Southern Hills Middle School took advantage of Innovation funding to create new spaces and functions in its expansive library. With green screen rooms, digital learning spaces and a small group room with presentation zones, the library is equipped to facilitate a variety of learning situations and methods. BVSD's Innovation Guiding Principle, "Learning is a Social Process" is the foundation for the design.
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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To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions:
The creation of this space with its new environments, tools and resources will help us “to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities.” As stated in the BVSD vision, SHMS hopes to provide a “comprehensive and innovative approach to education”, and we feel as though this project supports that vision. In addition, this work supports our school mission, which states "SHMS inspires and empowers individuals through innovative, supportive, and engaging learning opportunities to be active and compassionate participants in a global society"
We would like to provide the following opportunities for PD options: