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Modern Instructional Mindsets, Modern Learning Spaces: When Learning Needs Drive Design Decisions

Catherine Saldutti, President

Robert Rhodes, Principal 

EduChange, Horace Greeley HS

Domains: Learning, Process, Context

Course Level: Expert

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A703

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Modern facilities are the new EdTech, and with the surge in renovations, new builds and STEAM/Maker spaces comes new questions about how this new “technology” does and does not support learning. Educational leaders and instructional designers are embarking on another exciting but largely uncharted journey with regards to modern learning spaces. Beyond the critical need to provide comfortable, ergonomic, aesthetic, naturally-lit and safe spaces is the need to support and enhance best-practice instruction. From the educators’ perspective, the design of modern spaces also represents a change management initiative for the school community. We want teachers and students to make marked shifts in their practice—to modernize learning—yet the space itself cannot achieve this end. This session explores the educators’ perspective on learning environment design, including considerations for ways that architects can work better with educators to allow for evolving instructional practice over several years. Catherine Saldutti, President of EduChange, is an instructional designer joining a team of educational leaders from Chappaqua, NY to tell the story of a district-wide, multi-building modernization initiative. Both triumphs and barriers to successful collaboration will be shared.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. To understand some research-based instructional practices to be supported by modern learning spaces
  2. To learn how these practices are operationalized in a space
  3. To compare the timeline and process of modernizing spaces and modernizing teaching and learning across a district
  4. To consider barriers to successful collaborations, and possibilities for improvement