What does it mean to engage in Innovative Learning? What does it mean to be part of the Innovative Learning Designs (ILD) project? How can we have the greatest impact on student learning? Over four years ago, sixteen schools set out on a collaborative journey to explore new practices for 21st century learning. Another forty schools are followed this lead. Then more schools (125 in total) began playing with ideas about their practice, exploring, sharing learning.
Our learning was built on some of the essential work of The Numeracy Project along with The Developing Readers’ model. ILD was similar in design. What we know about inviting teachers to experiment, explore and take risks within a supported inquiry team, was consistent in all the projects. We followed our guiding principles of ensuring initiatives were teacher-led, teacher-driven and school-housed focused. Deeply embedded are our district priority practices of Curriculum Design, Quality Assessment, Instructional Strategies. and Social Emotional Learning.
Our Learning Commons transformation was also part of our innovative work in exploring new structures for learning, new teaching strategies and new ways of working together in a connected community.
Our work is now celebrated under our district’s Learning by Design refreshed vision. You can see our district journey to adapt and change our learning structures, make more use of tools, and a renewed focus on intentionally redesigning learning.
Our learning stories are documented in this blog. We hope you find something of value here.
We all share a commitment to students, a passion for teaching, and a love for learning.
Elisa Carlson, Ed. D.