DesignShare - Designing for the Future of Learning JUNE 2009 E-NEWSLETTER

Letter from the Editor

Dear DesignShare Readers,

You know how you sometimes hear of a book that you know you should read and you put it on your mental “to read” list, and then months, sometimes years, pass by before someone mentions the book again? For me, one of those books was Alfie Kohn’s “The Schools Our Children Deserve.” I finally picked up a copy this month and could hardly put it down. And just in time for summer, when my reading list doubles or triples.

As the season makes itself more and more evident with seemingly endless road construction and savvy lemonade salesmen and women, it’s a time to reflect on the past year of academic successes and failures. Summer vacation is most students’ and teachers’ favorite part of the year, and by looking at a typical curriculum past about second grade, it’s no surprise why. Summer is a time of investigating, creating, hiding & seeking, gaining independence and playing. Simply put, summer is fun! Take a look at this month’s enewsletter issue for reminders of how to bring that kind of fun back into education and school design.


Clare Vogel, Editor

On Tap

Visionary Global Movement Transforms Lives of Children Through Music
Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu made his TED Prize wish to bring the world-acclaimed El Sistema program of youth music education to the United States. El Sistema teaches music to 300,000 of Venezuela’s poorest children, demonstrating the power of ensemble music to dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s youth while transforming the communities around them. El Sistema USA is a support and advocacy network for people and organizations inspired by Venezula’s monumental music education program. Read more and watch a performance here...

Music To Their Ears
Check out these kids’ expressions! Have you ever seen kids so enthused about what they were doing? Of course you have, but in school?! Listen to music ring through the halls at PS22 here..

EcoPlay Playgrounds… from start to finish
So long to woodchips and metal monkey bars… hello to milk jug “logs” and slides made of tennis shoes! See what some lucky kids think is all the rage, here..

One Corner of the World

Case Study: Interactive European School in Athens, Greece
Situated on a mountain slope outside the suburb of Varkiza, this innovative design creates a highly stimulating environment, which facilitates the learning practices adopted by the educators and engages and inspires pupils to develop their personalities and talents. Read on...


CEFPI Efforts Pay Off: House Approves Green High Performing Public Schools Facilities Act
Read the full press release...

Stimulus Package Gives Boost to School Technology
Read the full article...
Pots of Education Stimulus Cash May be Found in Unlikely Spots
Read the full article...

DesignShare’s Bookshelf

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards”
by Alfie Kohn
A persuasive argument for rethinking everything you ever thought about education. Read a full review on DesignShare...
The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” Review

Event Calendar

2009 School Building Expo (Pittsburgh)
June 2 - 4, 2009
If you're planning new schools, designing a new school, or renovating a school... If you're an architect designing schools and colleges, if you're a campus planner, a university architect, or you're an educational facilities planner... If you're building new schools, if you're building a college building, if you're building a university campus... If you're a member of AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, if you're an educational facilities planner or your direct capital projects for a school or college, if you're in school construction or college construction... If you're a member of CEFPI and interested in educational facilities planning... If you want to know more about Green Schools, solar power in schools, or LEED for Schools, then School Building Expo is for you.

September 27 - 29, 2009
6-Degrees of Connection

International Conference on Sustainable School Buildings (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
October 1-2, 2009

VIII International Congress on the Development of Educational Spaces (Mexico)
November 2009
Contact: Carlos Bocanegra:

Safer Schools, Safer Communities: Ensuring Safe and Secure Learning Environments for Children and Young People (UK)
January 18-19, 2010

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