In November 2014, Boulder County taxpayers passed the largest bond in Colorado history. The $576 million package is providing much-needed capital improvements to our district’s buildings with a focus on Educational Innovation. The ultimate goal is to align building improvements with our district’s strategic plan, The Success Effect, so that our learning environments meet the needs of today’s students and students of the future. As stated in the Vision of The Success Effect, the Boulder Valley School District seeks to provide a “comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.”
What does a comprehensive and innovative approach to education look like? What are students and teachers doing? How is it different from the way we have traditionally educated our children? What knowledge and skills do students need to confidently confront the great challenges of the 21st Century?
These are all great questions we should ask. Our Innovation work in BVSD focuses on innovative learning environments as a part of our Building for Student Success work (Bond Program), and innovative teaching and learning practices as defined in our Innovation Guiding Principles. The Boulder Valley School District is not alone in our work to provide both a comprehensive and innovative approach to learning.
The Innovation in Education Film Series was created as an opportunity for us as a larger community (teachers, parents, students, community members and other partners) to consider these national shifts in education and what we might learn from the experiences of other schools and districts who are also embracing this challenge. Most Likely to Succeed is the first film in the series and will be shown on October 27th at 6:00 PM at the Butcher Auditorium on the Campus of the University of Colorado. Most Likely To Succeed inspires audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.
We hope you will consider joining us for the free film showing of Most Likely to Succeed! BVSD will also host an informal “after conversation” following the film screening, allowing attendees an opportunity to speak with members of our Success Effect Priority Action teams. For more information, to reserve seats (highly recommended as seating is limited), and to see the film trailer, please visit goo.gl/WpkcoI.
By Kiffany Lychock, Director of Educational Innovation
Member, Successful, Curious, Lifelong Learners Priority Action Team