Schooling by Design - The intersection of design and community engagement in pedagogical innovation

2:15 PM
 3:15 PM



The presenters will use real examples from their experience as a school principal and lead teacher to demonstrate the important role of community engagement in 21st century design when promoting innovative pedagogy through innovative design. The presenters will share how their experience working with vulnerable and Indigenous populations in Canada through a family-centric model of education influenced the educators in their school to embrace a new model of teaching and learning that changed the hierarchy of school, emphasized student passions, highlighted community assets and resulted in dramatically enhanced achievement and community engagement. At the same time the presenters will share examples of how to capitalize on the sweet spot in the intersection between design and pedagogy innovation that results in spaces that are more effectively utilized by the learners.

#1: Identify community engagement approaches that will enhance community influence on design that meets the community’s needs for the school.
#2: Describe how pedagogy and design innovation influence each other.
#3: Identify design innovations that support educational innovations and educational innovations that drive enhancements to school design.
#4: Identify examples of family-centric models of education and how this model influences the need for enhanced 21st century school designs with a different intent and purpose than school-centric designs.

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools.

Jay Fladager, Principal, Regina Public Schools
Speaker #1 Bio: Jay has been an educator with Regina Public Schools for 20 years. For the past fifteen years, he has worked as a school administrator in six unique pre-kindergarten to grade 8 schools. Jay was fortunate to be the principal of Seven Stones Community School, which opened in 2014 offering an innovative, open concept, 21st century learning model. Their team at Seven Stones created a flexible, student-centered and collaborative environment using inquiry-based learning. In 2017, Jay won a Community Service award from the International Dialogue Institute for his service to community partnership and planning with Indigenous and marginalized communities. He is currently the principal of a large suburban elementary school focused on STEAM and inquiry based learning. Outside of this role, Jay offers consultation services to school divisions designing 21st century schools and offer supports to educators in the planning for successful pedagogy in those spaces.

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