To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions.
Boulder Prep is planning a renovation to refresh our space in a way that will enhance our sense of community and improve student engagement/productivity. The main part of this project will be to upgrade our traditional classroom desks with collaborative learning furniture. By having the flexibility to arrange furniture in different ways, teachers can offer more activities that promote student engagement. As a small school with limited space, having the ability to change the layout of a classroom will open up more options and create a positive learning environment for our non-traditional learners. We are also looking to open up and modernize our lobby and communal space to give it more of a college feel. Our office spaces will also be updated to move away from traditional desks and add collaborative tables for a more college-style student study spaces. As a college preparatory school, it is important that the look and feel of our space closely represents the atmosphere that our students will see at the next level.
The stakeholders are made up of all 12 staff members and the student body, both of which will play a major role in the decision process. The staff participated in a number of meetings to voice their needs and thoughts design ideas and furniture selection. Also to gain product knowledge and ideas, the school staff took part in school visits to Whittier Elementary and Summit Middle School lead by Kiffany Lychock, Director of Educational Innovation. The student body has had several opportunities to hear ideas as well. The Headmaster hosted a workshop with the students where they saw renovation ideas and got to find some of their own. We received pictures and links from 12 students so far. As the project progresses, we will put up pictures of 3-5 final ideas for each component of the project for voting by the students and staff. Time has been earmarked in our staff meetings for discussion and final decision making using a consultative process.
Boulder Prep’s proposed renovations/upgrades align with the success effect by:
Student and staff surveys will be used to measure progress. Student attendance and grades will also be used to determine impact on performance and engagement.
Staff will have professional development time allocated to share and brainstorm ideas around teaching strategies that encourage collaborative learning and independent/personalized projects.