Blueprint For Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools For Student-Centered Learning

Blueprint For Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools For Student-Centered Learning

  • Publish Date: 2014-10-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Prakash Nair
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The United States has about $2 trillion tied up in aging school facilities. School districts throughout the country spend about $12 billion every year keeping this infrastructure going. Yet almost all of the new money we pour into school facilities reinforces an existingand obsoletemodel of schooling.

In Blueprint for Tomorrow, Prakash Nairone of the worlds leading school designersexplores the hidden messages that our school facilities and classrooms convey and advocates for the alignment of the design of places in which we teach and learn with twenty-first-century learning goals.

Blueprint for Tomorrow provides simple, affordable, and versatile ideas for adapting or redesigning school spaces to support student-centered learning. In particular, the author focuses on ways to use current spending to modify existing spaces, and explains which kinds of adaptations offer the biggest return in terms of student learning. The book is organized by areafrom classrooms to cafeteriasand is richly illustrated throughout, including before and after features, smart idea sidebars, and do now suggestions for practical first steps. It outlines key principles for designing spaces that support todays learning needs and includes tools to help educators evaluate the educational effectiveness of their own spaces.

Blueprint for Tomorrow will open educators eyes to the ways that architecture and learning are entwined and will challenge them to rethink the ways they teach and work together.

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