Ross Institute’s mission is to transform the way education prepares learners with knowledge, skills, and values to succeed in and contribute to a complex, global society. As a nexus for cooperation between scholars and educators, Ross Institute seeks to convene and catalyze dialog across disciplines; foster applied, advanced research, modeling, and dissemination; and minimize the delay between research and application. Ross Institute is committed to providing comprehensive professional development resources for teachers through curriculum development and consultancy, both in person and online. Ross Institute oversees Ross School, a laboratory for teaching and learning, and ensures that Ross Learning System continues to be innovative and transformative wherever implemented.
Ross Institute has worked with leading universities and organizations, including Harvard's Graduate School of Education; NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; University of Southern California; Smithsonian Institution, Moorea Biocode Project, Moorea IDEA, National Geographic Society, Center for Curriculum Redesign and more. The Institute also maintains a strong mentor program, forging relationships with a broad range of experts—from academic scholars and education specialists to neuroscientists, musicians, wellness practitioners and more—who inform curriculum design and help guide professional development.
Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney and Steven J. Ross, who reimagined a pre-collegiate school designed to prepare students to thrive in the future. They established a transformative model for education: a newly designed curriculum, reinvented campus spaces, an empathetic culture, and an evolved learning environment that also considered faculty to be ongoing learners. Ross School offers the highest quality education for students and a tremendous commitment to teacher professional development. Ross School serves as a lab for teaching and learning and an incubator for educational innovation, preparing students for global literacy, citizenship, and leadership in the 21st century.
Globalization, with its unprecedented waves of migration, propagation of information, revolutionary new technologies, and changing forms of production, has created enormous pressures on postmodern societies. These pressures demand new forms of education to teach students the skills that will enable them to thrive in the shifting economic and cultural landscape.
Over the past two decades, Ross School and Ross Institute have worked with educators and scholars to develop an innovative laboratory model that meets the challenges of globalization while creating an inspiring educational setting that allows new ideas to be nurtured, tested, and shaped for introduction into a variety of educational settings. Expanding on the research of educational pioneers and leading scholars, Ross School engages in some of the best practices in education.