Special Projects

The Foundation partners with the District and New Trier faculty to identify special initiatives that can benefit the students in multiple ways and have the potential to engage the larger community.

New Trier Business Education teachers are bringing INCubatoredu to the classroom to provide students with real world entrepreneurship experience. INCubatoredu — a nationally recognized program that provides a specialized curriculum to hundreds of member schools in over a dozen states — provides online instructional materials, consultation on how the classroom is designed, a coaching and mentoring framework, and professional development resources for teachers and volunteers.

In this year-long course, students have the opportunity to fully develop their product or service. Business experts from the community serve as volunteer coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the processes. At the end of the school year, each team presents to a group of local entrepreneurs and business leaders mimicking ABC’s popular business pitch show, “Shark Tank.”

This year 62 students are enrolled in the first incubator at New Trier– Entrepreneurship: Start-Up U. This experience will model a start-up environment similar to spaces like 1871 in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The faculty believe some groups will produce business ideas that provide services to people in need. They also believe this course will motivate students to think differently and
more critically about issues or problems that can be
resolved in our school and community.

The Glass Arts

“Glass art is finding its way into many high school curriculums across the county.
New Trier is leading the way, providing our students opportunities with glass in a
high school setting that we didn’t know were possible.”

  – Alicia Landes, Art Department Chair

The Glass Art program at New Trier is a very popular course program, and many students are drawn to the art, something quite unique that New Trier offers, unlike most high schools. It rivals college level studios.

The glass art studio in the new wing of the school building is sunlit and expansive.  There is a need for additional equipment – a new reheat chamber and an annealing kiln.  As the popularity of glass art increases, so does the demand for more advanced students and advanced projects.

The additional equipment will also serve as a tribute to Mori Weinstein who graduated from New Trier in 2012 and who had a deep passion for the glass arts. “Mori Weinstein was, beyond everything else, loyal to his friends,” said his adviser, Robert Berlin. “Whether he was skateboarding after school or creating a work of art, Mori was interested in the people who were sharing the experience with him.” In 2016, a tragic accident occurred where he and three others died.

Glass Art teacher, Monique Boyd remembers him fondly, and appreciated his skills, and his personality. He had an attention to detail that made his craft unique and technical. Mori was so passionate about glass art that he and his dad set up a glass art shop in his garage where he could create. His works are gallery worthy.