innovation

Center for Innovation  —  At Rocky Hill Country Day School, innovation is a mindset and begins with creating a culture of risk-taking. It’s not just about gadgets in the classroom. Rather, it’s about designing authentic learning experiences that integrate content and skills across disciplines, with the habits of mind necessary for success in a rapidly changing world. Together, students and faculty identify and attempt to solve some of the planet’s most challenging problems.

Social Innovation  —  Students focus their passions on building a better future for all, understanding that their efforts can have a direct and positive impact on the world. Social innovation is the intersection of impact, value, and growth of an idea to address a human-centered or environmental challenge. 

Join us as we explore the future of education and work globally. Together, let’s create a more relevant, meaningful, and inclusive learning experience for all.

E2  PROGRAM | EMBEDDED ENTREPRENEURS

E2  PROGRAM
EMBEDDED ENTREPRENEURS

Our first-of-its-kind program, launched in 2017, engages social entrepreneurs within Rocky Hill Country Day’s N-12 campus, to generate a mutually beneficial ecosystem serving students, educators, families, and Edtech founders. Students and teachers evaluate the latest educational platforms, products, and services within the context of our competency-based curriculum and offer qualitative feedback to startup founders.

By collaborating with real-world makers, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, Rocky Hill Country Day students develop the mindset necessary to ask bold questions, test working prototypes, practice agency, and lead decision-making, all while collaborating within an authentic entrepreneurial cycle.

Benefits to Students

  • Exposure to risk-takers, makers, and real world entrepreneurs
  • Access to exponential industries, internships, and the future world of work
  • Opportunity to develop our Student Competencies, an innovative mindset, and resiliency in the face of failure
  • A dedicated framework to collaborate and prototype with diverse perspectives to understand social innovation

IIR | INNOVATORS-IN-RESIDENCE

Rocky Hill Country Day School encourages students to be brave learners, capable of navigating a complex and changing world. To that end, our “Innovator-In-Residence” program invites innovators from around the globe to engage our students across disciplines as they explore how these change-makers are making an impact in their fields.

Available to ALL Students
Students across all divisions have the opportunity to work with these individuals as they share their professional journey, exchange critical dialogue, and explore multidisciplinary real-world learning that inspires students and teachers alike.

Innovators are identified as the top in their fields, combining skills in novel ways to create exponential impact in the world. These residents are brought to campus to initiate or elevate dialogue around big, bold ideas.

Supports Competency-Based Learning
Residents engage with the Rocky Hill Country Day community in a variety of ways, unique to the resident and the scope of their work. This program provides an opportunity for students and teachers to experience an array of topics presented, and uncover how they can connect these ideas to our competency-focused curriculum. Our Innovators-in-Residence allow students to see what they might be, provide exposure to new ideas, and apply classroom learning to the real and future world of work. 

MEET THE INNOVATORS...

MEET THE INNOVATORS

SUSAN FONSECA LANHAM

Innovator-in-Residence
Explored the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and exponential technologies through cross-divisional classroom experiences.

ALEX AND ANI

Artist-in-Residence
Explored the intersection of business, commerce, design, and manufacturing through a design challenge.

ANNA BESS MOYER BELL

Artist-in-Residence
Explored the intersection of writing, acting, communication, and mental health and wellness with students in all divisions through classroom engagement on the dramatic process.

HANNAH CHUNG

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Explored the intersection of social innovation, rapid prototyping, and global impact through focus groups and design thinking processes.

...ELEVATING DIALOGUE AROUND BIG BOLD IDEAS

HACK FOR GLOBAL GOOD

By Students. For Students.

HACK FOR GLOBAL GOOD

By Students. For Students.

Hack For Global Good was created by two Rhode Island high school students focused on bringing together diverse teams from across the state to help solve a Global Challenge. This statewide experience is designed for students in public, private, homeschool, and charter school students grades 9-12. 

Vision:  To launch a statewide initiative that exposes high school students to 21st Century skills during a real world scenario. Develop learning modules that incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship exposing RI students to new ideas, opportunities, and an innovator’s mindset.

Created BY students, FOR students.

Student Founder Goals:

  1. Have fun while learning new skills
  2. Work on Problems that MATTER
  3. Network with real-world experts, mentors, and innovators
  4. Collaborate with peers from across Rhode Island

SKILLS DEVELOPED

Based on feedback from participants, the Top 5 skills students developed during the hackathon were:

TEAMWORK &
COLABORATION

PROBLEM SOLVING

PRESENTATION
SKILLS

IDEATION

NETWORKING

RHCD INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

Educators must develop deeper networks as students seek to apply new skills and understandings to the real-world. The job of the educator is to be both curator as well as creator of learning experiences that help turn connections into deep learning outside our walls. The ability to integrate the outside world into what is happening on campus for our students is a critical 21st century teaching skill that will prepare our students for life beyond higher education. RHCD develops relationships with organizations working to make a difference across all sectors. We collaborate with non-profits, NGO’s, Universities, Social Enterprises, Start-Up Ventures, Researchers, and Community-Based Arts Organizations to ignite curiosity and ensure relevancy of what we do as a school.

Educators must develop deeper networks as students seek to apply new skills and understandings to the real-world. The job of the educator is to be both curator as well as creator of learning experiences that help turn connections into deep learning outside our walls. The ability to integrate the outside world into what is happening on campus for our students is a critical 21st century teaching skill that will prepare our students for life beyond higher education. RHCD develops relationships with organizations working to make a difference across all sectors. We collaborate with non-profits, NGO’s, Universities, Social Enterprises, Start-Up Ventures, Researchers, and Community-Based Arts Organizations to ignite curiosity and ensure relevancy of what we do as a school.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT INNOVATION AT RHCD OR WORK WITH US?

MEG STOWE

Director of Innovation

MEG STOWE

BS, Denison University
M.Ed, Lesley University

mstowe@rockyhill.org
401.884.9070 | ext. 182
MORE ABOUT MEG

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
INNOVATION AT RHCD OR WORK WITH US?

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BUSTER McDOG

FIRST GRADE TEACHER

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MEG STOWE

DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

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CONTACT US

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Rocky Hill Country Day School

530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Phone: 401.884.9070
Fax: 401.885.4985