21st Century Learning Environments Discussed at November 13 Board Meeting
As part of the facilities planning process, the Board of Education furthered their efforts to understand what other districts are doing to incorporate changes in the way instruction is delivered into their faciity plans. The term "21st Century Learning" has been used to describe modern instruction. The Board wanted to understand exactly what that means and how it relates to planning facilities that will serve the District's needs well into the future. On Wednesday, November 13, a special Board meeting included a presentation on 21st Century Learning Environments. Eppstein Uhen Architects' (EUA) K-12 Senior Market Leader, Eric Dufek, shared his experience and understanding of the impact of personalized learning and the changing models of instructional delivery on school design; impact of school furnishings to support dynamic learning environments; and how schools maximize opportunity through cost effective, creative designs that support student achievement.
Following the 21st Century Learning presentation on November 13, the Board talked about facility priorities and began the discussion from a "big idea" perspective on potential solutions that merit further research. EUA and Miron Construction were present to provide some wide-ranging options that would address the Board priorities. Once EUA and Miron have explored a broad scope of options and their related costs, the Board will be in a position to begin engaging community members in meaningful discussions. The District will host a community workshop in early February to discuss facility priorities and options for consideration in the long-range planning process. The Board of Education members reinforced their commitment to community involvement, transparency, fiscal responsibility, and finding facilities solutions that support learning and are supported by the community.
Visit the Facilities Planning page of the district website for more information on the Board's campus-wide facility planning process.