SchoolsNEXT Student Presentations


Kevin Havens
AIA, Executive Vice President, Director of Design, Wight & Company

Dr. Paul Sally
New Trier Township High School District 203

Dr. Eric Twadell
Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125


1.5 Learning Units (LU) HSW

How applies to HSW:

We will feature the projects developed by middle and high school students from all over the country for their ideal school. A common thread is the desire to go hand in hand with the local community to improve health and quality of life, be “green” and offer flexible spaces to accommodate students with disabilities. All projects tend to create inclusive spaces that are at the same time a beacon for the community, where everyone has an opportunity to learn at every level and share.

Learning Objectives:
  • Use of recycled materials, like shipping containers for learning pods, to minimize waste and environmental impact 
  • Incorporation of nature in the learning spaces to ensure healthy conditions (sunlight, fresh air, physical movement) and promote the growth of vegetables for the cafeteria and the community 
  • Use of removable walls to adapt the space to large and small group and accommodate the needs of students with disabilities 
  • Understand how feelings and emotions are crucial elements in the learning process and how design, choice of color, use of daylight and fresh air will affect them and will therefore promote positive academic outcomes