Welcome to the Red House
Our work seeks to shape a new learning paradigm that expands high-impact practices at Georgetown University, confronts systemic injustice, improves wellbeing and healing, while controlling the rising costs of a transformative education.
Engaging in values-driven design and testing of new models.
Managing a portfolio of experimental courses.
Supporting transformation with campus partners through the Baker Trust.
There is no racial justice without equity in education. Without systemic innovation, it is impossible to transform educational systems to make equity possible. We commit to being more successful at modeling and enacting change – for our own staff, for our Georgetown community, and for our colleagues and collaborators across the educational landscape.
Our Model for Innovation and Change
Over many years we have developed an approach to innovation in a traditional university that takes on three questions at the same time:
How do you make it possible for new ideas to emerge in a traditional university?
How do you develop and scale the best ideas?
How do you ensure that the best new ideas have transformational impact?
The Baker Trust for Transformative Learning makes strategic investments in innovation that advance the changing paradigm for learning. Investments target research, design, implementation, and scaling of new approaches to developing the skills, mindsets, and values necessary for graduates to take on the world’s greatest problems and shape a more just world.
The Baker Trust invests in a values-driven portfolio of prototypes and pilots, within and across the Schools, intended to catalyze innovation, cross-silo collaboration, and long-term structural change that advances an equitable and financially sustainable transformative education.
The Baker Trust sits under the Office of the Provost and is managed and supported through the Red House and the Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative, which operate as an educational R&D unit for Georgetown.
News & Events
One of the key decisions we made as a center was to engage students in the work of preparing faculty to teach remotely. The decision to collaborate was born out of necessity; we wanted to offer faculty a rich, high-touch experience but lacked the resources to run offerings with CNDLS staff alone.
“In short, Giordano explained, no two experiences are the same, and rarely can you be truly “prepared” for any of them.”
We have the opportunity to leverage what we have learned amidst the pain and loss of this past year to imagine and commit to a deeper transformation of higher education than we thought possible a year ago.
The work of the Summer Institute will be animated by a set of design principles that seek to help campuses develop an integrated and agile approach to institutional change that ensures a future in which a more diverse and inclusive institution supports a more holistic definition of student success.
Jointly hosted by
Georgetown University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Xavier University of Louisiana
in collaboration with the American Talent Initiative (ATI)