The Future Of Learning Open House October 29 At The Richins Building

Oct 26, 2018

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The Park City School District is holding a Future of  ducation Visioning session at the Richin’s Building on Monday. They’re offering two-one-hour sessions back to back starting at 5:30. They want the community to come and give input. It’s quick and simple and won’t take longer than an hour. Carolyn Murray has this:

The Park City School District finished a comprehensive Strategic Plan last year. They began the facilities Master Planning process this fall and with that they’re asking Consultants, GSBS to assist in identifying and building a model for the future educational needs of the community. Business Administrator, Todd Hauber hopes the one-hour conversational format will entice more people to attend.

“Probably less on the presentation side. It’s more that we want to have a dialogue and talk about where we’ve been so everyone has context that we’re not abandoning works of the past and hat we are taking knowledge and information from the past. But we really want to have that dialogue with the community and really find out where they do see where education is going. We have three questions that we want to put out there. All around, what should a graduate look like when they leave the Park City School System? So, we want to understand what that vision is and then design the resources to get us there. What are the three things that you would see in a graduate from the Park City School district?

As technology changes, so should the way we educate students. Hauber said the issue of what learning facilities look like has changed and will continue to change.

“Correct, we would like to know what is that ooutcome. What are the educational outcomes that the community desires. What does that student look like and then what resources are needed for that student to achieve that outcome.  Facilities are pat of that story. It’s not the sum of the whole story.”

Hauber said they'll use a 10-year time line to evaluate future needs.

“That’s about how far out we can look at student populations of that nature. So, that dynamic…but we also want to have spaces that are flexible enough that  they we don’t lock us into a particular mindset or a particular technology. But are open enough that the future is distance learning. Do we have the capability and capacities within the structures of the buildings to support distant learning? Whatever that looks like whether that’s video broadcast or it’s classes held in remote locations. We don’t know. So we want to have that flexibility in our design.”

The Consultants will pull together the information and present it to the school board. The teachers will also be tapped to provide their vision of the future of education.

“And, they will then recommend what our different solutions to the information the community brings to our attention. Also, on the 30th, we will be visiting with he teachers. They have a whole day conference where they’re sitting down with and education summit and talking about pedagogies, and different approaches and models and things from their perspective as professionals in the class room. What is the future of teacher work. What does the learning environment need to look like? What does learning look like, holistically? And, bring all that information in as well as what the community is talking about.”

There are two sessions offered for the Future of Learning Forum. on Monday, the 29th at the Richin’s Building at Kimball Junction. Times are 5:30 and 6:30. The public is encouraged to bring their ideas of what three things Park City Graduates need in order to succeed after high school.