7750 Concord Drive Boulder, CO 80301 | 720.561.5586
$200,000 included in budget
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES
Design Advisory Team
Genna Jaramillo, Principal
Scope of Work
- Exterior building improvements such as repair/replace windows and doors and repair masonry
- Replace roof
- Replace interior doors
- Improvements to interior finishes such as flooring, tile and paint
- Asbestos abatement
- Restroom renovations
- Electrical system improvements
- Repair/replace fixtures and equipment such as casework and kitchen equipment
- Audio enhancement for every classroom
- Building-wide air conditioning (amended Feb. 27, 2019)
- Renovations to address sound issues in open classrooms
- Provide storage space
- Provide adequate parking
- Provide adequate Special Education space
- Provide adequate space for full-day kindergarten
- Provide adequate space for preschool
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
- Upgrade playground equipment and surfacing
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Install electronic security controls
- Install camera/intercom security system
- Install security partitions
- Upgrade HVAC controls
- Upgrade lighting
- Conduct retro-commissioning and repairs
- Replace aged boilers with more efficient condensing type
Heatherwood Elementary School is eligible to receive up to $200,000 in additional funds to implement facility improvements that support innovative teaching methods.
Heatherwood Elementary's project aims to support more flexibility with how classroom den areas and the central heart space of the building, called Husky Hollow, can be used. Drawing on Thornburg's research on the need for cave, campfire, watering hole, and life spaces, the project renovated walls to include more glass and sliding doors and provide furniture that is easily moved to reconfigure spaces easily. The renovated space reflects current trends in 21st-century learning environments and aligns with BVSD's Innovation Guiding Principle: Learning is a Social Process.
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.
Flexibility of the use of space and variety of furniture is the main focus in the classroom den areas, hollow and if possible, the library. For flexibility, this means different types of learning spaces according to Thornburg's research on the need for cave, campfires, life, and watering hole spaces. Specifically, we will add more cave spaces and more flexible, moveable furniture that can flex into different arrangements. For variety, we want students to be comfortable and feel welcome and able to engage while learning in a shared learning environment. Providing flexible furniture, spaces, and seating arrangements will help achieve this goal. We will also apply this flexibility and furniture into the shared spaces outside of our open-concept classrooms.
We will also focus our funds on a large hollow area and take advantage of spaces that are adjacent to the hollow. Windows will be added along the periphery to encourage the use of those smaller spaces for a variety of instructional purposes and sizes of student groups while maintaining line of sight from within the hollow area.
The final space we would like to focus on is our library. We currently have a small campfire/watering hole space connected to the library, but there is no line of sight into it. We’d like to add windows so that we could have students use that space for quiet reading or a small working group and be able to see them while working with other students 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 created an Innovation Committee that met outside of the DAT to research and plan how we might use our funds. The DAT was also involved in discussions about the Innovation funds. Our Innovation team toured various sites to decide how we might best invest the funds to have the largest impact on students and teachers in the building. The innovation team also communicated and gathered ongoing feedback from Heatherwood staff, leadership team, School Accountability Committee, and Parent Teacher Organization.
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 with the current path of our school’s instructional journey.
These changes in our space will act as a catalyst for our journey as a school and will help to support our goal of learning is a social process.
4. Review the Innovation Guiding Principles and discuss with your stakeholders. How will your project align to one or more of the guiding principles?
With the new classroom furniture, shared spaces between classrooms, and the upgraded hollow, we plan to align instruction with the Innovation Guiding Principle of “Learning is a Social Process.” Collaboration between teachers, between students, and between students and teachers is the primary focus of our decision to use the funds for new furniture. We see many options to increase opportunities for collaboration due to the flexibility and adaptability that will be made possible by the installation of the new furniture and flexible spaces.
5. Determine what your learning outcomes are for your innovation. What will happen as a result of this innovation?
To align with the guiding principle of Learning is a Social Process for the new hollow and classroom furniture:
Teachers create an environment where students:
- Actively seek a variety of perspective in their learning (2b)
- Work respectfully, collaboratively, and effectively to meet instructional objectives (3f)
- Leads collaborative activities with colleagues to improve teacher working and student learning conditions( through shared decision making), share ideas to improve teaching and learning, contribute to school goals (5a)
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?
In order to measure the student outcome (3f, 2b) we can use Educator Effectiveness data as a quantitative to determine progress towards growth. We also plan to use student surveys, student observations and informal conversations to gather qualitative data towards our growth in these outcomes. To measure teacher outcomes of collaboration (5a), we can use teacher surveys, examples and exemplars of how to use the furniture, conversations about how it increases collaboration.
7. What professional learning and support might your staff might need in order to reach the desired learning outcomes for the space?
We will need support on using the furniture in flexible, innovative ways
We will need support and professional learning around flexible learning spaces and how we might plan and instruct in these spaces.
We will need support in creating learning communities.