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SchoolsNEXT - Changing the Face of Education
Part 1

Gulliver Academy Middle School, Miami FL

Lakeridge Junior High School, Lake Oswego, OR

McAuliffe International School, Denver, CO

Domains: Process, Learning, Content, Toolbox

Course Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A602

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:00pm


With the intent to bring the student voice into the planning and design of exceptional learning environments, SchoolsNEXT teams from across the globe demonstrate their passion in rethinking the requisites of tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments, reaching beyond the school walls and developing solutions to global design challenges that inspire transformation in education.

Their desire to make a difference in the world is remarkable and humbling. Challenged to plan and design sustainable ad resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaborative teamwork, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education.

With their articulate division of labor, comprehensive planning process and exemplary teamwork, the students take a leap into the future. Their eco-friendly solutions not only meet the needs of students, but address the economy and society of the future. Guided by a STEAM curriculum, SchoolsNEXT teams are enabled, engaged and empowered to master the skills they need to take on the challenges of a world defined by change.

From a circular building surrounding a “forest” in the middle replete with treehouse science rooms, using nature aesthetically as part of the design cycle, to employing solar panels as bus shelters, focusing on sustainable technologies such as wind turbines, base isolators, natural ventilation, green roofs pollinator-friendly plants, community gardens and future earthquake resilience, the students envision a future that will indeed change the face of education.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the importance of energy conservation using net-zero energy and other sustainable strategies as a means of preserving the environments, adding to community resources and addressing the effects of climate change.
  2. Discover how connecting excellence in planning and design reflecting community needs and environmental resources results in excellence in education and serves as an economic engine developing vital and resilient communities.
  3. Learn how class structure and different learning modalities influence the design of the physical environment.
  4. Explore a true student-centered, sustainable learning community where growth, free will and connection to nature informed the design.