How can schools and classrooms be physically designed to support learning? In recent decades research from the learning sciences has led to fundamental shifts in conceptions of learning. However, many small renovations and large school building projects continue to be planned using outdated models of learning. This pre-conference workshop will share four research-based shifts in conceptions of learning and illustrative examples of classrooms and schools that are designed to support these shifts.
Participants will get hands-on experiences with tools and processes developed from a decade of work at Harvard’s Learning Environment for Tomorrow Institute, used to evaluate and guide effective design for learning. The goal of this talk will be to equip school leaders, educators and designers to better lead physical changes in their school that aligns with learning science research.