BCSIS's Innovation Project will create a flexible space that will be used for a variety of activities such as mindfulness work, drama, Socratic Seminars, presentations, movement and dance, and arts integration. This space will be a room that inspires creativity. The project aligns with two of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is Founded in Inquiry and Mastery of Learning is a Demonstrated in Multiple Ways.
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 employed our entire DAT team in this decision-making process. That team included teachers, administrator, parents, and staff. We also presented the idea to our PTO ED Council and they gave input and brainstormed ideas. That Council includes teachers, staff, administrator, and parents.
Library Proposal ~ We have teachers and parents on our DAT team. We have also reached out to the community at large to participate on the DAT. Because BCSIS and High Peaks share a building, this process was really a springboard for us to consider how we might leverage this opportunity to create spaces that support the Aurora 7 campus library. The combined DAT discussions also led to the decision for each school to set aside some funds to collaboratively work on renovating the library spaces.
Success Effect Priority ~ Learning: Successful, Curious, Lifelong Learners BVSD honors innovative teaching techniques that allow students to take the lead in learning, so we’re committed to fostering students’ curiosity, interests, creativity, strengths, and passions.
The core mission and vision of BCSIS is to use the arts to strengthen students’ deeper academic learning. This space will be used to implement our arts integrated program. The arts help students to be flexible thinkers, responsive to their environment and learning, and creative thinkers. The arts deepen understanding of complex concepts due to the innate problem-solving nature of creative learning.
Success Effect ~ Vision: We develop our children’s greatest abilities and make possible the discovery and pursuit of their dreams which, when fulfilled, will benefit us all. We provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.
One of the primary motivations for using Arts Integration is that child develop independent ideas, styles of expression, creative thought, and an independent connection with the world. By incorporating drama, movement, performance, music, dance, and creative projects using this mindful space, children will further develop lifelong learning capabilities. This corresponds with the educational philosophy of the Third Space; children incorporate and integrate their personal life, their individual style, passions, interests, experiences, in such a way that brings life and meaning to academic learning. This leads to students who can better confront the challenges of their time as they grow older.
Library Proposal ~ This space will help our school to actualize the district mission of creating challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for our children. Our current environment is often a barrier to leveraging these sorts of activities for our kids.The district vision of providing a “comprehensive and innovative approach to education that promotes “successful, curious, lifelong learners” aligns to the current path of our school’s instructional journey. These changes in our space will act as a catalyst to as a part of our journey as a school and will help to support our goal of personalizing learning for students.
BCSIS will use several assessment tools to determine the overall effectiveness of the Mindful Space: Including parent surveys (Do parents feel their child is engaged with learning that is meaningful and effective?), PARCC and CMAS (Arts Integration, including drama and performance, is especially impactful of literacy learning and social studies exploration), and the Student Climate Survey (Do students feel they are excited to come to school, learning new things this year, and learning about other cultures?)
Library Proposal ~
For the past 5 years, we have worked with two highly effective guest artists in the area of dramatic learning, dramatic integration into academics, and presentations. We will continue to employ the specific activities, strategies, and instructional approaches we have gained from these two guest artists. The focus will be the integration of drama, movement, and performance into literacy learning and social studies.
Library Space: We will explore new best-practice instruction and learning strategies within the media-specialist role, and for use in the library space.