The Kohl Elementary School Innovation project will expand the use of the cafeteria and computer lab by adding moveable glass walls and adjustable furniture that will allow for flexible use of the spaces. In addition, the library will be reorganized to create an inquiry space. The project aligns with two of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is a Social Process and Mastery of Learning is Demonstrated in Multiple Ways.
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.
Our Innovation team is made up of the Principal, intermediate and primary teachers, and our Innovation Engineer (media specialist). We have two members of the team who are also on our DAT, so we were able to share information frequently regarding both projects. To begin with, the Innovation team discussed the innovative guiding principles with staff. We then elicited and prioritized ideas. Finally, we created a specific plan and presented it to all involved parties.We met with the BVSD Innovation team earlier this year both as a committee and as an entire school to kick off the Innovation Project.
Goal #1: This innovation project will provide students with an opportunity to have a variety of furniture options for choice, mobility, and flexibility that supports individual learning needs.Goal #2: This innovation project will provide a welcoming, supportive environment where students are encouraged to collaborate.Goal #3: This innovative project will provide students hands-on experiences to develop curiosity and challenge them to think critically and solve real problems.
The changes in our plan will align with two of the Innovative Guiding Principles:
Learning is a social process
Mastery of learning is demonstrated in multiple ways.
Our plan will allow versatility and flexibility in multiple areas of our school to support collaboration in large and small groups. Adding our Makerspace room to a cafe space will also allow students to create work and share learning in a variety of ways.
We will measure progress towards achieving our learning outcomes in several ways. Qualitative Data: Student and teacher surveys regarding: