Institute for Innovation
Connecting the dots.
In the fall of 2014, the Mountain Brook school system launched the Institute for Innovation after a team of Mountain Brook educators and community leaders affirmed their belief that education must be transformed. The mission of the Institute for Innovation is to establish a clear pathway for innovation within our education system.
Through the Institute for Innovation, Mountain Brook teachers are encouraged to apply for annual grants to fund innovative and transformative ideas within their classrooms. Each year, the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundations funds the selected ideas with the goal of equipping students with skill sets needed for the 21st century: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and effective communication.
Grant recipients are required to blog about their funded projects throughout the year and present year-end findings to the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The mission of the Institute for Innovation is to establish a pathway for a culture of innovators. Selected grants focus on problem solving through play, passion and purpose; creating new-to-the world ideas; empowering teachers and students with a growth mindset and learning how other organizations and individuals foster innovative practices.
The purpose for the Institute is for students to learn to:
- To problem solve through play, passion, and purpose
- To create new-to-the-world ideas
- To empower teachers and students with a growth mindset
- To learn how other organizations and individuals foster innovative practices
Examples of Projects by the Institute for Innovation:
“Overall, the World Peace Game has shown me a totally different way of thinking and interacting with others.”– Mountain Brook Junior High Student“Bringing the World Peace Game to the Mountain Brook Junior High has been the most rewarding professional development experience in my 22 years in the classroom.”– Paul Hnizdil