, The Global Achievement Gap. In it, Wagner emphasizes the importance of students learning a set of essential skills to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.

At Mount Vernon we infuse the mindsets throughout all of our teaching and learning.

Solution Seeker: one who formulates meaningful questions, inquires, evaluates,
synthesizes, and discerns cross-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives. Additionally he/she sets goals, develops a plan of action, and tests solutions

Ethical-Decision Maker: exhibits integrity, honesty, empathy, fairness, and respect, demonstrates personal, social, and civic responsibility, and develops understanding of emerging ethical issues regarding new technologies

Communicator: listens attentively, speaks effectively, and writes clearly, understands and expresses ideas with a variety of audiences, media, and formats, and cultivates interpersonal skills

Creative Thinker: challenges assumptions, suspends judgments, imagines, improvises, and adapts as new challenges and opportunities arise

Innovator: explores and experiments in a climate of change, builds resilience through risk-taking and setbacks, and creates unique ideas/products with value and meaning

Collaborator: builds strong partnerships within a diverse team, teaches, coaches, and leads others by example. One also accepts feedback, implements decisions, and shares the credit

Download a printable PDF of the Mount Vernon Mind here.

Expressions of MV Results

Mustangs in Training: The Present Leading the Future

Mustangs in Training: The Present Leading the Future

It's a win-win situation. Varsity athletes #sharethewell by teaching, coaching, and guiding their Lower School counterparts in both football and cheer. Mustangs in Training is a new program at Mount Vernon, introduced just this fall. This athletic initiative is a...

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Kindergarten PBL: Happy Habitats

Kindergarten PBL: Happy Habitats

“Zoo Atlanta called. They need to design better habitats for their animals that reflect their natural habitats. What should we do?” This was the initial, challenging question that launched the PBL unit for the Kindergarteners. When I first met with...

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Purpose-Based Learning (A Fail Up Moment)

Purpose-Based Learning (A Fail Up Moment)

I don’t want to say I planned to fail, but I also don’t deny that I didn’t see this coming. This year’s major project for my technology, engineering, and design class (T.E.D.) is a prototype in more ways than one. The Bike Project was born out of a generous grant from...

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