Empowering Schools

 

With support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), CRPBIS is teaming up with schools to create learning labs. Each selected school is given agency to make decisions how to create and develop these labs to best represent the cultural make-up of the school.

 

Learning Labs

 

Learning labs, the driving force of this project, are uniquely comprised teams of educational professionals, family, and community members.  These individuals, representing the diverse make-up of the school, participate in ongoing collaborative discussion beginning with the conflicts and tensions within the school.  After these have been identified, the research team introduces another stimulus for reflection, such as data maps, for the labs to reflect and posit new solutions.  These solutions are modeled, tested, and renovated within the school, using a continuous cycle of reflection.  Not only do learning labs open the door to new solutions, but they also renovate the culture of school system by empowering voices that have previously been unheard.

 

From Intervention to Innovation

 

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