The school chose to use its Innovation Funds to update the library (Inquiry Center) to create a 21st Century Learning Environment for digital learning and literacy, complete with flexible furniture, docking stations for computers, a maker's space, and creative library, media, technology and community centers. BVSD's Innovation Guiding Principles were the foundation for the project design.


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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.

We plan to innovate and upgrade our library (which we call the Inquiry Center in alignment with IB) to create a 21st Century Learning Environment for digital learning and literacy, complete with flexible furniture, docking stations for computers, a maker's space, and creative library, media, technology, community centers.


2. How will you involve stakeholders in the decision making process concerning the use of the innovation funds for your site?  

We have invited voices from stakeholders through our DAT. This team has included community members, parents, the Library Media Specialist, our IB coordinator, Principal, Assistant Principal, teacher representatives from PreK-5 classrooms, Music, Art, PE, architects and of course Project Manager. We have met monthly as a large team and additionally as a smaller "internal" school team to create the overall vision and purpose of these innovations, as well as to determine the details and logistics of the vision.


3. How does your project support The Success Effect? (BVSD's Strategic Plan-Mission/Vision/Goals)

Our project directly supports several aspects of the BVSD Mission, Vision and Values. It supports value #2 which states that “societal inequities and unique learning needs will not be barriers to student success.” As the most highly impacted elementary school in BVSD (75% poverty, 40%+ ELL), we are working hard to break the cycle of poverty through high quality educational experiences. Our project will help us to ensure that we are providing every tool possible through our learning environment, to contribute to a robust preparation for our students to be successful and prepared for middle school, high school, college and career. All students will be able to use this space to level the playing field.

The completion of this project will amplify our ability to support the BVSD Success Effect priorities of talent, learning and partnership. Our school reaches beyond our students, teachers and staff to the broader community of their parents and families. Not only will we be able to more comprehensively provide our students with the skills they need to be successful, curious lifelong learners, and to cultivate the professional learning of our teachers, we also reach the whole family system of our students through our Family Resource and Extended Learning Center, as well as many community partners. Our library hosts professional development for all of our faculty, teaching guests from other IB schools, CU partners, and many parent events. We host parent educational groups several nights a week for GED classes, English classes, Citizenship Preparation classes and the like, provided by our community partners and our own faculty.


4. Review the Innovation Guiding Principles and discuss with your stakeholders. How will your project align to one or more of the guiding principles?


Our project aligns to the guidelines that “Learning is personalized and learner-led and founded in inquiry.

Learning is personalized and learner-led and founded in inquiry. Our innovative library space is intended to create the environment and tools to provoke curiosity through the learning cycle with ideation spaces such as a maker’s space and collaborative and individual learning structures. Through our innovations the following will be available:

  • Students are able to self-assess progress through technology tools
  • Strong sightlines throughout learning zones of the library
  • Space for pair and team meeting
  • Conference and small group spaces for meetings for students and adults
  • White board walls
  • Mobile computing
  • Zones to accommodate project design process, collaboration, resources from multiple disciplines
  • Storage of student and professional materials, projects in progress and exemplars presentation area 
  • Technology enhanced zones, computer docking stations
  • Wide array of flexible furnishings to support variety of tasks and soft seating to support independent reflective and small group collaborative 

5. Determine what your learning outcomes are for your innovation. What will happen as a result of this innovation?


In the new, innovative library that we will create following outcomes will occur and be measured:

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate mastery of literacy as appropriate to specialized content and/or student’s unique needs (1b)

Outcome 2: Students will Use technology to: (3d) accelerate their learning and communicate effectively.

Outcome 3: Students make connections across larger themes and between disciplines(1e).


6. Determine how you will measure the progress towards and achievement of your learning outcome. What is your plan for gathering data to show that the change is positively impacting learning at your site?


Measurement 1: Qualitative Data: Student, teacher, parent surveys regarding use and effectiveness of the innovative library space to amplify mastery of literacy, specialized content and unique needs. Quantitative Data: Demonstrated on the following measures utilized 3 times per year: iReady, Benchmark Assessement Kits, BVSD Writing tasks.

Measurement 2: Qualitative Data: Student, teacher, parent surveys regarding use and effectiveness of the innovative library space to accelerate learning and communication. Quantitative Data: Daily/weekly use of iPads, Chromebooks, digital presentations and research by students.

Measurement 3: Qualitative Data: Student, teacher, parent surveys regarding use and effectiveness of the innovative library space to make connections across themes and disciplines.IB transdisciplinary studies conducted through collaboration, technology and digital connectedness with peers.


7. What professional learning and support might your staff might need in order to reach the desired learning outcomes for the space?


Our staff actively seeks continuous Professional Learning (PL) through BVSD. We will continue to participate in, and provide, PL to sharpen our skills and efficacy in: providing digital learning environments and tools, blended learning, online literacy and math practice tools for students, IB transdisciplinary teaching, effective use of a variety of spaces to cultivate collaborative and independent learning, reciprocal teaching among students, creative learning through makers space and tinkering.

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