Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Changemaker School

At Mount Vernon Presbyterian (MVP), design thinking is infused across the curriculum and culture of the school as a means of cultivating a Changemaking attitude in students. The design-thinking program is rooted in empathy, and because of this, students are able to relate what they learn in school to wider community issues. MVP is devoted to spreading their ideas—they developed an Institute for Innovation, which takes successful experiments and approaches that teachers have created in classrooms and conducts research to build best practices. MVP continues to nurture future leaders and their design-learning framework has become a beacon of success for other schools across the country.