Innovative Learning

Learner before Task. Task before Teaching.

modern tools enable and modern work environments demand learner focused schools that encourage risk, promote collaboration, support open access to information, and incorporate real world application across disciplines.

 

Why is this Important?

Our current schools were designed for a different era where teachers and textbooks were the center of instruction. This model fit at the time, but the availability of modern learning tools, open access to information, and a continually evolving awareness of how learning occurs, provides opportunities to reconsider learning spaces and our approach to teaching. Innovation is not a district initiative. Innovation supports better solutions to meet new requirements. Innovative learning places the student as learner first, the task second, and how to best structure the lesson last.

Key Questions

How will we utilize a committee of stakeholders to support and guide innovation?

How will we educate teachers and students about modern learners, modern technologies, and modern work environments?

How do we keep learners at the center of our conversations?

Next Steps

  • Utilize a new leadership position, Director of Innovative Learning, to build teacher and school capacity to understand learner needs and how to design appropriate tasks using different kinds of tools in different kinds of spaces to meet those needs.
  • Create a purpose‐driven team of teachers, students, and parents that utilize transformative thinking about the structure and purpose of school to support innovative learning everywhere all the time.
  • Expand district capacity to meet the needs of students through partnerships with Dual Enrollment, Blended Learning, and Schools‐to‐Work experiences.
  • Utilize modern tools and innovative low‐tech spaces, to enhance the learning atmosphere forstudents.