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INTRODUCTION:

Thanks to the sponsorship of VS , C/S Group, School Building Expo, and MediaSnackers, we are happy to highlight the following topics in this month’s e-newsletter:

  • 2007 DesignShare Awards for Innovative Learning Environments: Introducting our 2007 Awards jury team. Offering one last-chance opportunity to save fees through our “Early Bird” Registration before the regular registration process begins ahead of the cut-off date of April 20th.
  • New articles and resources: An amazing array of articles and resources that explore topics such as the design of “School 2.0″, creating a future-ready design scheme for kids who will graduate in the year 2020, the link between crime and school design, brain science’s impact on learning and school planning, schools that were conceived to empower entire communities while honoring our heroes, considering learning environments’ impact on young children in the US, New Zealand, and Scotland, an intentionally provocative ‘manifesto’ that considers how learners are changing before our eyes, considering how the city of New Orleans can become a nexus of community learning centers, and our first-ever podcasts (thanks to the power of MediaSnackers!)
  • The DesignShare Blog: A wild ride through the DesignShare blog covering topics from school design contests for 9-12 graders, the emergence of ‘virtual’ schools in real communities and Second Life, and videos that highlight architects and kids working together to design better schools to name but a few.
  • School Building Expo 2007: The remarkable experience of professional conversation re-imagined in Florida at School Building Expo’s first-ever “Expert Bar”.
  • And much, much more!

Most importantly, we’re thrilled to have you join us. DesignShare continues to evolve and expand in new directions to serve the larger world of school planners, educators and everyone invested in the future of learning! Subscription information at the end of the e-newsletter or write us an email at info@designshare.com to let us know what’s catching your attention.


2007 AWARDS PROGRAM

We’re thrilled to a great list of teams from around the world who have already registered for the 2007 Awards program (including India, Japan, Canada, Israel, and Australia, to name just a few countries so far, not to mention projects from around the US).

To say the least, it looks like an exciting summer ahead for the Jury team and our media partners who will publish the winning projects in the fall (School Construction News, the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia, and the UK’s own SchoolsforLife). Check the Media Partners link above to see how each magazine published the 2006 Awards story this past fall.

2007 Jury:

New to the team in 2007:

  • Daniel Pink ** special “Guest Juror” ** Best-selling author of A Whole New Mind, contributing editor Wired Magazine, international speaker, board member of The Big Picture Company. His articles on business and technology have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and other publications.
  • Alan November ** special “Guest Juror” ** Senior Partner of November Learning and founder of the international Building Learning Communities summer conference, best-selling author of Empowering Students with Technology, International educational technology leader and keynote speaker, co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology, and elected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
  • Stephen Heppell — formerly ran UK’s famed ULTRALAB, described by Microsoft and the Guardian as “Europe’s leading on-line education guru”, leading consultant for the Building Schools for the Future programme, international speaker and writer on technology, education, and school design, and lifelong educator.
  • John Weekes, AIA - Principal of DOWA (Dull Olson Weekes Architects), Jury Chair for 2007 AIA CAE Awards program.
  • Peter Brown, AIA, LEED AP - Principal, Director of K-12 Practice, Perkins+Will.
  • Judy Marks, Hon. AIA - Associate Director, NCEF (National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities).
  • Beth Hebert - education/curriculum author, former Principal of the Crow Island Elementary School (recognized architectural landmark for school design), passionate school design advocate.
  • Tim Dufault, AIA - President of Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A.
  • Ron Bogle - President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation and the Great Schools By Design initiative, jury member of the 2007 AIA CAE Awards program.
  • Ana Ines Bajcura - architect, winner of 2006 DesignShare Honor Award for an innovative kindergarten in Moreno, Argentina.
  • Chris Lehmann, founding Principal, Science Leadership Academy, named as one of “20 [Educators] to Watch” by the National School Boards Association in 2006.
  • Christian Long - President & CEO, DesignShare.
  • More jury members to come over the next month — stay tuned!

