Record investments will be spent in the next few years on the expansion, renovation, and construction of our nation’s schools. Now is the time to leverage this massive public investment to create a new model for school design that supports better outcomes for educators and learners.
More than 59 million students, teachers, and education employees spend their days in our public schools.
Instead of trapping our teachers and students in classrooms built for the 1950s, we need to leverage the massive investment in design and construction to create a new model for 2050.
Nearly $50 billion dollars will be spent in the next few years on the expansion, renovation, and construction of our nation’s schools.
But all too often, the design of these new facilities are still replicating perfect models for 20th century schools and schools are still being built to accommodate learning styles and careers of the past. New strategies for learning are being handicapped and undermined by learning environments that often ignore the advances of the past decades.
There are 120,000 existing K-12 public school buildings in America that were designed for a different time, different teaching styles, different purposes, a different world.
The good news is that these 20th century buildings can be successfully and economically transformed into next generation schools.
“Educational space needs to enable 21st century learning rather than forcing it into 20th century space.”
– Karen Perry, Henry County Schools, Georgia
Phase 1 of Reimagine America’s Schools will demonstrate how physical learning environments can support innovative educators to positively impact a student’s education, leading to improved learning outcomes.
In early 2019, Reimagine America’s Schools will select six school districts from across the country to participate in the first phase of the program. A design strategy will be developed with each district, and the districts will then be paired with teams of top architecture, design, and technology experts so that they may reimagine their schools.
community-based design charrettes
FEB - july 2019
The Reimagine leadership team will work with each district to schedule a series of design engagements in their community. Through design charrettes, interactive design thinking exercises, and technical assistance, educators and students from the six selected school districts will work in collaboration with technology experts and design professionals to create a new model for their learning environments.
A national convening later in 2019 will serve as the capstone event to share the best and brightest ideas produced to date and launch a national conversation about innovative learning environments for the 21st century.
Together, we can turn this into a full-scale national movement of students, educators, and parents standing together for change. When experts from curriculum, design, and technology collaborate to advance new ways of thinking about where and how we learn, they create a dynamic and powerful force. Will you join us?
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