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Children at the Center of the Dining Experience

  “We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole.” – Richard Louv, journalist and author Our childhood memories of eating in school cafeterias and classrooms tend to leave a lasting influence

Makerspaces: Forever On Trend

  By Nichol Lancaster Makerspaces made their debut around 2005, but the concept has been around for many years. In the late 1800s, women would collaborate while making quilts, knitting, and sewing and study each other’s techniques and discuss books they had read while making the quilts. It can also be found when Wilbur and

5 Must-Haves in a Library, Media Center, or Learning Commons

  The library is the space I have seen change the most in the past 30 years. Gone are the days of tall, dark library shelving stuffed with volumes of books, study carrels, heavy wood tables and chairs. Instead, the library is a space embracing technology, a center hub of explorative learning within the school,

Furniture Configurations that Foster Student Interaction

  With the start of a new school year, it can be overwhelming for teachers as they prepare to return to the classroom. Between lesson planning, memorizing student names, class organization, and supplies checklist, the last thing on their mind might be how the classroom is arranged — as long as they have desks and

Six Tips to Make Your Auditorium a Multipurpose Success

  By Nina Parmenter Having worked with schools worldwide for 50 years, we understand the importance of spaces where people gather. These spaces lie at the very heart of a school’s character. It’s where success is celebrated, students are inspired and experiences are shared. The more functions a space can serve, the more value it

5 Design Features That Innovative Schools Utilize

  Much like all industries in which innovation is highly prized, education relies on the principle of constant growth and adaptation. This is true for the student’s knowledge and understanding of the world, the ways in which instructors teach, and even in the evolution of educational programs themselves. As an essential component of the learning

The Best of Science Lab Design

  Creating a Learning Space that Inspires By Gigi Devanney, M.A. There may be no other subject that demands more of the facilities in which it is taught than science.  Whether you are teaching advanced biology, anatomy & physiology, introductory chemistry. AP physics or earth and environmental science, having access to an appropriate space can

The Making of a Modern School Cafeteria

  By Kern Halls A school cafeteria is a staple of every school. It’s where every student congregates, eats, and socializes. Friendships are made here, and it’s symbolic of every school. It’s also covered in almost every movie that is centered around schools. Yet, one common element is that many school cafeterias look the same

Why School Computer Labs Still Matter

  In response to a rising number of students with personal laptops, educators and administrators are questioning the need for computer labs. However, while access to technology is changing their function, computer labs remain relevant in today’s schools for a number of reasons. For starters, computer labs create inclusive, structured learning environments where students can

Questions to Consider When Redesigning Your School Library

  By Joe S. Agati Designing a library for students is no simple task. Whether you’re just updating furniture or doing a full redesign, here are five questions that will help you clarify the direction for your unique space. Who are you designing your space for? Students, yes. But let’s go deeper than that. What
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