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i4: Inly’s Own Innovation Curriculum

At Inly School, innovation is in our DNA. Through continuous innovation we consciously work to ensure that we are and remain a forward-looking institution.  Inly’s proprietary Innovation Curriculum (i4), a part of our ‘Montessori+’ approach, integrates Montessori principles, innovation and process models into every aspect of learning. Maria Montessori’s remarkable, century-old vision for creating better, more supportive and engaging schools is enhanced by Inly Montessori+. At Inly we help each individual child discover who they are and how they want to live in this ever-evolving world.

What is i4? i4 is an ever-evolving process born from years of working with people of all ages to discover, explore and create. i4 helps to develop imagination, compassion, understanding, newness and insight by integrating creative problem solving, design thinking, and human-centered design principles into an iterative process. At Inly innovation and skills development is unleashing every student’s potential to develop groundbreaking ideas in the modern world.

i4 Curriculum Overview

The i4’s — Imagine, Inquire, Invent, Implement — are designed to heighten Inly’s core curriculum by helping connect traditional subject matter and content to real-world applications through our simple, but powerful proprietary i4 process. 

Inly’s Innovation Curriculum (i4)  helps learners gain the skills necessary to address real-world needs and opportunities through an interdisciplinary, human centered approach with hands-on, experiential learning for enhanced next century skills development. 

  • Imagine: It’s been said that it takes 4,000 ideas to generate one commercial success in today’s market. (i4) starts early at Inly, encouraging the power of ideation through divergent thinking principles and opportunities. Quantity breeds quality. 

  • Inquire: Inquiry is all about teaching our learners the art and science of recognizing opportunity, asking questions, getting to the right questions and using iterative frameworks to explore and create.

  • Invent:  Using the power of play, observation and experimentation, our learners use physical and intellectual exploration to think, build, and test possible solutions. 

  • Implement:  The 4th i moves exploration into workable ideas.  Action allows for learning, failure and iteration. Students are taught to ask themselves:
    • What’s working well?
    • What should we do differently?
    • What have we learned?
Our kids will create new industries. They will have jobs that don’t exist yet and the only way to prepare them is to teach them to think. – Donna Milani Luther

da Vinci Studio in Action

Why does innovation learning and teaching matter?

  1. Recent advances in neuroscience reveal to us that the brain is far more malleable than we ever knew. Research on brain plasticity shows how connectivity between neurons changes with experience. Learning and Teaching at Inly focuses on innovation learning and teaching to cultivate entrepreneurial and growth-oriented mindsets.

  2. Information matters. In this incredibly dense information age, innovation learning and teaching helps us all to distinguish information sources and resources and determine their viability.

  3. Through innovation learning and teaching, skills and capabilities are taught so that we know how to reflect, change and better know ourselves and others.

  4. In an increasingly complex and technological world, learning for creativity, collaboration, persuasion and emotional intelligence are lifelong assets. 

 Innovation learning and teaching help learners:
  • Identify and critically think through problems, solutions and big ideas. 

  • Design creative prototypes that address those problems, solutions and big ideas. 

  • Effectively communicate ideas and solutions to others.

Next-Century Learning

Innovation in Practice
Inly’s da Vinci Studio is a place where critical and creative thinking come to life.

Cultivating Creative Thinking at School and at Home
A conversation with Paul Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds, authors, makers and visionary leaders of FableVision.

By Kristi Funderburk, Cohasset Mariner
A quiet room for thinking, a place where writing on the walls is welcome, nooks where learners can take a break from their regular schedule—the newest building on the Inly campus is ready to expand the learning potential for the school's 280 students.

Print and Digital Find the Perfect Home
Inly’s new innovation hub is officially unveiled.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build the youth for our future.” This is the imperative for schools in this century.

Inly School

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Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
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