New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Six Environmental Factors that Can Boost Performance

When it’s too cold in the office, are you able to focus? Do you enjoy sitting beneath glaring fluorescent lights for eight hours?

You probably would answer ‘no’ to both—and in the workplace, most of us are aware that environmental factors such as lighting and temperature can either stifle or encourage productivity. (The latter might be why many organizations are going to great lengths to make employees comfortable.)

But the truth is, classrooms—the ‘work spaces’ of our youth—should also be the product of careful consideration and design. One successful example of such planning is San Diego’s e3 Civic High School, which has redefined classrooms within a flexible environment. At e3, classrooms are called studios and teachers are able to change their instructional environments to best support the work students are doing; meanwhile, students are collaborating with one another and taking ownership of their learning.

Perhaps most interesting of all is that by simply creating a more effective classroom design, you can improve students’ performance by 25%.

Skeptical? Edudemic recently shared the following infographic from Innova Design Solutions Ltd on the subject.

Factors Which Affect Learning

Now that you know, it might be time to take a fresh look at your classroom.

Consider how:

  • Furniture can influence your students’ behavior
  • Classroom layout contributes to collaboration
  • Colors might stimulate learning
  • Temperature might impact concentration
  • Acoustics could improve communication
  • Lighting can inspire students

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Can Physical Spaces Inspire Innovation? - School developers are reimagining all physical resources in order to create breakthrough environments: ones where their new school models can flourish and where students can make incredibly dramatic gains and be fully engaged in their learning. Here, e3 Civic High's space supports personalized, project-based learning.

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Kristi DePaul

CEO, Founders Marketing

A Pittsburgh native, Kristi is an avid content marketer, blogger, educator, speaker, and world traveler. Most recently, she managed marketing efforts for NGLC, a $65m education investment network and EDUCAUSE, the world’s premier higher ed IT association. Previously, she led strategic initiatives and marketing communications across four continents for three international start-ups. Combining her expertise in marketing, social media and influencer relations, Kristi has formed Founders Marketing, a firm that helps start-ups create effective messaging to grow global audiences.