We’re lucky to live in an area with excellent public schools. We have so many resources at our disposal, and we are working towards being able to fully take advantage of them.
With the launch of the BSD Innovation Institute and the hiring of a new Director of Innovation, our district will better enable innovation to come to life in our kids’ classrooms.
“We’re not sure what exactly the future looks like, but we know we need to focus on the four Cs: collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking,” Superintendent Dr. MacIsaac said at a recent Scholars Circle gathering.
The Innovation Institute will support teachers in their efforts to shift to new models of teaching that focus on these core areas, as well as provide professional development and training to help teachers develop personalized instruction for students and incorporate social-emotional learning.
Other school districts on the Peninsula and in the East Bay have launched similar institutes to bring best practices to the classroom and implement new educational programs and resources in partnership with other organizations and technology companies throughout the Bay Area.
The Innovation Institute will allow us to do all of this, and much more. Just as critically, it will provide a competitive advantage for our district in the recruitment and retention of teachers, which is essential given California’s teacher shortage.
The district has already started recruiting for the Director of Innovation position, with the aim of implementing the institute before school starts in the fall.
However, we are $360,000 short of our $2 million fundraising goal. In order to continue to support all of our existing programs and staff (including music, art, PE, library, and more), and launch the institute, we need to raise all of the funds by June 30. Please consider donating today.
“In the future, I can see how every classroom could be an idea lab. Every classroom could be a maker space,” Dr. MacIsaac said. The Innovation Institute will bring the ideas and resources to our teachers to make it happen.