Broomfield High's project will transform the library into a world-class learning commons. The renovated space will reflect current trends in 21st-century libraries and will align with four of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is Founded in Inquiry, Learning Fosters a Culture of Curiosity and Risk Taking, Learning is Personalized and Learner Led and Learning is a Social Process.

Results - Impact on Learning

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?" 

Scroll over the icons in the image to see elements of the story.

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Project Description

To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions: 

 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 in
21st 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. 

2. How will you involve stakeholders in the decision-making process concerning the use of the innovation funds for your site?

  • DAT (includes staff, administration, district personnel, parents) 
  • Department Chairs (will share with members of their respective departments) 
  • Focus group including teachers from various departments that frequent the library 
  • A focus group of students has been consulted and their imagination tapped to generate ideas for what they like about libraries and what they wish they could have in their school library. 

3. How does your project support The Success Effect? (BVSD's Strategic Plan-Mission/Vision/Goals)

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.

4. Review the Innovation Guiding Principles and discuss with your stakeholders. How will your project align to one or more of the guiding principles?

The proposed library commons renovation project aligns with several of the Innovation Guiding Principles including Learning is founded in inquiry (collaborative spaces, individualized spaces, mobile computing, adequate auditory separation, strong sightlines, Design space), Learning fosters a culture of curiosity and risk taking (writeable surfaces, Design space, displays, presentation areas, access to technology), Learning is a social process (varied spaces for group/collaborative work, cafe and work spaces for the exchange of ideas, larger screens easily accessible for students to plug in, equipment and tables easily rearranged to allow for multi/flex use of the space, areas for speakers such as authors, scientists and educators, areas for student performance of literary work and art displays, learning labs, and meetings. 

5. Determine what your learning outcomes are for your innovation. What will happen as a result of this innovation?

  • Students apply what they are learning in class to inspire curiosity and pose questions about their world (1f) Learning fosters a culture of curiosity and risk taking. 
  • Students work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f) Learning is a social process. 
  • Students demonstrate mastery of literacy as appropriate to specialized content and/or student's unique needs (1b) Learning is personalized and learner led. 
  • Creates an environment where students advocate for their unique learning styles and needs (3a)Learning is personalized and learner led.

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

7. What professional learning and support might your staff might need in order to reach the desired learning outcomes for the space?

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.