Returning to the team from the past:

  • Dr. Jeff Lackney, AIA, REFP - author of “Thirty-three Educational Design Principles for Schools and Community Learning” (NCEF), Partner, Fielding/Nair International.
  • Dr. Susan Wolff - author of “Design Features for Project-Based Learning”, Dean of Instruction at Columbia Gorge Community College.
  • Jeff Phillips - Principal Consultant for Research and Development in Facility Planning for the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia; President of Australasia Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI).
  • Dr. Frank Locker, AIA, REFP - CEFPI Planner of the Year (1999), principal with Frank Locker Inc, (educational planners), senior planning consultant with Fielding Nair International, principal of DeJONG-LOCKER.
  • Dr. Pablo Campos - Architect, campus planner, professor of Architecture in the Universidad San Pablo-C.E.U. (Spain)
  • Bobbie Hill - Partner, Director of Planning, Concordia Architecture & Planning.
  • Ulla Kjaervang - educational facility planning consultant, formally with the Danish Centre of Educational Environment (Denmark).
  • Amy Yurko, AIA - Founder of BrainSpaces, leader in the design of innovative learning environments.

Ex-Officio advisory team:

  • Prakash Nair, REFP - Managing Editor of DesignShare, Partner and President of Fielding/Nair International, CEFPI MacConnell Award winner.
  • Randy Fielding, AIA - Founder of DesignShare, Chairman and founding Principal of Fielding/Nair International.

PSST: Last chance for “Early Bird” Registration savings:

Even though the “Early Bird” Registration discount officially ended on Thursday, March 15th, anyone who sends an email to info@designshare.com with a comment about having read this month’s e-newsletter will be given an “Early Bird” extension until Friday, 23rd (good for all applicable discounts). Not a bad deal, mmm?!

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to save your design team registration fees!

Remember, even if you haven’t collected all of the project files and images, you can still sign up now to save fees and take your time collecting the project content later to upload to the DesignShare server. And there is plenty of time to ask us anything to help you and your team successfully participate.

Email us at info@designshare.com and let us know how we can help you participate in this year’s Awards program.

Regular Registration for all teams runs through Friday, April 20th.


LATEST ARTICLES & RESOURCES:

FUTURE-PLAN:
“Creating a 2020 Vision for School Design”
Videos and Article by Karl Fisch
, Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.

“The kindergartners that start in the fall of 2007 will graduate in the spring of 2020. As architects of schools, you need to have a 2020 Vision. Your client’s and children’s futures depend upon it…

You are tasked with creating buildings that will serve the needs of educators and students far into the future. But how do you do that when we are in a time of such rapid change? How can you possibly design a building that will meet future needs when those future needs could be so very different from today’s needs?

Just like educators, you need a vision of the future. We can’t change the past - it’s already happened. We can’t even change the present - as the moment passes too quickly. The future is the only thing we can change. Subsequently, the best way to predict the future is to invent it ourselves. Shouldn’t we get started?”

FUTURE PLAN:
“Education 2020: From Knowledge to Wisdom”
Video presentation by Prakash Nair,
President of FieldingNair International, past winner of the CEFPI MacConnell Award.

This video highlights a keynote presentation given by Prakash at Baruch College’s 8th annual Teaching and Technology Conference in 2006.

In the presentation, Prakash argues that we are at the very end of the Information Age (where knowledge is key) and are entering the Conceptual Age (where wisdom is mandatory). Considering a wide array of technology, education, and societal trends, this presentation lays out a framework for re-thinking the very premise of education and campus design.

Note: Apple’s QuickTime 6 is required to view this video

LEARNING MODELS:
wayne jennings“Features of Advanced Learning Systems”
Article by Wayne B. Jennings, Ph.D.
, Chair of the International Association of Learning Alternatives.

“Schools of tomorrow will be completely different physically and operationally.

We can’t tolerate the current high failure rates in terms of graduation and possession of the competencies needed to function successfully as citizens in a democracy, productively as workers and heuristically as learners. I’ve listed some of the features and principles of the new learning systems now barely on the school horizon but not unusual from the standpoint of research and existing but scattered practices.”

Also read: “Community Learning Centers” - a previously published article on DesignShare by Dr. Jennings

CASE STUDY:
“Designing School 2.0: Science Leadership Academy”
Article & Case Study by Chris Lehmann
, founding Principal of the recently opened 1:1 laptop urban high school, Science Leadership Academy; named by the National School Boards Association as one of “20 (Emerging Educational Technology Leaders) to Watch” in 2006.

