Last week, the Ei community and I completed a month-long Kickstarter campaign for Leap Kit. The days leading up to the campaign and throughout the month of October were full of twists and turns. This post will be a space to capture and share the lessons learned from leading the kickstarter campaign. Hopefully, it can … Read More
Imagine a room filled with brightly colored boxes stacked along the walls and surrounded by bundles of quiz cards, notebooks, stickers, post-its, binder clips, and sharpies. There’s a whiteboard in the corner displaying drawings for a new marketing graphic, and on the computer beside it, Adobe Illustrator is starting to load and Google Calendar is … Read More
Alright, so after googling State of the Union and watching a few past speeches it seemed like a good idea to write one for Experience Institute. Not because I think of myself as a president. It’s merely an interesting way to frame an honest look at our successes and failures in 2015 while sharing goals for 2016. … Read More
They were all nervous. This was the first big critique of the year. Even though Ei doesn’t share many similarities with traditional education programs, we do assign something akin to homework; a documenting assignment that tasks students to synthesize their previous term’s experiences into a story to be shared with the greater Ei community. For many of … Read More
Ei is more than a school for individuals who design their own education. We are also a design studio that adapts design thinking for k-12, higher ed, and businesses. One aspect of that work is our Design Thinking collaborations with K12 schools. (You can see these collaborations demonstrated in the video below highlighting our work with … Read More
Our students are already well into their third and final term. And in less than two months they’ll be back in Chicago to share and celebrate at EXPO. Time is flying. Before this term is all but passed, we’d like to share where the students have landed and what work and learnings they’re tackling.
Join Ei’s Powerful 12-Month Program and Gain Real-World Experience Through Coaching, Apprenticeships and Travel. Education is powerful. It leads individuals into greater opportunities and shapes our society as a whole. It seems, however, that much of our education happens outside of the classroom; when we’re faced with challenges that no amount of studying could resolve. So … Read More
At Experience Institute, we’re used to having conversations with people who are learning to risk and risking to learn, who want to take their education into their own hands, and who are at the edge of taking a leap to create something great. Even in that context, the Girls Driving for a Difference team is … Read More
Coaches are Ei team members who work with a small cohort of students (3-4), providing weekly social-emotional support, useful feedback, and practical life and career guidance. They act both as sustainers-of-courage and demanders-of-accountability.
For Ei, learning happens everywhere. We don’t have a campus. Our classrooms occur amidst a jungle of skyscrapers and coffee shops, offices and community spaces. Our students learn among a diverse population and study in diverse settings, embracing circumstances that challenge them to adapt and grow.