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 will provide an extensive renovation of our library transforming it from its current condition to a worldclass library commons. The renovated space will reflect current trends in21st century libraries that support the BVSD Innovation Guiding Principles of Inquiry, Curiosity, Social Process of Learning, and Personalized Learning. Specifically, we will create spaces designed to reflect all of our needs from collaboration areas for students (and staff) to work together to smaller, more individualized areas. Shelving will be replaced and set up to appeal to teen readers allowing for a modified “bookstore” approach rather than a warehouse approach. Creativity and curiosity will be fostered through the introduction of a Design Lab where students will be able to create and innovate through personal inquiry. Tech tools supportive of learning and inquiry will be throughout the library including a sound and projection system adequate for large groups, large screens around the library to allow students to plug in a work in groups, charging stations, and noise buffering. The library will extend into the courtyard providing a space similar to a sidewalk cafe where students can eat and work in a relaxed, outdoor environment.
The Success Effect challenges us to provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education. This approach will result in graduates who are curious and lifelong learners. In order to achieve this end, we must have spaces that are comprehensive and innovative. The library is one such space. In fact, the library is the hub of the school both figuratively and literally. A significant portion of the student population utilizes the library on a regular basis yet, in its current condition, it cannot sufficiently meet the needs of our population. It must be renovated and updated to give the teens the 21st-century tools they deserve in an environment that is inviting, intentional, and innovative. The library will reflect and foster a love of learning that is both visually and functionally apparent to all who enter the space.
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?
Library Use Data (school day, specific spaces, groups outside of the school day), Circulation data, Observation, Anecdotal Information, Photos/Videos, Artifacts created in the Design Space, feedback from teachers and students
Create opportunities to experience the new space (hands-on activities within the Design Lab), review of best practices among 21st-century libraries in conjunction with a review of the Success Effect/Innovative Guiding Principles, ongoing professional development to support instruction and literacy.