Superior Elementary School
1800 South Indiana Street Superior, CO 80027 | 720.561.4100
$200,000 included in budget
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES
Design Advisory Team
Jennifer Bedford, Principal
Ariane Streeter, Principal Assistant
Vanessa Higgins, Teacher
Alexa Adix, Teacher
Scope of Work
- Replace roof
- Improvements to interior finishes such as carpet, ceiling tile and paint
- Electrical system upgrades including emergency generator
- HVAC system improvements including chiller
- Communication and clock system improvements
- Site improvements such as paving, irrigation and fencing
- Repair/replace fixtures and equipment such as window blinds
- Audio enhancement in every classroom
- Provide adequate space for full-day kindergarten
- Provide adequate space for preschool
- Renovate secretary's office
- Provide outside storage
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
- Upgrade playground equipment and surface material
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Redesign main entry to provide more control over visitor access
- Install electronic security controls
- Install camera/intercom security system
- Install security partitions
- Upgrade HVAC controls
- Upgrade lighting
- Conduct retro-commissioning and repairs
Superior Elementary School is eligible to receive up to $200,000 in additional funds to implement facility improvements that support innovative teaching methods.
Superior Elementary invested its Innovation funding to purchase lightweight, moveable furniture for the K-5 classrooms and library. The new furniture is easily reconfigured to allow for movement, collaboration, and personalization. The project aligns with two of BVSD's
Innovation Guiding Principles: Learning is a Social Process, Learning is Personalized and Learner-led.
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 grant will be used to purchase innovative furniture in all of our K-5 classrooms and our library. Superior Elementary is a STEM/STEAM School, with many different pillars of knowledge and educational opportunities. Over the last several years, we have learned that the traditional classroom furniture impedes learning by not allowing for movement, collaboration, personalization or creation. The furniture is uniform following a one-size-fits-all mentality that is evident in our library where all of our furniture is made to fit adults. We know that effective learning occurs when students are actively engaged, at Superior Elementary we are no longer teaching our students, we facilitate the learning process for our students.
2. How will you involve stakeholders in the decision-making process concerning the use of the innovation funds for your site?
We have established an Innovation Committee that is comprised of primary teachers, intermediate teachers, teacher librarian and principal. Our DAT team consists of several parents and members from our Innovation Committee so that we have consistent and ongoing communication and collaboration among and between the two committees.
Our Innovation Committee agreed that it would be in our best interest to get feedback from all of our staff members regarding the use of our innovation funds. We presented to our staff all of the options that we had discussed and researched for the project proposal. Through discussions, frequent reports to our DAT and a shared decision-making process with staff, we jointly decided to pursue creating innovative learning spaces through the purchase of adaptive classroom and library furniture.
3. How does your project support The Success Effect? (BVSD's Strategic Plan-Mission/Vision/Goals)
The Boulder Valley mission is “to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successfully engaged lives.” We believe that meeting student’s personalized learning needs requires attention to the learning space as well as the individual’s social-emotional and academic needs. By creating varied learning spaces through the use of adaptive furniture coupled with our STEM and STEAM learning opportunities prove to be not only strategies to help create a student-centered learning and teaching environment, but crucial layers of our daily educational settings.
4. Review the Innovation Guiding Principles and discuss with your stakeholders. How will your project align to one or more of the guiding principles?
Our project will align with the following guiding principles, learning is a social process and learning is personalized and learner led. In our core tech areas and classrooms our students are creating learning communities where they are planning collaboratively and independently, engaging in the creative process and reflecting on their thinking and learning. By having more flexible furniture students will be able to more readily form smaller or larger groups in order to differentiate their varied learning styles and needs.
5. Determine what your learning outcomes are for your innovation. What will happen as a result of this innovation?
As a result of the innovation funds, students will be able to create their own space for learning that best meets their unique needs and styles. Effective learning occurs when students are actively engaged in the learning process and the classroom teacher assists students in acquiring knowledge. Students and teachers will engage in more authentic and meaningful activities within a more diverse environment that allows for individual learning style, preference, needs and strengths.
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 will use a variety of assessments to determine the overall effectiveness of the innovative furniture. Through our SAC we will create a parent survey, our student council will create a student survey and our Innovation Committee will create a staff survey with the guiding question being: As a result of the new personalized learning spaces how has this benefitted student’s/staff learning/teaching experience.
7. What professional learning and support might your staff might need in order to reach the desired learning outcomes for the space?
We would value the opportunity to observe other schools and teachers that are effectively utilizing innovative spaces and furniture. It would also be helpful for teachers to engage in collaborative conversations across grade levels on how they are differentiating the spaces to meet the needs of our high-level learners and for the social-emotional wellness of all students at Superior Elementary