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Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space

Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space

Across the U.S., school districts are embracing the concept of future-ready schools, or schools that are rooted in the 21st Century Learning Framework. In such schools, teachers’ and students’ roles are reversed—students take a greater role in directing their own progress through a unique learning path, while teachers become guides and mentors. This report, Schools of the Future, examines the characteristics of future-ready schools, gleaned through the experiences of those who have implemented key components, and provides a look at where the U.S. is today in transforming the current education system into the schools of the future.

Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space looks at the interaction of learning and the physical environment and the role that changing the learning environment can have in how teachers teach and children learn. Learning environments are changing both through new construction and redesign of existing spaces.

This report can stand on its own or serve as a companion to Schools of the Future, Part 1: Curriculum and Content, which focuses on the changing curriculum and content needs of future-ready schools, the changing roles of teachers and learners and how that changes the demand for instructional materials.

Publication:

Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space is now available. Price: $1,500.

Schools of the Future, Part 1: Curriculum and Content became available in February 2018. Price: $1,500

Schools of the Future, parts 1 and 2: $2,800.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
METHODOLOGY
1. THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE: AN INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE?
A Move toward Student-Led Learning
Technology Supports Learning
A Comfortable and Collaborative Environment
WHAT IS DRIVING THE CHANGES?
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES AHEAD
A FRAGMENTED LANDSCAPE OF CHANGE
2. THE PHYSICAL SPACE
NEW BUILDING PROJECTS
Exhibit 2.1: Costs of Selected Educational Construction Projects Incorporating Future-Ready Elements
A Primary Goal: Flexibility
Common Configurations
Exhibit 2.2: Selected Makerspace Tools, Equipment, and Supplies
Environmental and Other Attributes
RETROFITTING EXISTING SPACES
Modernization and Renovation Projects
Alternatives to Large-Scale Renovation
The Role of the Library
FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS
Exhibit 2.3: Selected Furniture Options for Learning Commons and Other Future-Ready Spaces
3. A LOOK AHEAD
DEVELOPING A VISION
SOLICITING INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS
SEEKING INSPIRATION
GENERATING EDUCATOR ENTHUSIASM
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Schools of the Future, Part 2:
The Physical Space
Focusing on Flexibility
Grassroots Growth
Change Need Not Be Costly
Promoting Partnerships
Time Management
4. CASE STUDIES
PALO ALTO HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA ARTS CENTER: NEW BUILDING SUPPORTS COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY
RED OAK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: TRANSFORMING LIBRARIES TO LEARNING COMMONS
BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT: INNOVATION AS A MARRIAGE OF CURRICULUM AND PHYSICAL SPACE
FREDERICK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: REPLACEMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVES AS BLUEPRINT AND INSPIRATION
LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ONE: CREATING A COHESIVE SCHOOLS-OF-THE-FUTURE PLAN

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