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Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta calls itself a "maker community." Students from preschool to high school learn by solving problems and building prototypes. Photos courtesy of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Christian school embraces design thinking to help form creative, empathetic citizens

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta wasn't satisfied with only changing its physical space and teaching methods. School leaders also created a nonprofit institute to encourage other educators to adopt the model.  

Katie Boody doing a presentation about Lean Lab

Lean Lab events focus on asking questions and coming up with solutions from people at the bottom of the flowchart, an approach that has helped open up a large institution to new ideas.
Photos courtesy of The Lean Lab

Innovation incubator empowers teachers and others to create change in Kansas City schools

By encouraging innovation, The Lean Lab shows that change is possible even in large institutions. The nonprofit is creating an interdisciplinary community among people who often feel isolated and expected to do the impossible.

Paul Grogan with schoolchildren

Paul S. Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, visits with students in a school supported by the foundation, which  works with community members, state and local governments, and other institutions to improve health and vitality of greater Boston.
Images courtesy of the Boston Foundation

Paul S. Grogan: How a community foundation becomes a civic leader

The Boston Foundation envisions its role as more than just a philanthropy; it also serves as a civic leader, says the foundation president in this Q&A.

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