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Monthly reflections from the principal and faculty

Updated Sun, May 12th

At the Campbell School of Innovation, students are not just learners; they are creators, problem solvers, and innovators. At the heart of their learning journey lies the Bug Project – a project that ignites their curiosity and empowers their real-world problem-solving.

The Bug Project is more than just an isolated classroom activity. Students identify real-world issues, which we call "bugs," and design innovative solutions to address them. Guided by our CSI Design Process: Seek, Learn, and Lead; students embark on applying empathy, curiosity, and action.

“Our problem was that there’s lots of trash in the lunchroom. My idea was to make a sign with pictures and letters to let people know to clean up. My idea worked because I looked on the ground later and there were not even crumbs!” - Poppy K., TK student

“The thing I liked most about the Bug Project this year was that I got to choose a problem around World Hunger. We got to hear about what others in the community are doing to try to solve this problem. I got to build a 3D model and share my idea.” - Joshua A., 6th grader

A few third graders wanted to share commercial videos about their ideas: Poaching Video and Littering Video.

The Bug Project models the spirit of innovation and is an example of the school's commitment to nurturing student empathy, creativity, and leadership skills. The CSI student learning journey is not just about solving problems; it's about shaping a brighter, more innovative future for us all.

Picture of students presenting their Bug Project.

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Updated Tue, Jun 26th

As our school buildings are forming from the ground up, the people who will fill them are laying a solid foundation for dynamic teaching, learning and family engagement at Campbell School of Innovation.

school buildings under construction

In a rather noisy production, demolition began in December 2017, and by early May 2018 cement trucks and huge cranes were rolling onto campus to set new CSI buildings on their foundations. Much groundwork has been laid over the past six months, preparing foundations and getting all of the invisible pieces aligned so that our buildings will be completed and ready for students. It has been nothing less than magical to see the transformation of the physical site. It seems to have happened so quickly, and as we get caught up in the beauty of the new buildings, we often overlook and forget the groundwork that came before-- which truly is the foundation for what “the new” is built upon.  

In addition to the physical foundations at CSI, we have also been building the cultural and philosophical foundation of our school. Moving from a small design team to a full staff has been a journey, and we now have our team in place.  As a “school of innovation,” we have had interesting discussions around what that means in today’s world, what that looks like in our classrooms, and how students will be prepared for an ever-changing future. Exploring new ideas as well as building upon tried and true practices have been part of our design process, and we continue to question and make changes as we go. Our growth mindset and “failing forward”  are at the forefront of our discussions and early decisions as we build upon our core values of keeping students at the center and creating authentic learning experiences.

In June, teachers completed four days of training in the areas of Design Thinking and Responsive Classroom. Later this summer, several teachers will be attending CAFE literacy training as well as a Summer Studio Design Thinking Institute, which is grounded in the Arts.  As you can see, we have a very enthusiastic group of teacher learners and leaders.

On June 11th, we held a Parent Leadership Meeting where approximately 50 parents attended! I am thrilled by the energy and talent that is evident among our Campbell School of Innovation families. We now have four committees that have begun planning for organized parent engagement at school, school events and more for our inaugral year. Please check the CSI events calendar for dates of summertime CSI family picnics and other happenings.

We feel that our foundation is strong and that it will definitely support the new ideas, new practices, and a new way of doing school.

(If you’d like to know more about educational change, watch Reinventing Education for the 21st Century, a TEDx talk from Tony Wagner.)