Student Voice Transforms East Locker Bay

Student Voice Transforms East Locker Bay
Posted on 09/13/2018
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photo of students interacting in new learning space at Lakota EastIt all began during a Lakota East Student Advisory Council meeting last school year. The 20-plus members of the group and East administration started discussing the idea of flexible classrooms as learning spaces and how to incorporate them at Lakota East.

Some students then visited schools that had recently redesigned a learning space. At the next Council meeting they shared out their findings and Principal Suzanna Davis tasked the group with picking a space in the building and redesigning it. The group landed on transforming one of the locker bay areas on the first floor.

“We had no idea that the administration had planned to get started on implementing our designs so quickly,” said senior Grace Phair. “Until we received a text with pictures of the torn down lockers and a text from Mrs. Davis saying, ‘Your voices matter... look what we started on this week!’ I couldn’t help but smile when I saw her text. Not only was it amazing to see our design come to life, but to know our administrators and teachers care about our student voice meant a lot."

The students got to pick the furniture, paint colors, messaging on the walls – everything to make it a more inclusive, engaging and flexible space.

“Seeing the administration follow through on such a big project that was mainly based on what we said and what we wanted was crazy to watch,” said Student Advisory Council member Caleb Hoch. “I think I learned a lot more about the new way the district is moving. The follow-through shows that the district isn’t just all talk about doing new and innovative things.”

Principal Davis says that the new learning space at East is a perfect example of embracing student voice. “From the design to meeting with furniture vendors, the entire process was driven by student voice. We have been thrilled watching the space 'come to life' at the start of this school year providing a wonderful space for students to collaborate at all times of the day."