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What's in Your Space?

5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design

How should learning spaces change to allow for learning styles, global skills, and technology? Discover design principles for both “thinking” and “learning” spaces in the 21st Century.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506323077
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication date: February 29, 2016

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Transformed learning spaces begin with transformed thought

For two decades, educators have been told to incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. This requires changing our thinking spaces and our physical spaces. How can or should they change to keep pace with and reflect 21st Century teaching models?

In What’s in Your Space?, the group behind one of America’s most recognized school redesign projects walks you through the process of designing both “thinking” and “learning” spaces to accommodate today’s rigorous learning models. Throughout this book, educators will

  • Reflect upon their craft and role in 21st Century education
  • Understand the nuances of teaching Generation Z
  • Discover design principles to help establish tech-embedded learning environments
  • Collaborate with other educators to craft a scalable plan for redesigning learning spaces

As we shift our thinking, it follows that the spaces in which we work and learn will also be transformed. Discover how to do it well.

“We, as educators, can’t shift fast enough to keep up with the needs of today’s learners, but this book is a great leap in the right direction of doing so!”
Brooke Menduni, Assistant Principal
Dublin City Schools

“There is something so unique about the framework/approach/lens of the actual physical change, so closely associated with the philosophical and pedagogical changes that can make this transformation real.”
Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union

Key features

This book provides new insights into teaching the next generation of learners and designing learning spaces to fit their needs.

Educators will learn:

· How to design a world class learning experience for Generation Z
· Design principles for learning environments on any scale - from classrooms to entire buildings

· Professional development practices for continued learning in the 21st Century
· The views and mindsets of 21st Century teachers
· How to create their own step-by-step plan for learning space redesign

· How to integrate technology throughout every learning space



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Dwight L. Carter

Dwight Carter is a nationally recognized school leader from Central OH. Because of his collaborative and innovative leadership, in 2010, he was inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Educator Hall of Fame. He was also named a 2013 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the 2014 Academy of Arts and Science Education High School Principal of the Year, and the 2015 Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School, New Albany High School and has been a leadership coach and consultant. Mr. Carter has frequently been a guest speaker in schools, universities, and at local, state, and national conferences that deal with Generations Z and Alpha, technology integration, staff development, school culture, and other 21st Century education topics. He has authored numerous blogs and has written on behalf of NASSP. He has also been a high school social studies teacher, a high school assistant principal, and a middle school principal during his twenty-seven career. He is currently an Assistant Director at Eastland Career Center in Groveport, OH.

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Gary Sebach

Gary Sebach is a LEED accredited professional architect currently serving as the Director of Architecture at OHM Advisors, an architecture, engineering, and planning firm located in Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee. Gary has led multi-disciplinary teams through designing all types of facilities, yet his ability to create dynamic and progressive educational facilities and corporate campuses has defined his 30-year career. His experience includes working with Fortune 500 giants including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, and BMW Financial Services, as well as working with school districts throughout Ohio. A firm advocate of 21st Century Education trends, Gary’s designs foster creativity and collaboration while supporting the variety of learning and working styles of students. He recently presented ‘21st Century Education Through the Lens of an Architect’ at the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) annual conference and was a featured speaker at the 2013 American Planning Association Ohio Chapter presentation ‘From Pavement to Partnership: The Clark Hall Story’.
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Mark White

Mark White is a school leadership and training consultant. Previously, he was the director of education and outreach at Mindset Digital and academic principal in the International Department of the Beijing National Day School in Beijing, China. As the superintendent of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in Gahanna, Ohio, he played a key role in the design of Clark Hall and the implementation of global skills and technology into its curriculum. During his tenure as superintendent, the district earned the state's highest academic ranking, opened Clark Hall, and achieved financial stability. Mr. White has been a consultant to both the College Board and the ACT and has served on two national education reform committees. He has frequently been a guest speaker at schools and universities and at local, state, and national conferences. Prior to being a superintendent, Mr. White was a band director, high school English teacher and department head, high school assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Parable of the Sage and the Two Spaces

Step 1: Understand Generation Z

The Importance of Cell Phones

Connected Through Social Media

The Influence of Gaming

Working in Small Groups

It's All About the Internet

Memorization and Motivation

The Importance of Relationships

Begin Taking Steps - Now!

Professional Development Ideas to Understand Generation Z

Step 2: Start Asking Questions

Our Beginning

Our Shift

Listening to Others

Clear Talking Points

A New Design Process for a New Type of Building

Chairs Are for Thinking, Not Just Sitting

Desks Can Be Tools for Collaboration

Carpet Diem

Creativity is Contagious

Different Skills, Different Spaces

The Importance of Technology

Fostering Student Buy-In

A New Type of Building, a New Funding Formula... and New Challenges

The Importance of Selecting and Training Staff

Understanding That Educators Evolve at Different Speeds

Sometimes People Need to See New Ideas to Understand Them

Remaining True to Our Core Value

An Example of Teaching in a Z Space Like Clark Hall

It's the Teaching and the Relationships, Not Just the Space

Clark Hall Today

Two Essential Questions to Begin the Design of Your Z Space

Step 3: Shift to a 21st Century Mindset

We Must View Space Redesign as a K-12 Process

We Must Understand That Space Redesign Can Be Done on a Large Scale or a Small Scale

We Must Find Ways to Make This Shift Even When Budgets Are Tight

We Must Build a Culture of Trust in Our Schools

We Must Recognize That a Learning Space Can Enhance 21st Century Learning

We Should Make the Space Redesign a Group Effort

We Must Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

We Should Study What Researchers Are Saying About 21st Century Learning

We Should Gather Ideas From New Sources

We Should Embrace Social Media

We Should Form Clear Objectives for How We Want to Use the Space and Communicate Those Objectives to Our Staff and Community

We Should Consider the Finishing Touches First

We Must Acknowledge That the Learning Space Is Only as Good as the Teaching That Takes Place In It

We Must Embrace the Idea That the Teacher in a 21st Century Learning Space Will Be a Facilitator, Not the Disseminator of Information

Professional Development Activities to Shift Thinking to a 21st Century Mindset

Step 4: Teach Global Skills

Standardized Testing and Global Skills

The Common Core State Standards

Other Sources for Global Skills

Graduate Profiles

Three Stages of Development

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Graduate Profile

Breaking Down a Graduate Profile Into Segments

Global Skills at River Bluff High School

Media Center Redesigns

Z Spaces at the Elementary Level

Individual Teacher or Small Team Skill Lists

Professional Development Ideas to Teach Global Skills

Step 5: Let Students Use Technology

We Need Technology

We Must Learn From Our Past

We Must Envision How Technology and Space Can Enhance Learning

We Must Model With Our Teachers What We Expect to See In Our Classroom

Our Network Must Be So Strong and Well Maintained That It Rarely Crashes

Our Technology Budget Must Be Robust

We Must Teach Students to Use the Internet Ethically

We Must Discuss the Role of Technology in Teacher Assessments

We Must Realize This Is a Career-Long Initiative

We Must Turn to the True Experts: Our Students

Professional Development Activities to Help Students Use Technology



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