LearningSCAPES Tour #1  –  10:00 am – 3:30 pm*

*approximate ending time

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***Please note: for security measures photos of students are not allowed during the tour. ***

Tour A length: 45 minutes

Mundelein
High School

1350 Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL 60060

Tour Leader:
Anthony Kroll

Description:
A three-story addition establishes Mundelein High School (MHS) as a regional leader in STEM education and career preparation. Classrooms and labs can quickly adjust to support everything from group work to self-directed study. The expansion has allowed MHS to create business mentoring programs, university and corporate partnerships, and community outreach opportunities.

Evidence of active learning appears throughout the facility: students collaborate in college-level labs twice the size of the old ones, conduct nanotechnology research or build robots in specialty labs, pitch ideas to business leaders in a corporate-style conference room, or work with renewable energy on the third floor “experiment balcony.” The addition, sited within a large courtyard, straddles the existing facility and avoids imposing on the site. Courtyards outside the STEM labs encourage outdoor experiments, while the roof deck enables third-floor science labs to step outside and test projects involving solar energy and wind speed. Second floor classrooms open up to a light-filled breakout space that expands to accommodate multi-class or community events.

Tour B length: 30 minutes

Haskins Library at Deer Path Middle School

95 W Deerpath Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Tour Leader:
Julie Michiels Perkins+Will

Description:
The renovation of Haskins Library, the 7th-8th grade media center at Deer Path Middle School, is a colorful response to today’s learning needs. Transforming a traditional school library space into an active and flexible learning environment, Perkins+Will worked with the client to create a warm, inviting space that prioritizes transparency and collaboration. The tour will focus on design strategies that promote project-based learning and flexible class activities, along with accommodating independent study and quiet reading spaces typical of traditional library spaces. Deer Path students use moveable furniture, a structure with stadium-style seating that accommodates different group configurations, a gathering space called “The Campfire”, and flexible classrooms to take charge of their learning experience. Generous natural light boosts wellness and helps maintain energy reduction standards.

Tour C length: 45 minutes

Adlai E. Stevenson
High School

1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Tour Leader:
Mr. Sean Carney, Rick Dewar

Description:
This tours ties into the the presentation by the schools superintendent, Dr Eric Twadell “ When great isn’t Good enough: How Two nationally ranked High Schools are evolving to keep their edge.”   Stevenson is a 4500 student school in north suburban Chicago and has dealt with tremendous growth since the late 1980’s while becoming one of the top ranked schools in the nation. Physical growth has allowed the school to continually explore better ways of delivering teaching and learning, and we will explore the evolution of Stevenson’s learning spaces.   Collaboration and student interaction are drivers for many of the public areas of the school, and classrooms are continually improved to respond to developing ways of teaching and learning. While touring the school, participants will explore how student and teacher interaction is facilitated in multi-disciplined teachers offices, and see student help options for different learning styles. A new “net- zero” addition is under construction that will support multi-disciplined science, culinary and foreign language programs

LU: 2

 

Mundelein High School

Abstract:   A three-story addition establishes Mundelein High School (MHS) as a regional leader in STEM education and career preparation. Classrooms and labs can quickly adjust to support everything from group work to self-directed study. The expansion has allowed MHS to create business mentoring programs, university and corporate partnerships, and community outreach opportunities.

Evidence of active learning appears throughout the facility: students collaborate in college-level labs twice the size of the old ones, conduct nanotechnology research or build robots in specialty labs, pitch ideas to business leaders in a corporate-style conference room, or work with renewable energy on the third floor “experiment balcony.” The addition, sited within a large courtyard, straddles the existing facility and avoids imposing on the site. Courtyards outside the STEM labs encourage outdoor experiments, while the roof deck enables third-floor science labs to step outside and test projects involving solar energy and wind speed. Second floor classrooms open up to a light-filled breakout space that expands to accommodate multi-class or community events.

 

Haskins Library at Deer Path Middle School

Abstract:   The renovation of Haskins Library, the 7th-8th grade media center at Deer Path Middle School, is a colorful response to today’s learning needs. Transforming a traditional school library space into an active and flexible learning environment, Perkins+Will worked with the client to create a warm, inviting space that prioritizes transparency and collaboration. The tour will focus on design strategies that promote project-based learning and flexible class activities, along with accommodating independent study and quiet reading spaces typical of traditional library spaces. Deer Path students use moveable furniture, a structure with stadium-style seating that accommodates different group configurations, a gathering space called “The Campfire”, and flexible classrooms to take charge of their learning experience. Generous natural light boosts wellness and helps maintain energy reduction standards.

 

A.E. Stevenson High School

Abstract:   Adlai E. Stevenson High School, located in north suburban Chicago, has become one of the top-ranked schools in the nation, while dealing with tremendous growth since the late 1980s. The high school focuses on doing what is best for the student and the evolution of their physical plant supports all aspects of every student’s experience while at Stevenson. Collaboration and student interaction are drivers for many public areas of the school, and student services are accessible in a variety of locations.

As part of a design competition, Wight was challenged to create collaborative learning environments reflective of the District’s current educational direction and link two separate elements of its large campus. The winning entry, “The Link,” effectively serves as a unifying element of a Facility Master Plan and provides a future vision for integrated, non-traditional teaching and learning spaces in various configurations, sizes, and educational purposes. The new Link is envisioned as a singular “heart” of the school; a connection of the existing halves, and is planned to commence design in 2020.

Additionally, design work has been completed and construction has commenced on an East Building classroom addition. The 56,800-sf addition will address growing enrollment and provide new learning environments aligned with the school’s educational paradigms. In addition to world language classrooms, maker labs, and multi-purpose presentation spaces for conferences and extended learning, the scope includes five advanced physics and engineering program labs. Unique aspects of the science spaces include reconfigurable labs with multiple teaching surfaces, and a two-story atrium for vertical drops and robotics experiments. Rooftop teaching spaces to support biology and botany include a greenhouse and exterior gardens, where food will be produced to demonstrate a farm-to-fork approach.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how educational spaces can be used to enhance educational partnerships between the school and local businesses.
  2. Understand how creative design techniques can reclaim under-utilized campus spaces.
  3. Understand how the natural daylight and opportunities for students to move about the space has a positive effect on productivity and wellness.
  4. Learn about unique strategies that were employed to facilitate 21st century learning

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