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Pedagogy of Space: 'The world in which our children live in and will move into is one that will continue to change' 

John Nagel, Supervisor

David A Stubbs II

Punahou School; Cultural Shift 

Domains: Process, Learning, Context, Toolbox

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A706

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 3:15 pm


Relying on over 20 years of experience and data from educational observations, in the fall of 2012, David A. Stubbs II demonstrated for the first time an educational furniture 'system' that has changed the landscape of educational environments. However, the research and understanding of the pedagogy of the next generation of space had only just begun. In the past five years, David has come to understand and respect the fact that in order to effectively create change, that we ALL must work differently. If we truly desire change, we may no longer be able to rely on tried and proven concepts. We need to first understand the 'Why' of a specific community, comprehend the 'Who' and only then begin to create the 'How' and the 'What' with all stakeholders. In his work, David has had the opportunity to work with extremely talented and passionate school leaders but none more successful in demonstrating change than Punahou School in Waikiki, Hawaii. The intent of this workshop is for the audience to experience Punahou's journey in the creation of change as well as to hear how the relationships of form and function or physical and instructional have blended to create environments that that are extremely adaptable. Punahou clearly understands that every student's journey looks entirely different. Each student has their own individual personalities, their own learning profiles. Students arrive very curious and they don't want that curiosity to go away. In their structures, teachers are more like a mentor then a teacher teaching at the podium and giving information to the students. What they have discovered is that students really take control of their own learning but it's truly the space that actually permits both the student and the teacher to become highly successful. Punahou empowers students to take control of their own learning not only instructionally but it's also the space that is going to facilitate their own learning and growth. The studios really are based on a pedagogical mindset that learning doesn't take place in a classroom as we once thought of it, that learning takes place in all different areas. They understand that no one learns in exactly the same way therefore they provided space that accommodates all the different needs of all different learners as well as understanding that in order to really personalize learning, we need to be able to be flexible, flexibility of not only our curriculum, but our space, our teachers... everything. The vision of education to which Punahou is moving makes collaboration, innovation and growth imperative as opposed to desirable.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will begin to consider space and most importantly the tools within learning environments as an opportunity to rethink how we deliver professional development and Ā±permitĪµ teaching and learning.  
  2. Participants will be aware of examples of disruptive design techniques and facilitation opportunities to acquire valuable information when constructing the next generations of facilities.  
  3. Participants should begin to consider creating multi-functional spaces that permit flexibility, agility as well as professional development supporting resources and tools that support in lieu of restrict creativity and innovation.  
  4. Attendees will begin to understand "The Why" to change educational environments as well as observe successful examples of change not only in physical space but in pedagogy.