Essentials Magazine Essentials Spring 2018 - Page 32

building speaks on its own and tells the story of students learning in deep and modern ways. A Place of Caring Schools can be institutional. Many have been designed to maximize functionality and get as many students through a school day as possible. The mission of learning communities continues to be caring for children, and the space can be a key component. Do students feel a sense of belonging? Do they have spaces that support their many needs? Leaders are redesigning to maximize care, concern, and belonging? New Ways of Learning Connected learning that brings students to experts and experts to students is hard to realize in desks and rows. Critical thinking struggles in spaces that aren’t filled with questions and places to explore. Collaboration between classes, grade levels, and students can be maximized when there are common spaces that support the movement and space that students and teachers need to design these experiences. Build New Leaders Excellent school leaders are swamped in both the urgent and significant tasks of each day, and the need to build internal leadership capacity to fully realize a distributed leadership model is central to their long-term effectiveness. Rethinking and redesigning can be a vehicle for building capacity. As teachers and staff see themselves as space designers, they are freed to make other decisions about the learning environment. This empowerment means more and more decisions that support kids by design. The research continues to support the positive impacts that are possible with changes to the learning spaces, and many leaders are seeing the power that space design has had on individual classrooms. All of this is helping to nudge more and more school and district leaders to see learning space changes as essential to the work as pedagogical change and digital changes. Ultimately, these three areas work as a triad for meaningful change. Every space in every school has room to grow in its design. There are way too many tired spaces that speak loudly to parents, teachers, students, and the community. They can leave people believing that the school says one thing and does another. They can leave people believing that the level of detail for success isn’t present at the 32 essentials | spring 2018 building speaks on its own and tells the story of students learning in deep and modern ways. A Place of Caring Schools can be institutional. Many have been designed to maximize functionality and get as many stu- dents through a school day as possible. The mission of learning communities continues to be caring for children, and the space can be a key component. Do students feel a sense of belonging? Do they have spaces that support their many needs? Leaders are redesigning to 32 essentials | spring 2018 maximize care, concern, and belonging? New Ways of Learning Connected learning that brings students to experts and experts to students is hard to realize in desks and rows. Critical thinking struggles in spaces that aren’t filled with questions and places to explore. Collaboration between classes, grade levels, and students can be maximized when there are common spaces that support the movement and space that students and teachers need to design these experi- ences. Build New Leaders Excellent school leaders are swamped in both the urgent and significant tasks of each day, and the need to build internal leadership capacity to fully realize a distributed leadership model is central to their long-term effectiveness. Rethinking and redesigning can be a vehicle for building \X]K\XX\[YYH[\[\\XH\YۋB\^H\HYYXZH\XKB[ۜX]HX\[[\ۛY[ \[\\Y[YX[[ܙH[[ܙHX\[ۜ]\ܝYB\YۋH\X\۝[Y\\ BܝH]]H[\X]\BXH][\HX\[œX\[X[HXY\\HYZ[H\]XH\Yۈ\Yۈ[]YX[\ܛ\ˈ[و\š\[[YH[ܙH[[ܙB[\XXY\YBX\[XH[\\\[X[Hܚ\YYX[[B[Y][[\ˈ[[X][K\BYH\X\ܚ\HXY܈YX[B[ٝ[[K]\HXH[]\H\œHܛ[]\Yۋ\H\B^HX[H\YX\]XZ›YH\[XX\Y[[H[][]K^H[X]B[H[Y][]H^\›ۙH[[\[\^H[X]H[H[Y][]H][ق]Z[܈X\\۸&]\[]