A panel discusses visioning to measured results
FRIDAY | APRIL 3, 2020
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Room: Van Ness
An innovative learning place was designed and acknowledged by a MacConnell Award 2019 with its premise as, “Blurring the lines between ages and abilities, we will foster authentic learning and curricular exploration by expanding the definition of what a ‘place-based’ high school can be.” Since the school opened, leaders have seen a clear intrinsic motivation for students to use the abundance of technology tools available (analogue and digital). Leaders see intentional space utilization becoming dynamic rather than static. All intentional designs for both pedagogical change and building design change were measured post-occupancy. From both the students and educators perspectives, design of the built space impacts engagement performance (p <.0001). “Research shows that engagement, the time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities, is the best single predictor of their learning and personal development over time.” The paradigm shift to student-centered learning is changing the landscape of education across K-12. This panel will share how one district turned the opportunity to build a new high school into a model for an entire district. Items shared include: the overall visioning session, corresponding curricula and teacher mind-set changes, the processes involved, and how the new innovative building was designed to intentionally respond. In this visional learning environment, the teacher is metaphorically similar to an artist painting a colorful almost endless mural rather than planning a linear focus on ‘content.’ Both the subject matter and materials utilized are jointly selected through ownership of the student. Key pillars for learning in this school include common intentional language around supportive terminology, the collective for all stakeholders in planning, and high levels of peer-student collaboration, which has led to ownership of learning together. A B.O.L.D.TM protocol assisted district/campus leadership and educators in understanding and applying new teaching and learning processes utilizing a change process while building coherence providing the framework for collective action. Learners and educators thrive in an environment supporting abilities for building relationships, providing for socialization, and supporting creativity. It took a village.