Schools of the Future, Part 2

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  • Report
  • 53 Pages
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Across the U.S., school districts are embracing the concept of future-ready schools, or schools that are rooted in the 21st Century Learning Framework. In such schools, teachers’ and students’ roles are reversed-students take a greater role in directing their own progress through a unique learning path, while teachers become guides and mentors. This report, Schools of the Future, examines the characteristics of future-ready schools, gleaned through the experiences of those who have implemented key components, and provides a look at where the U.S. is today in transforming the current education system into the schools of the future.

Schools of the Future, Part 1: Curriculum and Content focuses on the changing curriculum needs of future-ready schools-from 21st century learning models to personalized learning and multi-age learning to the changing roles of teachers and librarians—and the changing demand relating to instructional materials, including OER, assessments, robotics, and other technologies.

Newly available: Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space focuses on the new physical spaces for learning-the changing school environment, both for new construction and the redesign of existing space-that are being implemented to facilitate the future-ready learning experience. These new spaces demand flexibility for both students and teachers, but future ready does not necessarily mean a huge construction project.

Practical lessons on implementation of the aspects of future-ready schools are provided through five case studies of districts or schools in each part (for a total of 10 case studies) that are implementing facets of the school of the future.

Schools of the Future was created to be a reference resource and guide for developers, marketers and providers of curriculum development, content, technology tools and devices, assessment, professional development, furniture and educational equipment.

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Executive Summary

Methodology

1. The School Of The Future: An Introduction

  • What Is The School Of The Future?
  • A Move Toward Student-Led Learning
  • Technology Supports Learning
  • A Comfortable And Collaborative Environment
  • What Is Driving The Changes?
  • Potential Challenges Ahead
  • A Fragmented Landscape Of Change

2. The Physical Space

  • New Building Projects
  • Exhibit 2.1: Costs Of Selected Educational Construction Projects Incorporating Future-Ready Elements
  • A Primary Goal: Flexibility
  • Common Configurations
  • Exhibit 2.2: Selected Makerspace Tools, Equipment, And Supplies
  • Environmental And Other Attributes
  • Retrofitting Existing Spaces
  • Modernization And Renovation Projects
  • Alternatives To Large-Scale Renovation
  • The Role Of The Library
  • Furniture And Furnishings
  • Exhibit 2.3: Selected Furniture Options For Learning Commons And Other Future-Ready Spaces

3. A Look Ahead

  • Developing A Vision
  • Soliciting Input From Stakeholders
  • Seeking Inspiration
  • Generating Educator Enthusiasm
  • Other Considerations
  • Schools Of The Future, Part 2:
  • The Physical Space
  • Focusing On Flexibility
  • Grassroots Growth
  • Change Need Not Be Costly
  • Promoting Partnerships
  • Time Management

4. Case Studies

  • Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center: New Building Supports Collaboration And Community
  • Red Oak Independent School District: Transforming Libraries To Learning Commons
  • Boulder Valley School District: Innovation As A Marriage Of Curriculum And Physical Space
  • Frederick County Public Schools: Replacement Middle School Serves As Blueprint And Inspiration
  • Lexington County School District One: Creating A Cohesive Schools-Of-The-Future Plan
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