Boulder High School used its innovation funds to remodel the library into a Curiosity Center that benefits the entire school and potentially the community. The goal is to create a space that is appealing to and used by all members of the student body.
The remodeled space has areas where students can work alone or in groups of one or two or even more. Furniture is comfortable and easily moved so it can quickly be set up in a variety of configurations. Technology supports learning throughout the space with WiFi connectivity and several large, wall-mounted monitors for accessing the Internet together or presenting student work.
The Curiosity Center will combine the library space with the cafeteria to create a space that is the heart of the school. The project aligns with two of BVSD's 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:
For outcome number 1, we will use Educator Effectiveness data from standards 3d and 5b to collect quantitative data. For outcome number 2, we will use qualitative data in the forms of student/staff surveys, photos documentation of the use of the space, and anecdotal information from conversations with students.