The Set of Mandalorian vs The Community Lighthouse: Shaping the Future of Education

In this highly interactive workshop YOU will be designing the future of K-12 education. Which scenario should we create for the future education: The Set of Mandalorian or The Community School? To answer this question we will use the two-part future shapers framework borrowed from Stanford d. School resident futurist Lisa Kay Solomon. First, we will co-create a future map exploring each scenario, then we will form teams for the purpose of debating each scenario in the context of:
1. Ending systemic racism, marginalization, and inequity.
2. Universal self-awareness, holistic health, and well-being.
3. Meeting the challenges of a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world and the Black Swans of the future.
4. Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The Set of Mandalorian Scenario (based upon the work of Open University in the report The Future of Learning 2070): What if learning includes brain to brain transmission of information, full-sensory virtual learning (smell, taste, touch, hear, see), and immersive virtual reality such that kinesthetic learning will (environment responding to the interventions, a learning environment become possible, with computers stimulating all five senses? The Community Lighthouse Scenario (based upon the work of Dee Dickinson of Johns Hopkins University): What if the center of knowledge sharing shifts into communities? As “lighthouses of knowledge”, such communities evolve in which families and tutors create an accessible, local, and friendly environment for learning. Where the community and the children are mutually supporting each other. The outcomes from this workshop are understanding and empowering ourselves as future shapers, imagining the future as we want it, and facing the future that will happen if we do not act.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand and embracing our role as future shapers.
2. Experiencing two of the tools of futurists, creating a future map and debating the future.
3. Analyzing the future of education in terms of ending racism, creating well-being, and responding to a VUCA world.
4. Connecting the sustainable development goals (SDG's) to the future of education.

Anna Harrison, Director of Educational Planning, Aedis Architects
An award winning designer, educator, planner, and strategist, with over 25 years of experience Anna is a recognized leader in biophilic design, flexible learning environments, and outdoor learning. Teaching and facilitating workshops locally and globally, Anna engages diverse stakeholder groups in interactive workshops to envision and define guiding principles connecting educational design to long term strategic transformation.

Bryan Gibson, Research and Design, Global Communities Moderator, LearnLife
Working to support the emergence of a new global learning paradigm. Experienced Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in education and leadership. Passionate lifelong learner and graduate master of Environmental Law and Sustainable Development.

Morana Medved, NCIDQ, CID, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, EDAC, Lecturer, San Jose State University
Morana is a lecturer at San Jose State University (SJSU), where she has been teaching building codes, construction documentation, and architectural systems in the Interior Design Department since 2008. She is also the Director of Interiors at Artik Art + Architecture, an educational architecture firm. Her passion is using great design to promote the health and wellness of building occupants and educating the community on the importance of cultivating well-being through built environments. 

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

LearningSCAPES 2021

October 14-17
Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO