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DesignShare Educational Facility Planning News 
October 2, 2005

DesignShare and SCN Awards 2005
Challenging world standards with more effective models

Honor Award
Zhangde Primary School

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.
View the Awards
Read the Commentary by Randall Fielding


In this Issue

1. Design Awards 2005
2. Community Learning Centers
- by Dr. Wayne Jennings
3. Educational Commissioning
- by Jeff Lackney PhD AIA
4. DesignShare World Forum:
- Presentations and Program
5. The Language of School Design
by Prakash Nair and Randall Fielding
6. Sponsors:
- C/S Group
7. Become a Sponsor

Design Awards 2005

Designing and Operating Successful Community Learning Centers
by Dr. Wayne Jennings
Community Learning CentersThe 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

Educational Commissioning
Educating Educators to Optimize their School Facility for Teaching and Learning
by Jeff Lackney PhD AIA
Educational Commissioning
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, BarcelonaDesignShare World Forum, Barcelona
Online Resources
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:
  • Presentations: in PowerPoint format.
  • Program: the Forum featured a wide and varied program with participants from K-12 and higher education sectors, education facilities, business interests, and various other education stakeholder communities, representing sixteen countries.

The Language of School Design
by Prakash Nair and Randall FieldingThe Language of School Design

Purchase now - Search inside the book

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
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:

Become a Sponsor
If you want to get word out to the school planning and design community, there is no better venue to do that than DesignShare, the # 1 address worldwide for school facilities. Today, DesignShare gets more than 640,000 hits and 60,000 visits each month. Traffic and membership continue to grow. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Randall Fielding:

DesignShare: the International Forum for Innovative Schools
Randall Fielding, AIA, founder and editorial director

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