For its Innovation project, Birch Elementary created a unique learning commons area that can facilitate both large and small group activities. In addition, the school acquired new furniture for all of its classrooms, with mobile desks and chairs that can accommodate a variety of learning situations and projects. BVSD's Innovation Guiding Principle: "Mastery of Learning is Demonstrated in Multiple Ways" was the foundation for the design.
During the first school year the new space was used, educators were asked to monitor and track growth towards the outcomes identified in their project plan and present the findings in a digital story. The story was framed by the question, "How is innovation shifting the story of learning at our school?"
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To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions:
1. Briefly describe the project that you plan to implement with your Innovation Funds.