Students at Carlson Elementary are looking forward to a new playground in which they play an important part in the decision-making. Students provided design input and will continue to provide input as the playground progresses.
Clear Creek School District is enthusiastic about bringing real-world experiences to their Empowered Learners. By involving Carlson students into the process of designing their own playground, students experienced self-advocacy, collaboration, and community engagement. Soon they will learn about architecture, purchasing, and construction. This work-based learning provides experiences that students will use in the future, no matter what their chosen path is.
The 32-year old playground was torn down recently and construction has begun. It all started last spring when Carla Cole of Space Inc. came to school and asked students, what do you want in a new playground? Ms. Cole created a design board for ideas, and overwhelmingly the kids said they wanted a playing field as part of the space.
“I am always game for discussing the process with the kids and giving them a taste of what design and engineering is all about. The building of a playground is so hands-on since this is in their backyard,” said Ms. Cole. She hopes to continue to engage the students and get them excited about what is coming.
“When the students saw the design, they were thrilled that their ideas were included,” said Brittaney Pauley, sixth-grade teacher at Carlson. “The project is taking longer than expected because of COVID, but I’m hopeful that the sixth-graders will play on it before they move on to middle school!”
Work-based learning is part of a major shift that Clear Creek School District embarked upon over the past year, as they became part of the Homegrown Talent Initiative. “This shift is all about connecting students with meaningful, community based learning opportunities. Every child in CCSD should see his/her place in our community, should be hopeful about the future, and have opportunities beyond graduation,” said Karen Quanbeck, superintendent. “As a school district, we have a responsibility to foster this hope, in partnership with our local businesses, organizations, educators, and families.”
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Clear Creek Community,
CCSD is thrilled to share the news that our district has been named a recipient of Governor Polis’ Recovery, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) grant! This grant is designed to support innovation and address challenges in education as a result of COVID. This is an exciting moment for our students, educators, and families, as we look ahead to opportunities to redesign how we do school, together.
During the last nine months, we have learned so much as a result of the challenges we’ve faced: connections to community and each other matter; students need voice and choice; engaging, experiential learning is better than compliance driven learning. We also now know that you cannot take instruction designed for in person learning and simply replicate it in a virtual environment. Remote learning requires the right technology and time to redesign learning experiences; it is complex!
Over the next year, thanks to the RISE grant, we will have the opportunity to further build out classroom technology so we are well-positioned and prepared for remote learning, and can expand course offerings for students through distance learning. We will partner with Outward Bound, Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Mountain College, and local organizations including The Mighty Argo, and Mountain Youth Network, to increase experiential learning for Students.
Most exciting is the opportunity to bring students to the table to help us redesign how we “do school”, thinking about what we’ve learned during pandemic learning.
We are incredibly grateful for the partnership and support of the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), in the pursuit of this grant. CEI along with Colorado Succeeds brings talent and expertise to Clear Creek School District as our major supporters for the Homegrown Talent Initiative. Future opportunities now made possible as a result of receiving the RISE grant are an extension of the planning, dreaming, and implementation of our Homegrown Talent Initiative work with both CEI and Colorado Succeeds.
You can find the full list of RISE grant recipient’s here Governor Polis’s press release here.