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?"
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.
This space will include:
Primary Classroom Furniture:
Shared Expense with BCSIS - Library Innovations (iLab 2.0) :
We have teachers and parents on our DAT team. We have also reached out to the community at large to participate on the DAT. Because High Peaks shares a building with BCSIS, this process was really a springboard for us to consider how we might leverage this opportunity to create spaces that support the High Peaks school and our specific work. The combined DAT discussions also led to the decision for each school to set aside some funds to collaboratively work on renovating the library spaces.
As part of the learning, small groups from the school visited innovative spaces in other school districts as well as some of the Phase 1 Innovation Projects. The Director of Educational Innovation and Jeannie Tynecki led a session with the staff to consider the best use of Innovation Funds for the building. The input and discussions from these experiences were what led us to decide on the spaces.
This space will help our school to actualize the district mission of creating challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for our children. Our current environment is often a barrier to leveraging these sorts of activities for our kids.
The district vision of providing a “comprehensive and innovative approach to education that promotes “successful, curious, lifelong learners” aligns to the current path of our school’s instructional journey.
These changes in our space will act as a catalyst to as a part of our journey as a school and will help to support our goal of personalizing learning for students.
Elementary Innovative Furniture
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?
We can use our educator effectiveness data to evaluate growth towards our outcomes as they are aligned to EE standards.
In addition to EE standards, we can use: