A great big thank you to those who contributed to making the Innovation Center a reality!
Innovators ($350,000 +) Tim and Heather Ryan Entrepreneurs ($50,000 +) Edmund Leopold Change Makers ($10,000 +) Chagrin Falls PTO The Veale Foundation Collaborators ($2500 +) Chagrin Falls Dads Club Terry and Edda Owen Scott and Antoanela Vaccaro Dan and Amy Taussig Lyndall Associates, Inc. Bob and Kristin Tull Peter and Joelle Snavely Christy Wynveen John Epprecht The Wright/Mandel Charitable Trust Inventors ($1000 +) The Chagrin Valley Dance Committee Paul and Susannah Doman The Chagrin Falls School Class of 2020 Charles and Meghan Brennan Kevin and Leigh Kruszenski The Toney Family Foundation Paul and Laurie McCormack Key Bank Foundation Matthew and Annie Amata Paul and Meg Nachtwey Lynn Reboul Beth Johnson Brett and Michelle Adams Dan Angelino/Beth Embrescia Smith and Jennifer McKee Brian and Mary Donley Charles and Amy Swift Gregg and Cindy Taber Michael and Anne Coffey John and Kelly Curtiss Joe and Joyce Marquette Mike and Elizabeth Morris William Baker Frank and Karen Eagle Trailblazers ($500 +) Peter and Shari Bullen Andrew Weingart John and Kelly Curtiss Gabe and Vicki Orazen Carrie O'Brien Brendan and Lisa Buescher Richard and Connie Croasdaile Gottschalk Building Company Amy Myers Richard and Dawn Haber Kristen Joyce Bank of America Charitable Foundation Lawrence and Tina Lechman Carol Dolan Scott and Laura Zimmer Sharon Broz Creators ($250 +) Chagrin Valley Women's Club Jay Schach Joseph and Jennifer Cimperman Rich and Kris Amendola Diane Nachtwey Robert and Shannon Hunt Jamie and Michelle Venorsky Marty and Mary Kay O'Toole Kathryn Garvey Julie and Adam Conrad Susan Rebeta Joel and Charlotee Elconin Designers ($100 +) John and Laurie Butler Jeffrey Berlin Daniel McLain Clark and Judy White Doug and Kathie Campbell Brooke Takacs John and Jan Curtis Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Angela DeBernardo The Ranieri Family Scott and Kris Gillespie Lowe's Audio and Video Roseanne Feeney James Nace Dan and Anne DeSantis Mike and Sarah Read Rachel Jones Christopher and Charlotte Woofter Tina Nerpouni Mike and Karen Wise Michael Daugherty Laila Discenza Anne Spano Carolyn Petite Shirley Copeland Michael Daugherty Leslie Brown Wade and Laura Fricke Jessica Nussbaum Timothy Haskett Lisa Farah Christopher Lowry Pioneers Anthony Vidmar Jan Huffman Brian McKenna Stuart Culler Delphine Despres Bobbie Serensky Katie Adick Bill Holzeimer Gina Bauer Sandy Schach Laurie Walsh George and Anne Vanderbilt Marti Jacobson Carolyn Gruss Amanda Schmidt Kristen Rankin Timothy Burke
Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation unveils plans for new Innovation Center to help better prep students for college and beyond
CHAGIN FALLS, OH (May 2, 2016) – The way in which students learn today – and how teachers teach – continues to drastically evolve. To help fully prepare students for college and the changing landscape of the world, a parent-led initiative is underway to build a flexible learning environment called the Innovation Center. Set to open this fall, the 4,300 sq. ft. center for grades 7 – 12 students and teachers, will integrate technology and creativity and promote designed thinking that aims to reach beyond traditional education boundaries. Aspects of the center will also support students k – 8 through Project Lead the Way STEM and robotics programming. Parents and the community of Chagrin Falls, under the guidance of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation, are working together to raise the funds needed to construct the new space, once again demonstrating the dedication and overwhelming support this community has for its students and teachers.
What is the Innovation Center
Many schools and universities are incorporating centers such as this one into their campus and curriculum (e.g. Case Western Reserve University’s think[box]). The goal of the Innovation Center is to push students to reach beyond traditional educational boundaries. As a district, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools most recent strategic plan stresses flexible learning and individualized education for every student in the district. This space is in direct response to the plan as everyone from the school board to educators understands they are grooming future researchers, entrepreneurs and creators and it’s their responsibility to make every tool available to foster progressive learning.
Why is this needed
Teaching and learning has rapidly changed in recent years – and will continue to do so. Today, most people are able to quickly find facts, figures and calculations with a few clicks. Thus, the need for memorization has been replaced with the need for deep understanding; connection of ideas and the ability to apply and transfer said ideas to other areas of practice. Students of today must be trained in these areas and challenged to develop strategies to collaborate, ideate, research and problem-solve. A dramatic paradigm shift in the role of educators has occurred, moving away from delivery of content to facilitation of deep understanding and synthesis of information for students. If students are not exposed to this type of learning and thinking, they are at risk for falling behind and not properly being prepared for college.
Under the direction of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation, parents and the community are working together to raise approximately $600,000 for the center. To help kick start fundraising efforts, the parents of two Chagrin Falls students have graciously donated $150,000 to the center, and will then match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000. Other initiatives include:
- Chagrin Falls schools boasts a highly involved alumni group and efforts are underway, including a Go Fund me campaign, to tap into this connected network
- A private VIP donor party will take place at M Italian on June 2. One of the goals of this party is to bring the Innovation Center to life so potential donors can experience it first-hand, including 3D printing, the use of robots to telepresence famous Chagrin Falls alumni and much more
- The community can support the Innovation Center by donating here
About 4,300 square feet of current classroom and library space in the current Chagrin Falls Middle School will be dedicated to the Innovation Center, allowing for the development of three distinct yet interconnected spaces to be used by students across grades 7-12.
Innovative lab development:
- Research Center: a connected space for research, idea creation & study
- Collaboration Classroom: a place for group discussion and interaction, with the use of technology to connect beyond the borders of Chagrin Falls
- Fab Lab: a makersspace to bring the students’ ideas to life, with 3D printers, embroidery machines, laser cutters, tools and more
Project Lead the Way and Robotics Programming Implementation in K-6:
- Tech labs at Gurney Elementary and Chagrin Falls Intermediate School will be outfitted to support Project Lead the Way STEM programming across grades K-6, as of 2016-17
- Provision of Lego WeDo Robotics kits with connected sets of iPads for K-6 use
State-of-the-art technology for 7-12 Embedded STREAM growth:
- Creation of an Apple Lab to support enhanced computer programming and visual design across the art department
- Provision of additional technology to support student work in entrepreneurship classes
- Provision of state-of-the-art video equipment to grow video production programming
Images, 360 video and 3D renderings available upon request. TDA Architecture is responsible for the design of the space. Teachers are working in conjunction with the architects to provide insight and input in the final space.
Interviews, tours and more
Robert Hunt, CVEVS superintendent, Meg Nachtwey, president of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation, and teachers are all available for interviews. Tours of the future space are available upon request.