Closing the gap between research and practice in areas critical to education's future
The Institutes at Kent Denver are an educational initiative managed by the Office of Innovation. Individual institutes strategically resource intentional areas of education critical to its future. In addition to partnerships with industry professionals, each institute has a restricted endowment to support its work. Currently, Kent Denver has three Institutes: The Rollins Institute for Technology and Design, the Anschutz-Hunt Institute for Entrepreneurial Education, and the Walker Institute for Wellness.
Bringing together diverse expertise and skills
Innovative problem solving requires access to deep expertise and diverse perspectives. As such each institute seeks to attract professional, educational and community partners in order to collectively share resources, ask questions, identify problems and glean insights into the field. This network of researchers, practitioners, innovators, and thought leaders is accessible to Kent Denver and the broader community in order to help close the gap between research and classroom practices.
Prototyping extraordinary educational experiences
Through the Office of Innovation, a symbiotic relationship is created between Kent Denver and its Institutes that accelerates educational innovation and leverages Institute expertise. Institutes support the shaping of educational experiences at Kent Denver School and Kent Denver’s educational experiences inform future work of the Institutes. Students, faculty, and parents benefit from this relationship in the form of professional development, coursework, mentorship, funding, resources and other forms of programming.
Increasing access to extraordinary educational experiences
Institutes strive to add value to and increase resources for the broader educational community, specifically in under-resourced schools. Through their work, Institutes partner to create and share programming, curriculum, and events that inspire meaningful change.