“The school was to be an inquiry-driven, project-based school where students would be assessed by the work of their own creation.

What was frightening to me was, even with that idea in hand and a lot of experience with progressive curricular design, I had little idea how to make that idea come to life in the physical spaces of the building.”

Taking over several floors of a renovated office building in City Center, Chris and his team worked closely with their architectural partners over a rapid-fire year to redefine traditional ’school’ spaces in innovative ways. The goal was to demonstrate vastly new ways students/teachers will co-create knowledge in the future in the spirit of “School 2.0″ without spending a fortune in the design/renovation process.

Note: While the school opened with approximately 120 students (comprising the first 9th grade) from around Philadelphia in the fall of 2006, the school has received over 2,000 applications for next year’s 9th grade class. Later this spring, Edutopia magazine will publish an article on this remarkable example of a new generation of schools and learning opportunities.

PODCAST:
MediaSnackers Podcast Interview of Henry Giroux,
the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

In this podcast installment, MediaSnackers’ founder, DK, interviews Henry Giroux about emerging views about young people, new media, and how all of us need to shift our ideas if we’re going to support learners in the future.

Click the arrow below and have a listen! Note: If you do not see the podcast player (due to your server or media player), click on this link to be taken to the Giroux podcast player.

0.00—0.21 intros
0.22—1.54 representations of youth in mainstream media
1.55—2.32 the investment question
2.33—3.53 relationship between democracy and education
3.54—5.28 emergence of new media to readdress balance
5.29—6.53 places of change
6.54—7.25 public pedagogy
7.26—8.07 production vs deconstruction
8.08—9.00 what has to change
9.01—9.56 the future
9.57—10.11 outro

Note: This podcast is offered as a pre-introduction to the first set of MediaSnackers/DesignShare podcasts that will be released starting in April, 2007. Stay i-Tuned-in to hear some of the leading voices in school design, education, technology, etc. from around the world!

PODCAST:
MediaSnackers Podcast Interview of Henry Jenkins,
the of the Comparative Media Studies at MIT and the author of Convergence Culture

In this podcast installment, MediaSnackers’ founder, DK, interviews Henry Jenkins about the growing divide between young people and educators/youth professionals, and the state of youth technology usage that is quickly evolving into a “convergence culture”.

Click the arrow below and have a listen! Note: If you do not see the podcast player (due to your server or media player), click on this link to be taken to the Jenkins podcast player.

0.00—0.10 Intro
0.11—0.49 Henry tells us about his role at MIT
0.50—3.33 the current youth media climate
3.34—2.30 growing divide between young people and educators/youth professionals
5.13—7.08 media literacy vs digital literacy
7.09—8.59 the expectations of the ‘convergence culture’ with young people
9.00—11.06 the future of media
11.07—11.22 Thanks and outro

Note: This podcast is offered as a pre-introduction to the first set of MediaSnackers/DesignShare podcasts that will be released starting in April, 2007. Stay i-Tuned-in to hear some of the leading voices in school design, education, technology, etc. from around the world!

CASE STUDY:
“Hector Garcia Middle School: A School’s Design Aspires to Live Up to Its Name”
Article and Case Study by Peter Brown, AIA, LEED AP
, Principal, Director of K-12 Practice, Perkins+Will, lead designer on the soon-to-open Dallas, Texas based urban middle school.

“Education is Freedom and Freedom is Everybody’s Business” -Hector P. Garcia

“The inspiration of Hector Garcia challenged the project team to consider this investment in a school building as a greater investment to galvanize neighborhoods with community development, economic development, and inspiring young people to think broadly about their future. Working within tight technical and budgetary guidelines the school re-claims land within the city.

Previously, the site was a masterful and romantic demonstration of the automobile and its importance in the factory-based industrial economy. Hector Garcia Middle School looks to reinvent a diverse community - with people at the helm of a creative society - anticipating, inviting and inspiring students to make a difference in their world.”

