In its Innovation Project, the school created a flexible learning space in a central area of the building. This space extends from the library into an academic area and corridor. The new space includes large and small group collaborative learning areas with flexible arrangement of open learning environments. Technology is integrated in the space allowing for wireless connectivity and multi-modal presentations. Adjacent to the area is a collaboration space for staff. The project aligns with two of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is Founded in Inquiry and Learning is a Social Process.
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:
We have shared our school Vision and Mission (aligned to Success Effect) as a guiding foundation to DAT. Specifically we believe this will be a learning space where kids will be able to "create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities" outside of the traditional 4-wall classroom structure. This space will also allow for environment to promote an "innovative approach to education and move forward as "successful, curious, lifelong learners."
Substantial and explicit learning and development on efficient and effective use of flexible learning spaces. Staff will learn how to integrate their inquiry-based and collaborative learning structures in this open and flexible environment, beyond the traditional.