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.
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
- 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