The Kenora Catholic District School Board was recently featured in a case study focusing on the innovative learning spaces the board has been implementing in it’s schools.
The company that produced the case study approached the board, which is only one of six to implemented the changes and only the second in Canada. Creativity Coordinator, Jamey Robertson talked about being approached.
“I felt very humbled by the fact that we’re included in this list, and they spent the time investing in our board and sharing our story. That for me is the biggest part, that we had that opportunity. I think that’s something to be celebrated. We were selected. It’s not something you apply for or put your hand up for, we were approached and that is powerful in itself,” he said.
Robertson said part of what makes the initiative unique is that they are working with the structures they already have, where most schools taking on these changes are new builds.
“Even though we’re not engaging in new builds and completely restructuring our facilities, we’re making an intentional effort to do it with the resources we have. And to do it the best we possibly can, in that regard,” he said.
The project has been in progress for about 4.5 years and is still in progress.
Robertson said they’re taking their time, making sure they do it right.
“Changing the use of space, and culture surround the use of space doesn’t happen overnight. These things take time. So, we really want to be intentional about laying out our longer term goals of what it will look like in 5 years,” he explained.
Robertson added that they’re constantly learning, as they move from space to space, what works and what doesn’t. The process is always being refined.
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