The Escuela Bilingue Pioneer project will include three different learning spaces: a maker space/innovation lab, a small presentation space, and a technology lab. The project aligns with one of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is Personalized and Learner Led.
To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions.
For our innovation project, Pioneer would like to implement three innovative learning spaces
All teachers have been a part of the discussions about the use of these funds this school year. We have an innovation committee that has been thinking about various projects and looking into what would best support the work at our school. We also included our Design Advisory Team last year during the bond work to inform them about the Innovation Funds and opportunities that it presented. The Innovation funds were as a part of a number of discussions with families and staff members about the possible conversion to a K-8 school over the last 18 months.
Pioneer is a Title I school, serving about 50% students in poverty and 50% English Language Learners. At a part of our program, all students learn and serve as models for one another. This work will support the equity of opportunities for all students. (Strategic Plan Value: Societal inequities and unique learning needs will not be barriers to student success.). Not only does this project address the intellectual growth and curiosity of our students, it also fosters the innate curiosity and engagement that students need as a part of their social-emotional learning. (Goal: Boulder Valley School District will ensure that each student meets or exceeds appropriate expectations relative to intellectual growth, physical development, and social-emotional well-being.) Our school-wide implementation of conscious discipline will be facilitated across our community through video presentations and sharing of student skills as a result of the creation of the recording studio space. We have just begun to share many of our video productions with families, which will increase engagement and buy-in with all of the great work that Pioneer is doing with our building.
Learning is Personalized and Learner LedWe can use the MakerSpace/Innovation Lab or the recording studio to empower students to create products (in English and Spanish) during any of the following times throughout the year:
In alignment with the Innovation Guiding Principle of “Learning is personalized and learner led”:
All learners in the building will engage in the creation of a product in one of these spaces during the 2017-18 school year.
We will be able to create a spreadsheet of our students to determine when and how students can participate in these opportunities in these spaces.We could also use student work created in the spaces to demonstrate growth towards our outcome. We could showcase these products/presentations during an exhibition of learning towards the end of the 2017-18 School Year.
We currently have resident experts doing this work. We can leverage this expertise to build capacity in their colleagues.
We may need some PD on how to incorporate Innovative Practices into their instruction. This would align with our goal of integrating personalized learning and still ensure that students master content standards.