SCHOOL DESIGN:
“Tackling the Crime of School Design”
Book Excerpt from Rena Upitis
, former Dean of Education at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; currently Professor of Arts Education at Queen’s University.

“Is there a link between crime and schools?

Windowless concrete containers, surrounded by barbed wire fences - looking more like prisons than schools - can hardly be thought of as inviting environments for students. But buildings surrounded by barbed wire certainly bear cultural messages. This paper describes how architecture embeds cultural and educational values, and how schools often send messages about institutional life that are far from nurturing.

The paper includes examples from North America, Europe and Australia - such as a prison built in New South Wales that was converted to a high school, still in operation today. I also introduce three prominent educational approaches associated with early childhood - Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.

Note: This paper is the first of eight chapters of a book manuscript titled Raising a School. In the book, the author claims that contemporary problems with education are not only about curriculum or testing or teacher competency, but also about the ways in which we build schools.

BRAIN SCIENCE:
“Skulls and School Boxes: Student Brains That Want Out”
Article by Dr. Robert Sylwester
, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon.

“…our brain regulates all such internal and external movements, and predicts and responds to the movements of others and objects. When movement stops, we die.

Teachers who continually require students to sit still and stop talking apparently prefer to teach a grove of trees rather than a classroom full of students.

School environments should be designed to enhance the development of student brains - and student brains are about movement, not motionless stagnation.”

COMMUNITY PLANNING:
“Designing a Nexus of Communities in New Orleans”
Article by Stephen Bingler, AIA, REFP, NCARB
, founding principal of Concordia llc., winner of CEFPI’s 2001 James D. MacConnell Award.

“The recovery and long-range redevelopment of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region is a complex undertaking requiring simultaneous planning in a wide range of disciplines.

For this reason there is a paramount need to create a planning infrastructure that will enhance collaboration and reduce duplication in all of the planning disciplines moving forward. In order to accomplish this goal, the Louisiana Recovery Authority has embraced the concept of Nexus planning, and the development of comprehensive Community Nexus Centers.”

INTERVIEW:

“Reconsidering the Design of Schools through the Lens of Project-Based Learning”
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Interview with Bob Pearlman,
the Director of Strategic Planning for the New Technology Foundation; former President of the Autodesk Foundation.

“Everyone has been to school or is in school today and few of these past and current environments demonstrate what 21st Century student workplaces should look and feel like. But educators and planners get it quickly when they visit 21st Century schools, talk to students and teachers, and carry their stories home.

Getting the classroom right as the center of learning and students at work is the essential building block for 21st Century Schools.”

CASE STUDY:
“The 100 is There!: Helen Gordan Child Development Center”
Article and Case Study by Sheryl Reinisch and Will Parnell
. Sheryl is an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University with a focus on early childhood education; Will is the Co-Director of the Helen Gordon Child Development Center in Portland, Oregon.

“Imagine walking into a school for the very first time. The space greets your senses with energy full of invitation, wonder, and intrigue. You are drawn in by this powerful magnet, longing to touch, explore, and learn more about those who dwell here. You find yourself wanting to stay, sensing strong connections in this community of children, families, and educators encompassed within this learning environment.

What is it about a place that creates this powerful draw?

As teacher educators, we find ourselves visiting numerous learning environments. Each school has its own unique characteristics and personality. Some schools seem to have this magnetic draw, while others do not. This energy stems from a symbiotic relationship, a flow of spaces that work together harmoniously.”

CASE STUDY:
“Making Space in New Zealand and Scotland”
Originally published by OECD’sPEB Exchange (2006/5).
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“Educational buildings and grounds can provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the learning process as well as contribute to greater community needs.

These issues were addressed at an international conference entitled “Making Space: Architecture for Young Children”. Described here are the importance of outdoor space to learning in New Zealand, presented at the event, and a campus for pupils in Scotland (United Kingdom) visited by conference participants.”

Note: the piece is comprised of 2 articles. Part 1: “New Zealand: The Importance of Outdoor Space” is adapted from an article published in Children in Europe (12.05) written by Anne Meade, Co-ordinator, Early Childhood Education Centres of Innovation, New Zealand Ministry of Education. Part 2: “United Kingdom: A Multi-Faith, Multi-Needs Campus” was contributed by Fiona Ross, Media Officer, Glasgow City Council, UK.

