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Enhancing the Creative Thinker

In schools today, we know we need to innovate in order to offer a high-quality educational program. Technological changes, global connections, and the evolving skills needed for contemporary life require us to stay fresh, to remain open to new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning. But what exactly does innovation look like? How does innovation work across disciplines and divisions? Do teachers and administrators share similar visions of what innovation is? What new ideas in education are creating the most traction?
“At the core of Saint Andrew’s today, we aim to develop students who will become intellectual risk- takers, leading students to become innovative divergent thinkers.”
~Elias Bassil, Chief Information Officer
At Saint Andrew’s School we challenged our community to innovate. A team of educators set out to explore and find meaning in the oft-used expression: “innovation in education.” As a team, we were committed to thinking more deeply about teaching. We also want to contribute to the execution of our school’s five-year strategic plan launched in 2014. We will “renew our school’s commitment to innovative teaching” with a focus on the education of creative thinking learners.  Being a forward-looking college preparatory school, one of our objectives is to “provide innovative and appropriate technology to support instruction in all areas… to strengthen the school’s commitment to education relevant to the global community and to establish best practices.”

Innovation: With these ideas in mind, we are exploring the global Internet, peruse the latest books in the field, and are asking questions of our colleagues and ourselves. In particular, we examining the stages of innovation already occurring in the SAS curriculum, with a desire to support and improve these practices.

Creativity: Adding creativity to the traditional classroom dynamic stresses a different type of skill from that of collaboration. Creativity showcases originality and individuality and fosters the development of a personal-learning paradigm and network. Idea creation guides a student through her personal lines of inquiry and methods of inquiring.

Integration and Collaboration: Whether writing an essay, completing a science lab, putting on a play, or building a robot, students are more likely to engage meaningfully because their reputation for quality work is at stake within their peer group. Additionally, when creating video or team-teaching a class, students experience firsthand how divergent ideas can push creation further or, conversely, how ideas can be modified or crafted for a comprehensive, unified effect. Finally, students have the opportunity for goal setting and self-reflection when asked to project and assess their own contribution to the group effort.

Enhancing Funding for Technology and Innovation

Your gift toward Technology and Innovation is an investment in the young people at the core of SAS. To help preserve this strong community, please consider:
  • establishing an endowment for Technology and Innovation
  • setting up a planned gift, or
  • contributing to the Saint Andrew’s Annual Fund and designating it to “Innovation and Technology.” 

For more information, please contact Ronnie Bidder at 561.210.2063 or ronnie.bidder@saintandrews.net.

Giving Opportunities

An endowed fund can be established to benefit the learning environment on campus. Funds can benefit specific buildings, classrooms, or the grounds. Capital endowed funds may be established beginning at the following levels:

Endowed Fund for Innovation
$250,000+

Endowed Student Technology Fund
$50,000+

Beyond capital and endowment giving, you may choose to support the Annual Fund.  Our financial goal for the 2014-2015 Annual Fund Campaign is $1.2 Million. Gifts of any amount can be made to the Annual Fund for Technology and Innovation at Saint Andrew's School. For more information, please contact Lisa Daly at 561.210.2069 or lisa.daly@saintandrews.net.
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