How might we continue to evolve and innovate in order to provide an excellent education that prepares students for the future?


The RCDS Institute encourages and empowers RCDS faculty to lead, collaborate, and innovate as they develop and implement ideas that advance the School’s mission and values, thereby ensuring ongoing programmatic evolution, professional growth, and transformative experiences for students.

Institute Objectives

A collaborative commitment to values

Cultivate a deep commitment and collaborative approach to School values by tying together current and future initiatives and priorities.

Faculty as leaders and innovators

Promote a thriving faculty by creating opportunities for faculty to lead, collaborate, and innovate while delivering the School’s mission, recognizing that in order to thrive, faculty must feel empowered and supported in taking initiative, and must have meaningful opportunities to contribute, learn, and grow.

An integrated curriculum for the future

Facilitate the development of and ongoing support for an integrated curriculum and pedagogy that readies students to contribute to and flourish within a complex and interconnected world.

Global partnerships

Contribute to and learn from the global dialogue on education, and form partnerships with educational institutions around the world.

Institute Leadership

Eliza McLaren
Director of the Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning; Director of Marketing and Communications

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Institute Fellowships

The RCDS Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning has overseen 15 faculty-led projects since its launch in 2016. As of 2019, 28 RCDS faculty members have served as Institute fellows.

Each year, the School solicits proposals from faculty for projects that extend their passions and ideas beyond their individual classrooms and disciplines. The RCDS administration selects five projects for the Institute to fund and support. Institute fellows have one summer and the following school year to grow their projects from idea to implementation. The Institute then supports the integration of successful projects into the School’s program. The Institute serves as an innovation lab for faculty and is based on the belief that encouraging creativity, innovation, and leadership amongst teachers is critical to providing an excellent education to students.


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