Shawn White is a teacher, father, husband, and lover of life in New Hampshire. He’s talented in many ways. His poem below is just one of his talents.
Can you imagine how creative and excited you would feel if you were a student or teacher in these schools?
I’m fortunate that the community of Onalaska, WI approved a funding referendum in February that will allow my elementary school to be expanded and totally remodeled over the next year or so. We’ll go from about 55,000 square feet to nearly 93,000. Plus, we’ll be able to change the open concept design of the school (built in 1972) to one that is more suited for contemporary learning and teaching. I can’t wait to see the final product, but am really enjoying the current design process. Our architects have been fantastic and I’m so proud of the staff in my school for the time they put into what we want in our new school.
The point of this post is to share some fantastic resources for anyone else who may be building or remodeling a school or even a single classroom.
The Third Teacher (from the Cannon Design Group) is a great book that shows how learning spaces can positively impact learning. Even if you are just rearranging your classroom, this book will be an excellent resource.
The Language of School Design is an excellent book. If you are building or remodeling a school, buy multiple copies of this book to put in the hands of every person who will have input on the design of your new learning spaces.
Carolyn Foote is a teacher librarian in Texas. I saw her present on learning spaces at the IntegratED conference in February 2014, and left her session with so many ideas that helped guide my current building design process.
Dave Meister is a superintendent in Paris, IL and was the first person I called to start my own education about school design. His new high school should be up and running in the fall of 2014 and it looks like an amazing facility.
Steven Weber is an incredibly helpful person when it comes to creative classroom spaces. Connect with him for an explanation of the Learning Commons he designed for his school.
Naomi Harm is talented in numerous ways, learning space design is certainly one of those areas. I’ve seen her present on the topic and she will fill your brain.
Baker Nowicki Design out of San Diego has been a constant source of information and inspiring ideas. Their designs are beautiful and learning-centered. The crew who manages their Twitter account is quick to share info and answer questions. The video below is just one of the many resources the BND bunch sent my way.
Sarah Thomas is a doc student at George Mason, tech integrationist, and teacher in a French immersion school in Prince Georges County in Maryland. She’s passionate about being a DJ, flipping her class, and leading professional development for fellow teachers.
This might be one of my favorite Techlandia conversations ever. David Theriault is a high school English teacher in California and shares some fantastic ideas about the world of education. He’s a seriously smart and kind human being.
Episode 55 of the Techlandia podcast features Carolyn Foote. She shares some great information about the design of learning spaces. I attended her learning space session at a conference in February, and she is fantastic.