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?"
To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions.
A) The original elementary computer lab space downstairs will be redesigned to create a core learning space for all students across our K-8 that will invite large group presentations, classroom experiences, and small group work teams in the midst of the library space. This inviting, inclusive space will be open to multiple grades in order to foster connection between classes as well as across the middle-level content areas. The goal here is to foster a sense of community in our larger PK-8 with the focus and goal of inspiring curious life-long learners from the library. This space will offer flexible stadium seating configurations for grade level town hall meetings, the opportunity to host full classes in the space, and technology to support both student-led and teacher-led presentations. as well as transform into a collaborative area that supports informal, spontaneous learning.
Students and teachers will be asked common questions about the changes in the Library/ Think Tank and Learning Dens. These answers will be collected and published.
Students and teachers will participate in a focus group about the Distance Learning Lab. The results will be shared via video and published statements.
Teachers will be asked about shifts in teaching practice that have been made possible by innovation funding (both space renovation and new furniture). These answers will be collected and published.