Our How

  • The Othello School District is challenging the status quo by redefining the way we teach so that students are prepared to change their world through creativity and innovation. 

    21st Century Teaching and Learning

    • Teacher Clarity: Standards and learning progressions
    • Design Thinking: Integrated Projects/Problem Based Learning
    • Foundational Skills: grade level achievement in core content areas
    • Skills: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Curiosity
    • Global Competencies: Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, Take Action, Communicate Ideas

    Reconfiguration K-8

    • Clarity and Coherence: Collective teacher and student efficacy
    • Continuous Improvement Cycle: Always know our impact on student learning
    • Social and Emotional Support: Sense of belonging, adult advocates, and student mentoring
    • Challenging the Status Quo: Principal Leadership and Structural Change

    We will plan, prepare, and make progress towards these instructional and structural changes through our Research and Study Teams. These teams will be following a Design Thinking process where they will empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test solutions to complex problems and challenges. 

    Design Thinking

    Design Thinking Model

    That process will include focusing on a problem or practice, brainstorming possible solutions, prototyping the best ideas and testing those ideas to make the best possible decisions;

    1. Focus on the "root cause"
    2. Ideate "50" solutions
    3. Prototype the best two
    4. Test the best
    5. Pivot or Persevere
    6. Turn the idea into something real
    7. Prove it gets results
    8. Make it scalable and sustainable
    9. Take it to scale and change many lives

    (Tait & Falkner, 2016)

    Below is an example of the template that Research and Study teams will use to guide their work. Their voice, their ideas, their input, their experience, and their knowledge will be critical to make the best possible decisions. 

    Project/Problem Name:

     

    Team Member Names:

     

    Emphasize and Define
    The problem we are trying to solve and its "root cause"

     

    Ideate
    Brainstorm "50" possible solutions

     

    Prototype
    What are the best two ideas that can be tried and why?

     

    Continuous Improvement Process

    • Pivot or Preserve
    • Turn the idea into something real
    • Prove it, get results
    • Make it scalable and sustainable
    • Take it to scale and change lives
     

    Here is an example of the Design Thinking process:

    Step 1: Root Cause

    Moving next years 6th grade students to MMS for one year, then moving them back to their home school the following year, adds an additional transition for students. Is there a way to keep next years 6th graders at their home school in preparation for full implementation in 2019-20?

    Step 2: Ideate "50" Solutions (Brainstorm)

    1. Use MMS portables for OSD preschool.
    2. Have a PBL pilot school with only 6th grade.
    3. Don't move the 5th graders! Let us keep them!
    4. Add portables to the four elementary schools.
    5. Transition upper grades from Lutacaga to MMS. Phase in "new" K-8 school. 
    6. Use existing classrooms in different ways to house 6th grade.

    Step 3: Prototype Best Options

    Prototype 1: 

    Use existing classrooms in different ways to house next years 6th grade students. Move all OSD Preschool classrooms to MMS portables and bring all 7th and 8th grade students to the main campus.

    Prototype 2:

    Begin transitioning upper grades from Lutacaga to MMS. Begin the creation of the "new" K-8 school on the Lutacaga campus.

    Prototype 3: 

    And what else? What are your best ideas?

    Step 4: Test the Best

    • Ask questions, then ask more questions!
    • Run through mock scenarios from multiple perspectives (student, teacher, specialist, parent, etc.)
    • Try to determine what works and what doesn't"

    Prototype 1: 

    Use existing classrooms in different ways to house next years 6th grade students. Move all OSD Preschool classrooms to MMS portables and bring all 7th and 8th grade students to the main campus.

     
    • Will all of our preschool students fit in the MMS portables?
    • If we move preschool kids from Lutacaga and Scootney, will it provide enough rooms for 6th grade students?
    • What impact will this have on specials?
    • How will this affect our current bussing situation?