BIG EDUCATION PICTURE:
“Redesigning Schools, Redefining Education”
Book Excerpt by Dr. Jon Wiles
, author of twelve university textbooks and consulting educator in the areas of curriculum design and development.

“In most nations the new communication technologies are forcing institutions to adapt by altering their form and function. In business, transportation, communications, agriculture, the military, and health agencies, organizational and procedural change has been pervasive for over two decades.

Schools, by contrast, have not been an active player in such adaptation and now find themselves in an undesirable condition of growing obsolescence.

In both form and function, schools are failing to keep up with the pace of change in the 21st century.”

BIG EDUCATION PICTURE:
“The Future of Learning Manifesto”
Article by Christian Long
, author of the “think:lab” blog, President & CEO of DesignShare

“How big is my classroom? 4 walls or the horizon line?…

I need [networks]. And fast.

Don’t get sucka-punched by all the ‘flat’ earth hype. You’re excited because someone in a foreign country leaves a comment on your blog [or your phone has a camera]. Really? Really? Seriously? Sure, it’s [intriguing] to suddenly be in cahoots with someone in Tokyo and Texas at one time [or to take photos with the thing you use to call home], but I was born in the world 2.0 so I’m kinda used to it. Yeah, I get that you were born before things got interesting, but your digital immigrant accent is making it hard for me to understand you, and harder for me to remain relevant.

And I’m kind of selfish when it comes to my future vs. your past. “


WHAT’S BEING DISCUSSED ON THE DESIGNSHARE BLOG LATELY?

Here are a few of the most recent blog posts exploring various elements and questions within the school design world:

  • Does New Urbanism Bring Community Back to Schools?
  • Congratulations to the School Building Expo Team for Inspiring Passionate Conversations
  • Ready For Big Questions and Bold Interaction: KnowledgeWorks Map of the Future
  • School Designers: Are Virtual Schools the Proverbial Elephant in the Corner of the Room?
  • Design Like You Give a Damn: X-Prize for Technology Labs in Developing Nations
  • Student Contest: Redesign Your School
  • Considering Parker Palmer’s 6 Paradoxes for School Design
  • Optimism In Spite of Challenge: What Advice Would You Give to New Orleans Leaders in Rebuilding Their Schools?
  • Jeff Lackney’s School Design Research Studio Launches a Blog
  • John Sole (PBL Master Teacher) Shares Film of 4th Graders Exploring School Design
  • What Would You Ask Daniel Pink?
  • A Teachers View of Weaving Technology Into the Design of a School
  • Will You Be at the “Schools for the 21st Century” Symposium In New Orleans on March 1st?
  • No Longer Theory: Building Virtual College Classrooms in Second Life
  • What Can We Learn from “Voices from the New American Schoolhouse” Project?
  • Following Up on a Chairless School
  • Rural Colleges Seeking Urban Design Edge
  • Building Libraries on the Pillars of Web 2.0
  • Subscribe to the DesignShare blog through our RSS, RSS2, RDF, or Atom feeds. Or just visit the blog on occasion and leave a comment on a post that grabs your attention!


    REFLECTIONS from SCHOOL BUILDING EXPO

    (March 6-8, 2007, West Palm Beach, Florida)

    Thanks to the outstanding work of conference organizer Scott Goldman and the entire team that helped put together the 2nd annual Expo, here’s a glimpse of what caught our attention while we were down in Florida:

