The Nederland Middle/Sr. High School project will bring innovation to the school by, providing flexible furniture and equipment to learning spaces throughout the school and converting the library to a learning commons. The project aligns with three of BVSD's six Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning Fosters a Culture of Curiosity and Risk Taking, Learning Is a Social Process, and Learning Is Powerful When Students Create Solutions to Authentic Challenges That Impact Their Local, National or Global Community.
To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions.
Our committee includes teachers and administrators from both our middle school and high school and many different subject areas. Additionally, we will reach out to teachers, students, and parents to inform our final decisions. In addition, the Innovation team has collaborated and informed the DAT Committee of these suggestions for use of our innovation dollars. The DAT Committee is comprised of Nederland staff, community members, architects and BVSD bond representation. Throughout this process, we have also collaborated with Kiffany Lychock and Dave Eggen. Kiffany Lychock is an integral member of our Innovation team. Kiffany organized our school site vote that Dave Eggen facilitated.
The Success Effect has many different constructs but our innovations will support students to have challenging, meaningful, and engaging learning opportunities; discovery-based learning; and innovative approaches to create curious, lifelong learners. Our projects will build multiple areas throughout every classroom, hallway, and our learning commons that engage students to pursue meaningful work. Our classrooms, hallways, and learning commons will be spaces where students can seek out their own understanding through collaboration and individual work. Our new spaces will allow our teachers and students to apply innovative teaching and learning models that our current facilities do not easily foster.
Last year, we adopted a Nederland Community of Schools Mission and Vision. Our new spaces directly align with our focus on the future and our directional progress towards EL Education.
Mission: Nederland Schools educate, empower, and enable all students to become culturally, socially, and environmentally responsible, preparing them for college, careers, and beyond. Students become contributing global citizens who think critically and thrive in an ever-changing world.
Vision: Nederland Schools are nurturing, safe, and engaging environments for all students. Students embrace diversity while treating others with respect and compassion. Students use grit and perseverance to solve problems creatively, improving the world around them. Students are inspired and curious lifelong learners.
Our projects align with many of the Innovation Guiding Principles, specifically: Learning Fosters a Culture of Curiosity and Risk Taking (Principle #2), Learning Is a Social Process(Principle #4) and Learning Is Powerful When Students Create Solutions to Authentic Challenges That Impact Their Local, National or Global Community (Principle #5). Our projects will create environments that encourage students to pursue their own learning in collaborative and inquiry-based environments. The Success Effect and Innovation Guiding Principles are woven into our mission and vision statements.
Our projects will create environments that encourage students to collaborate, individualize, and take responsibility for their learning.
Actively participate in classroom activities (2c)
Work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f)
Advocate for their unique learning styles and needs (3a)
Contribute their individual interest and strengths in a collaborative manner (2c)
Students will become leaders of their own learning
Students will create solutions that impact our community and the world
This is in direct alignment with our mission and vision as well as our focus on the future with EL Education