Outcomes and 21st Century Learning Spaces

This issue of our newsletter concerns outcomes and innovative learning spaces. It features two articles and videos about the high graduation rate at Cristo Rey, a professional track school, and an interview with FNI’s Prakash Nair about developing all types of learners. We hope you’ll encounter some good nuggets of helpful and thought-provoking information.

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FNI’s Innovative Cristo Rey High School in the News:

Prakash Nair

Agora, Cristo Rey High School, Minneapolis, MN

Kare-11 News: Minneapolis high school prepares kids for college and life: “Cristo Rey’s approach to learning is showing signs of success. 100 percent of Cristo Rey’s seniors will graduate this year and attend either college or some other post-secondary institution. Statewide, according to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, about 70 percent of Minnesota high school graduates enroll in a post secondary institution after graduation.” See the story and video here: Link

WCCO News: Cristo Rey Jesuit, The 1st Of Its Kind: “This week in Finding Minnesota, a profile of a high school that is the first of its kind in the state. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis has a graduating class that is the envy of many. The building itself stands out. On the outside — modern and bright. On the inside — open and sophisticated. But it’s the accomplishments of the 61 students who make up the first graduating class, that is turning heads.” See the story and video here: Link

Prakash Nair Interview in The Hindu

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Sinamas World Academy, Indonesia

From The Hindu, June 1, 2011: Architect and school design consultant Prakash Nair talks to Nita Sathyendran about the importance of designing 21st century schools that cater to the overall development of students.
View the article here: Link

Design for Change Video


DESIGN FOR CHANGE is a global movement designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. Their student challenge – to solve design problems around the world. Become involved in this exciting initiative!

With its inspirational roots at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad in India, the global movement has inspired hundreds of thousands of children, their teachers and parents, to celebrate the fact that they matter, that change is possible and that they can lead and inspire that change. Link to more information. Video intro Here.

Hawaii Prep First K-12 School to Recieve LBC Certification


The Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s new Energy Laboratory, an academic science building located on Hawaii’s Big Island, is the first K-12 school facility to receive ‘Living Building Challenge’ certification.  Widely recognized as the world’s most strict sustainable building rating system, the facility is the third building ever to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. Completed in January of 2010, an extensive audit administered a requisite year after occupancy has verified that the Energy Lab meets all of the Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Version 1.3. Link to Article: Link

FNI Design Patterns Workshop Video


In this new video, Randall Fielding leads a workshop used in the early stages of the Master Planning Process. It allows the school community to explore and present design ideas for their new future campus, using FNI’s Design Patterns, a visual language that bridges the distance between participants and the architectural team. View it here: Link

Can Better Designed Classroom Furniture Help Students Who Can’t Sit Still?

GOOD | JULY 8, 2011, LIZ DWYER, Education Editor


A Dutch architecture firm, i29, has designed a new furniture system that enables kinesthetic learners to focus better in a learning space. The system is lightweight, so the students can form flexible configurations before each lesson, encouraging multiple learning modalities and complex spatial concepts.
Read the article here: Link



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