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    Teaching & Learning Priorities

    Barrington 220 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Harris, vividly recalls his days as a high school student in downstate Tuscola, Illinois. Back then students used pencils and paper, classrooms had chalkboards, and desks were in rows. “It was very traditional,” Dr. Harris said. "I did not touch a computer until I was a senior in high school, when I had the opportunity to take a computer science class. The Radio Shack TRS-80 desktop machine was amazing!" That was 1983. Fast-forward to 2018 and a lot has changed in the world of education.

    Thus, in January 2017 the Blueprint 220 core team was formed. The core team consists of community members, parents, teachers, district administrators, representatives from the board of education and architectural firm DLR Group. They identified four core areas of education and began to examine how upgrading our facilities can enhance teaching and learning in each area.

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    DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE TEACHING & LEARNING PRIORITIES DATA SHEET

    FUTURE-READY LEARNING
    Provide students with access to innovative, personalized learning opportunities, while using technology to prepare students for an ever-changing workforce.

    FUTURE-READY

    Empower students to own their learning
    Connect curriculum to student interests
    Create real-world problem solving opportunities
    Use technology to drive growth
    Extend action to global community
    Support all learners in workplace transition

    FUTURE-READY

    Demonstrate critical thinking, communication, collaboration, & creativity
    Develop academic mindsets & learn how to learn
    Value diversity
    Adapt to change
    Self-advocate for social-emotional development

    FUTURE-READY

    Large, small, & independent learning flexible spaces
    Interdisciplinary teacher team areas
    Blended learning spaces
    Hub of connected spaces for student services
    Updated library spaces
    Spaces for district programming
    Teacher professional learning spaces.

    STEM & CAREER PATHWAYS
    Engage students in integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematical practices through authentic and real-world problem-solving opportunities rooted in inquiry and innovation.

    STEM

    Broaden approaches to investigate, model, & explain
    Support the engineering process
    Find immediate & practical applications
    Deepen understanding STEM-based concepts
    Solve real-world challenges
    Explore STEM careers.

    STEM

    Use multiple approaches to solve problems
    Create models/experiments to answer questions
    Communicate evidence precisely
    Seek & provide feedback reciprocally
    Think flexibly & inter-dependently
    Stretch imagination.

    STEM

    Spaces to fully explore career pathways
    Dedicated, updated, & redesigned science & engineering labs/hubs
    Spaces mirror real-world scientific environments
    Availability of hands-on creation maker spaces.

    VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    Provide a high-quality educational program that advances interest, knowledge, experiences, and abilities in visual and performing arts and enhances the community through product and performance.

    ARTS

    Creative exploration opportunities
    Artistic media variety
    Participation as creators, performers, & audience members
    Collaboration & connection
    Share art to build community
    Appreciate cultures & societies

    ARTS

    Form mental images & concepts
    Investigate through observation, study, exploration, & examination
    Construct by combining parts or elements
    Opportunities for self-reflection

    ARTS

    Performing arts activity spaces on & off the stage
    Staging, storage, display, studio, & construction spaces
    Artist-in-action spaces
    Up-to-date sound & visual technology
    Shared space availability & flexible classroom spaces near fine arts centers
    Enhanced entryways & accessibility

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & WELLNESS
    Develop traits to engage in physical activity and wellness; an appreciation for physical fitness; and participation in extracurricular and co-curricular club, including individual and team sports.

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

    Self-monitor & self-evaluate personal health & fitness
    Establish goals for personal fitness
    Use proper techniques for fitness, health, & sports
    Opportunities for leadership
    Mindfulness through reflection
    Showcase diverse talents & interests through teams & clubs.

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

    Self-awareness, self-monitoring, self-evaluation, self-motivation, & self-discipline
    Teamwork
    Communication & collaboration
    Strength & endurance

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

    Updated athletic areas
    Additional turf surfaces
    Additional personalized fitness spaces
    Environment supporting stress reduction
    Outdoor lab & flexible classroom spaces near athletic centers
    Enhanced entryways & accessibility.