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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.  

Nedgine Paul founded the nonprofit Anseye Pou Ayiti -- roughly translated as "teach for Haiti" -- to improve the educational system in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Anseye Pou Ayiti

Nedgine Paul: Proving what is possible in Haiti

Reforming the Haitian educational system is a challenge. But by focusing on the country’s rich culture, customs and community, it is possible to make a difference, says the founder of a leadership development organization for teacher-leaders in Haiti.

Starr Garrett of the Memphis Teacher Residency

Memphis Teacher Residency intern Starr Garrett teaching at Kingsbury Elementary, a Memphis public school. MTR participants live and work together in a yearlong internship, then commit to teach in Memphis' underserved schools.
Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht

Living out the gospel by teaching, not preaching

The Memphis Teacher Residency prepares teachers to work in low-performing public schools in an intensive program that offers training and ongoing support. The ultimate goal, says its founder, is to bring justice to the poor and oppressed.

Students hard at work at St. James School, a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition. Photos courtesy of Al Cassidy

School brings life to empty buildings

A decaying and empty Episcopal church complex became an asset to its poor Philadelphia neighborhood after church leaders saw its potential as a free school for needy children.

Photo courtesy of Cristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey: Schools that work

With demanding academics and an innovative work-study program, Cristo Rey Catholic schools have thrived, sending thousands of disadvantaged students to college and creating a new and sustainable model of Catholic education.