October 2, 2005
The sixth international
DesignShare Awards program challenges world standards and offers models
for more learner-centered, cost-efficient, and sustainable learning environments.
Co-sponsored by School Construction News and the C/S Group, this assemblage
of 42 projects is not a fashion show, but is part of a comprehensive database
of more than 300 best practice case studies, and includes educator narratives,
planning process summaries, construction data, photographs, floor and
site plans. Ranging from early childhood to the university campus—the
common ground is that each of the featured projects challenges current
standards and shows us a more effective solution.
In this Issue
Design Awards 2005
Designing and Operating Successful Community Learning Centers
by Dr. Wayne Jennings
The Community Learning Centers plan provides a systemically changed model for the 21st century. This top-to-bottom transformation of current education addresses all aspects of schools with a detailed framework to guide serious educational reformers. This fresh approach to principles of learning, curriculum, staffing, facilities, student as resource, parent roles, technology, staff development and more makes it possible to accomplish for all students the three major goals of education: responsible citizenship, productive work and lifelong learning. Generated by a large grant and based on sound research, the Community Learning Centers program gives courageous school and community leaders the background and practical information to create high performance schools.
Read "Community Learning Centers" by Dr. Wayne Jennings
Educating Educators to Optimize their School Facility for Teaching and Learning
by Jeff Lackney PhD AIA
Educational Commissioning™ is a new concept in school planning that refers to a process through which teachers, students and even parents and community partners are educated as to the design intent of a newly constructed school facility. The objective of Educational Commissioning is to provide all occupants with the necessary knowledge to use the school facility as optimally as possible for teaching and learning.
Read "Educational Commissioning" by Jeff Lackney PhD AIA
DesignShare World Forum, Barcelona
The First Designshare World Forum in Barcelona, Spain was held between June 22nd and June 25th, 2005. Forum resources are available online to the public:
The Language of School Design
by Prakash Nair and Randall Fielding
The Language of School design is a seminal work because it defines a new graphic vocabulary that synthesizes learning research with best practice in school planning and design. But it is more than a book about ideas. It is also a practical tool and a must-have resource for all school stakeholders involved in planning, designing and constructing new and renovated schools and evaluating the educational adequacy of existing school facilities.
This Newsletter is Sponsored by:
The C/S Group
Construction Specialties, Inc. (C/S GROUP) is committed to design innovation and the improvement of educational environments. C/S manufactures impact-resistant wall covering and wall protection products, entrance-flooring systems, expansion joint covers and daylight management products for schools. With more than 70 registered patents, C/S is skilled in listening to architects and developing innovative new products to meet their projects’ specific requirements. A complete Design Manual is available at (888) 621-3344. You may also download product drawings directly from the C/S Web site at:
DesignShare: the International Forum for Innovative Schools
Randall Fielding, AIA, founder and editorial director
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