About Me: http://about.me/boadams1
Google+: Bo Adams (mountvernonschool); Bo Adams (personal)
Bo Adams considers himself first and foremost to be a learner. He treasures being a dad, as well as an educator and innovator. Bo identifies as an adventure sport enthusiast, and he actively pursues hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. In September 2016, he began a challenge to summit all 54 fourteeners in Colorado. Bo loves to read, write, draw, design, tinker, think and do. Bo believes any boundaries between school and life should be blurred and semi-permeable at least. For more than a decade, his core research question has been, “If school is meant to prepare kids for real life, then why doesn’t school look more like real life?”
In June 2013, Bo joined Mount Vernon Presbyterian School as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, and Bo could not have been more excited to become a member of the team at this leading school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Additionally, Bo serves as Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, a transformation design studio and PK-12 R&D lab. He’s extremely proud of his involvement in the establishment of the Innovation Diploma at Mount Vernon. Bo remains active as an edu-blogger at It’s About Learning (https://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com) and @boadams1 on Twitter. Additionally, Bo regularly pursues deeper understanding in the area of “schools of the future and the future of schools.”
From July 2012 to May 2013, Bo served as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in transformational change processes, communications, and brand significance.
From 1995 until 2012, Bo worked at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, where he fulfilled a number of roles during his tenure there. In Bo’s last nine years at Westminster, he served as the principal of the Junior High School. In 2006, Bo co-founded The Center for Teaching at The Westminster Schools. Bo’s primary points of focus throughout his principalship were faculty development, professional learning communities, assessment literacy, project-based learning, change management and educational innovation. In 2010, Bo and Jill Gough launched “Synergy” – a community-issues, project-based, problem-identification-and-solutions course for eighth graders. Prior to coming to Westminster, Bo worked at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia; Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, Virginia; and Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, North Carolina.
Two Speaking Demonstrations – Martin Institute & TEDxAtlanta
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Carney, Sandoe & Associates names Bo one of 8 Thought Leaders to Follow Now (December 19, 2013)
More about Bo’s Previous Chapters
- Posted on September 14, 2017, A.J. Juliani interviewed Bo about the innovative work happening at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation.
- While Bo was at Unboundary, “We Love Creativity” conducted and published a series of interviews with Bo.
- On Feb. 29, 2012, students from the Westminster 8th grade Writing Workshop team that produces the Wildcat Press Xpress posted this podcast interview with Bo. Thanks WPX!