Head of School, Mt. Vernon – Educational entrepreneur. Moonshot thinker. 21st century designer. Dr. Brett Jacobsen has emerged as an innovative leader in K-12 education.
Redefining school, Brett advocates for a new kind of framework for this generation of students. A 21st century framework for redesigning student success and demonstrating student mastery requires all learning communities to develop a relevant and innovative learning and assessment map for each student; recognizes the critical process of employing a variety of approaches and methodologies in order to engage and motivate students of this generation; and prioritizes the training and development of teachers in a fast paced digitally-based global marketplace.
Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period, Brett launched the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) comprised of The Center for Design Thinking, The Center for Global Competitiveness, and The Center for Citizen Leadership. Focused on addressing local and global challenges, MVIFI cultivates public-private partnerships to foster creative collaboration at the intersections of the marketplace, education sector, nonprofit and civic communities. A national leader in design thinking, Brett and his MVIFI team lead //fuse – an annual summit sharing Mount Vernon’s process in design thinking as a way to increase the critical mass of public and private schools immersed in human-centered problem solving.
Brett shares and expands his influence through his blogging, tweeting, and presenting at regional and national conferences. He also hosts a podcast – Design Movement, a 21st century learning and leadership conversation with business leaders, educational innovators, and nonprofit trailblazers. In addition, Brett serves as a board member of LEAD (Leadership Education and Development), an organization focused on education access and excellence for students from diverse backgrounds. He is a proud member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2013.