Inspiring a School Narrative

Opening a brand new school is an incredible opportunity and a tremendous challenge. New School Design offers a design thinking process for new school leaders to get inspired, define their narrative and engage their stakeholders towards creating a culture of learning.

The goal of the inspire stage is to reflect on learning and school design by visiting schools and observing engaged student learning. We will help you remix and personalize inspire tools from our toolkit to help you consider themes to explore, plan and take up site visits, collect data, document your reflections and ideate for your new school.

Agenda


Pre-Departure:
– Follow Gever Tully on Instagram
Watch his TED Talks 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do and Life Lessons Through Tinkering 
– Read the BrightWorks Blog
– Read about THE ARCS at BrightWorks and How they Learn
 Read about The Nueva School
 The Nueva School YouTube


Before we embark on the Inspire Phase, consider the area/s you hope to see and explore. Ahead of the trip, we will conduct an Empathy Interview to better understand how we might support your aspirations for your new school.
Learning Spaces, Inquiry and PBL Pedagogies, Building a narrative for your school, Learning by Doing, Student Ownership, Student Documentation of Learning, Role of the Leader, Role of Teacher, Role of Student, Role of Parents, Community Partnership…. more? 

March 7
6pm Pre- Meeting Site Visit Planning:  What are we going to look for?  How are we going to document and collect during the visit?


March 8

9am School Tour: Brightworks School Open House

12:00pm Lunch Debrief

1:00pm Exploratorium: Continued reflection on the tour, and beginning to consolidate and organize reflections into insights from the Exploratorium. What inspired you? Has this visit helped you consider your own design challenge? Are there new questions or insights for the school tour? How might we further develop a partnership through these site visits?

6:00pm Dinner Debrief


March 9

8:30am School Tour: The Nueva School: A process of observation and collection, Ethnographer’s Field Notes. 

Lunch

12:30pm Children’s Creativity Museum Continued reflection on the tour, and beginning to consolidate and organize reflections into insights from the Exploratorium. What inspired you? Has this visit helped you consider your own design challenge? Are there new questions or insights for the school tour? How might we further develop a partnership through these site visits?


March 10

Travel/ debrief day


Follow Up Meeting March__: Developing Your School Narrative