  • Dr. Catherine Burke, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Leeds, sharing over a century’s worth of ’school design’ sentiments as a backdrop for introducing the voices/designs of over 15,000 students who helped shape her book, The School I’d Like.
  • Visiting schools such as West Palm Beach’s Don Estridge High Tech Middle that suggested just how far the merger of technology and curriculum within a renovated architectural landmark can move to support learning for the future.
  • Dr. Dieter Breithecker and Jim Dyck discussing the vital power of movement and ergonomics for children in all schools, with a particular focus given to the rich tapestry found in the Montessori model.
  • Multiple teams creating visual examples of thematic learning ’studios’ based on the Leonardo da Vinci and Einstein models shared by presenter Dr. Jeff Lackney, AIA, REFP.
  • Michael Hall, AIA, LEED AP, sharing the remarkable story of Julius Rosenwald, a Sears Roebuck executive, who created a nationwide initiative/foundation to build over 5,000 schools for millions of poor African-American children in the rural South at the turn of the 1900’s.
  • Ron Bogel’s national announcement of the “Design Your School” contest for 9-12th graders sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation, Great Schools by Design, and Target.
  • A passionate and informative discussion centered on LEED for schools that was co-run by Lindsay Baker of US Green Building Council and Robert Kobet, AIA, LEED AP, Chairman of the USBGC LEED for Schools Committee.
  • Kirk Meyer, the Executive Director of the Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative, speaking about the need to carve out rich outdoor spaces for learners in urban settings.
  • Provocative and level-headed challenges alike to the traditional Ed Spec offered by Ed Kirkbride, NCARB, REFP, and David Anstrand, RA, REFP.
  • Watching AIA CAE jury chairman John Weekes share with the entire Expo audience the 2007 CAE Award winners.
  • Seeing first-hand how conference presenters and participants turned the “DesignShare Expert Bar” into a vibrant staging ground for questions and conversation long after workshops ended, modeling a new vision for conferences in the future.
  • Mark your calenders now: The 2008 School Building Expo will be held in Chicago, Aprill 10 & 11. Send all questions to Scott Goldman at sgoldman@eatonhall.com or call 800.746-9646 x102 to learn more about ways you can participate and join the conversation in next year’s “DesignShare Expert Bar” as well.


    A FEW THINGS IN THE WORKS:

    • Our next e-newsletter comes out in April.

      Amazing articles, resources, case studies, and podcasts already in draft! If you have any publication recommendations you’d like to suggest, let us know at info@designshare.com.

    • Future of School Design conversations b/w Daniel Pink and Alan November.

      Why? Because when 2 of the most compelling international thought-leaders pushing forward on the future of technology, collaboration, and education begin to ask big questions about school design, we’d be foolish to overlook their questions and ideas.

      Note: A transcript of their 3-part conversation will be published by DesignShare and November Learning in the near future.

      In the meantime, listen to the podcasts found on the November Learning blog:

    • Listen to Part 1 Summary: In this first of three episodes with Daniel Pink, best-selling author of A Whole New Mind, Alan and Dan discuss new school design, global education, assessment and 21st Century learning skills along with the major tenets of Dan’s book.
    • Listen to Part 2 Summary: In this second part of our interview, Alan and Dan continue their discussion on school design.
    • Listen to Part 3 Summary: In the last of our series between Daniel Pink and Alan November, Dan outlines the importance of intrinsic motivation and persistence. Hear Alan conclude the series with his thoughts on the importance of Dan’s book, A Whole New Mind and how essential the elements of story, symphony and empathy are to understanding 21st Century learning skills in our global economy.
    • New”Redesign Your School” Contest (of Scholarly Proportions) for 9th-12th graders.

      Building upon the “Great Schools By Design” initiatives, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and Target have joined forces to offer a remarkable opportunity for students to give voice to their ideas for how schools should be designed and built.

      10 national winners will come from 4 regions around the United States. One lucky student will win $10,000, 9 others will win $5,000 each, amongst other prizes. The 10 top winners will also be flown to an event at the National Building Museum to share their ideas. Best of all, rumor has it that AAF and Target will be inviting the students to help put their design ideas into motion after the winners are announced. This impresses us most of all!

      To learn more, go to the “Redesign Your School” website to get all of your questions answered and to register today! Note: participants must be at least 13 and the contest ends June 30th, 2007.

    • Have you read The School I’d Want: Children and Young Poeple’s Reflections on an Education for the 21st Century by Dr. Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor?

      After hearing Dr. Burke speak passionately at School Building Expo recently, we were absolutely captivated by her century-plus historical overview of school design as a background for sharing the voices of over 15,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18. As always seems to be the case, all the great ideas we adults pride ourselves with coming up with have been thoroughly discussed generations ago. History is filled with school design solutions that still appear cutting-edge today! But how about the kids’ ideas themselves?

