With an ultimate objective to build and develop education in the area, the ‘innovation incubator’ concept was conceived as a means of sharing challenges and finding solutions in a collective and equitable way, across the various different schools in the district. Over a two-day launch event, we introduced NoTosh Design Thinking to over 50 educators, splitting them into a number of teams to explore potential opportunities from ideation to feedback and assessment. As a result, 14 of those teams were given the opportunity to take their ideas forward.
The Spanish Family Outreach Programme, Si Se Puede, is a particularly successful idea. The team behind this initiative wanted to find ways to reach out to minority groups in the community and created a student interpreter facility to encourage Spanish pupils to attend schools more regularly and also to become fully qualified interpreters themselves, real-life skills that can be put to good use outside the classroom.
R2 Innovates continues to go from strength to strength. Only a few small changes have been made and fewer teams are now required to offer in-district mentoring as the programme becomes embedded in the curriculum. With NoTosh providing a helping hand when required, R2 Innovates is being rolled out in other school districts in Columbia and a permanent innovation hub has been established in the city, which everyone can access.
“The programme was a huge learning curve with the implementation of NoTosh Design Thinking making a big impact to the way we approach decision-making and student development in our education system.”