The launch of the WCSU Innovation in Learning Study Group

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Why?

After an incredible amount of hard work and dedication from its educators, Board members, community, and students, Windsor Central Supervisory Union is at a critical juncture. We have good programs throughout our schools but we have not yet made a bold commitment to creating learning environments that clearly reflect the demands of the 21st century. With this as a foundation, Windsor Central is striving to be a leader in reimagining learning in a global, digital, and rapidly changing environment.

Big Picture Plan

This year the Windsor Central Supervisory Union will invest a significant amount of its federal Title IIA funding towards studying models of effective 21st century learning environments and innovative programs with the goal of sharing the findings with district stake holders. This team will also be visiting sites with attention to how these environments might inform the Master Planning project for the WUHSMS campus. This Innovation and Learning Study group will offer its reflections and recommendations to the newly merged board for their consideration around how the insights gleamed from this study might contribute to a new set of strategic priorities for our member towns.

The Details

This Innovation in Learning Study Group would consist of educators, Board members, and students with representatives from all levels, but with an emphasis on the WUHSMS. This team will spend time visiting model innovative programs and learning environments. Currently planned visits include:

• High Tech High in San Diego, CA
• Design 39 Campus, San Diego, CA
• Olin College in Needham, MA
• Meadow Brook/Field School, Weston, MA
• Dearborn Academy, Harvard iLab, and MIT Media Lab, Boston, MA
• String Theory School, Philadelphia, PA

In addition to the site visits, the team will engage in reading common texts, curating resources, communicating findings and synthesize the visits, readings, and insights gained during the study period.