      A re-birth of a contest originally run by the Guardian newspaper in 1967, the paper ran another version in 2001 thanks to the efforts of Dr. Burke and many others. The book collects the voices, ideas, and drawings of a remarkable range of students who were asked to imagine their ideal school. For anyone who cares about what our kids experience as the primary ‘users’ of our school buildings, this is a must read.

      A copy is on our desk today. Amazon will certainly help you order a copy of your own!

    • 8th annual Building Learning Communities conference in Boston - July, 2007.

      Want to tap into an incredible discussion between technology leaders, educators and designers from around the world? Especially if they’re focusing on transforming and designing new schools?

      Perhaps you should consider coming to Boston to join some of the leading thinkers of our day from July 16th-20th. Info, speakers, and registration here.

      DesignShare is proud to be presenting sessions on global trends in educational facility planning and the design of “School 2.0″ alongside a remarkable group of thought leaders.

      Hope to see you there!

    • Podcasts, Podcasts, Podcasts: Let the Conversations Begin!

      Starting in April, DesignShare will be working with UK-based MediaSnackers to release a series of podcast conversations with international experts in the fields of school design, technology, education, brain science, community planning, policy, new media, and much, much more.

      These 5-15 minute conversations will offer passionate advocates focused on “designing for the future of learning” the opportunity to voice the big questions grabbing their attention today and tomorrow. And offer a few road maps, ideas, and resources for the rest of us. Best of all, each podcast will be available at DesignShare and through iTunes. Listen to one or subscribe to the entire collection!

      If you have any recommendations for leaders you’d like to hear from, let us know at info@designshare.com

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    • Kids, Teachers and School Designers Doing Great Hands-On Work!

      Thanks to the great work and advocacy by Guerrilla Educators, Project-based Learning (PBL) is taken to a whole new level when architects work with kids over a multi-week process exploring the possibilities of designing great schools and great curriculum.

      We’d like to offer one video that shows on a simple level just how far kids and adult mentors can go when they ask the right questions. If you can’t see the video player below (due to your server or media player, go to this link to be able to watch the Google Video itself:

       

      Want to consider a PBL workshop that focuses on merging curriculum and school design, or learn more about other PBL videos and projects overseen by Guerrilla Educators?

      Contact DesignShare at info@designshare.com or John Sole at tcherjohn@aol.com.


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    SCHOOL BUILDING EXPO:

    The School Building Expo is the industry event for people responsible for the construction and renovation of K-12 and Higher Education school facilities. The 2007 Expo took place from March 6-8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Next year’s Expo will take place in April, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Along with showcasing the first-ever “DesignShare Expert Bar”, the Expo is a showcase of everything needed to create both the building envelope and the unique interior needs of schools and universities. From walls and floors to security and comfort systems, School Building Expo is the one place to see everything it takes to build a successful school facility.

    The conference is a world-class program offering practical learning, the chance to exchange best practices, and earn up to 16 AIA-approved CEU learning units for architects to meet continuing education requirements. Expo features leading architects and school speakers, keynotes, workshops, and school tours. The focus is on practical, how-to information you can use on the projects you’re working on now.

    At this year’s event, the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture in Education held its Spring meeting at the School Building Expo. AIA CAE also announced the winners of their annual architecture awards at School Building Expo.

    For more information about participating as a sponsor, speaker, vendor, or participant in 2008, contact School Building Expo President Scott Goldman at 800.746.9646 x102, email him at sgoldman@eatonhall.com or review the 2007 event at the official conference web site.


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    In addition to hosting and participating in a wide array of international youth, technology, and education conferences, the MediaSnackers group hosts a widely subscribed report/blog, podcasts, and vodcasts that explore the new youth-created media projects around the world. The team grew out of UK-based Phatgnat, a consulting/research firm well-known for an exclusive annual research project exploring the motivating factors behind young peoples purchasing decisions and if a brand’s community activities has an influence on the youth demographic.

    MediaSnacker works with the BBC and a host of UK/European organizations passionate about emerging trends in the youth sector. Contact DK to inquire about opportunities to tap into the MediaSnackers network.


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