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.

We are

An educational R&D unit: ​

Engaging in values-driven design and testing of new models.

An academic 'edge' unit:

Managing a portfolio of experimental courses.

A funding unit:

Supporting transformation with campus partners through the Baker Trust for Transformative Learning.

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

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.

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.​

News & Events

Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute 2024

On May 20–22, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) hosted the annual Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI).  Faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors from all Georgetown campuses explore strategies for

April Student Dinner

Last month, the student team relaunched the Red House’s first Dinner Series event. This series is one of the student-driven projects at the Red House. These dinners are open to students from all majors and campuses