High Peaks' Innovation project will include three components: 1) an intermediate innovation space, 2) new classroom furniture for primary classrooms, 3) Library innovations. The project aligns with two of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Mastery of Learning is Demonstrated in Multiple Ways 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?"

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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.

Intermediate Innovation Space: (the Innovation Lab (iLab 1.0)) 

This space will include: 

  • A larger, open space in between two classrooms
  • Windows from adjacent classrooms for line of sight - this will allow for active supervision of the space and encourage teachers to use the space for a variety of instructional purposes 
  • Flexible furniture that would enable students to work in large groups, small groups and individually New 

Primary Classroom Furniture: 

  • Using new furniture to think differently about learning environments 
  • New furniture will help teachers to easily shift between learning modalities 
  • Provide a variety of spaces for students to engage in learning that supports 
    • Individual Learning - reflection, introspection and individual thinking (Cave Spaces) 
    • Small Group Learning for student collaboration (Watering holes) 
    • Large group learning from an expert (Campfire spaces) 

Shared Expense with BCSIS - Library Innovations (iLab 2.0) : 

  • BCSIS and High Peaks have agreed to each contribute $15,000 to the renovation of the building library to space that aligns better to the needs of today’s students 
  • High Peaks plans to use their funds to create a second iLab (iLab 2.0) in the Flex/Meeting room space in the library

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

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.

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

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. 

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

  • Learning is a Social Process 
    • iLab 1.0 and elementary furniture: ways to reconfigure groups quickly 
    • Provides opportunities for multi-age groups 
      • Both iLabs would support multi-age grouping 
  • Mastery of Learning is Demonstrated in Multiple Ways 
    • iLab 1.0 - space will be very fluid and will allow for multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge. Some examples of what it would support would be: 
      • Performances - plays, presentations, drama 
      • Socratic seminars 
    • The iLab 2.0 spaces would contain spaces for students to be creators to demonstrate mastery of their learning. These creations could be: inventions, models, etc. 

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

iLab 1.0

  • Students will demonstrate independence and leadership as learners. (3f) 
  • Teachers and students will work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f) 
  • Teachers will model and encourage students to respect one another and monitor each other’s treatment of peers, correcting classmates respectfully when needed and assume and demonstrate personal responsibility (2a) 

Elementary Innovative Furniture 

  • Students will apply higher-higher order thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenging issues (3e) 
  • Teachers and students will work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f)

iLab 2.0 

  • Students will apply higher-higher order thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenging issues (3e) 
  • Teachers and students will work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f) 

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: 

  • Student surveys to gather feedback from our kids 
    • Engagement 
    • Difference between 
  • Data on use of space - track workshop models 
  • Observational data 
  • Student interviews 
  • Samples of student work (via SeeSaw) 
  • Teacher feedback on how iLab 2.0 supports collaboration, promotes a positive climate and culture, and professional growth.

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

  • Opportunities to observe other schools and teachers that are implementing similar projects 
  • Training from furniture companies on how to best use the furniture 
  • Differentiation: For high-level learners, for social-emotional wellness of students