DesignShare E-Newsletter, June 2012

Furnishings and Student Involvement

The June issue of our e-newsletter features a detailed article written by members of a Wisconsin public school district that transformed their learning spaces primarily using a wide variety of mobile furnishings. Their experiences can serve as an inspiration to schools that want to develop 21st century learning spaces and involve their students in the process.

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A Variety of Voices:

Innovative Learning Spaces Transform the Hartland-Lakeside School District


Submitted by Therese Jilek
Director of Instruction and Technology, Hartland-Lakeside School District, Wisconsin

As the school year begins, most classrooms will have rows of passive children sitting quietly listening to a teacher in the front of the class, but not at Hartland-Lakeside. New, unique spaces allow children flexibility to move, collaborate, and express themselves in creative ways. Across the district, teachers, students and administrators have transformed their Industrial Age classrooms into innovative, state-of-the-art learning spaces We want to share our process to inspire other districts to do the same!

How did we go from typical classrooms to innovative spaces?
Find out here!

Maker Faire Makes Project-based Learning Fun!


Providing Places for Experimentation Turns Students Into Makers

"All of us can learn more by making more, whether we're kids or adults."
Michelle Hlubinka, Education Director, Make and Maker Faire

The Maker Faire is an annual, weekend-long event that celebrates invention and the do-it-yourself mindset. Exhibits run the gamut from talking robots to earthquake-proof popsicle homes. Passionate maker Michelle Hlubinka discusses the importance of such events and how, in the face of schools shutting down places for making, there’s a need to rekindle the creative spirit in children around the U.S. and beyond.

Thanks to you can check out the video here.

Design for Change Is Hosting the First Be The Change Conference


In the last three years, our children have shown us the power of I CAN and DESIGN THINKING that is transcending all the boundaries of region, culture and language.

To take this spirit forward and unite these young change leaders under one roof, Design For Change will host the very first Be The Change Conference on September 29th-30th , 2012 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India as a call to action to reimagine Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as 'Be The Change Day'.

Details here.



Wednesday, June 13 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Educational facilities design and development research leaders share extensive research and insight into how space and furniture can accommodate the shift in modern teaching and learning methodologies. They’ll discuss best practices for the design of effective learning environments. You’ll learn how to support changing teaching and learning methodologies with furniture and the built environment and understand best practice design patterns for the 21st century school. This session covers the research from the four year Task Furniture in Education (TFE) project in Dublin and the practice of the 5D process: discover, define, design, develop and deploy. Become empowered with the keys to revolutionize learning environments and teaching experiences through space, furniture and educational tools for this century.

Jennifer Lamar is a senior interior design consultant with Fielding Nair International in Tampa, Florida. · Kelli Ogboke is a senior design researcher for Fielding Nair International in Dublin, Ireland

Register here.

Projects from Fielding Nair International: Outstanding Architectural Design for Schools


The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) was launched by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2009 upon the initiative of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. This annual event is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE also seeks to raise the status of education through a growing number of year-round programs. WISE aims to transform education by highlighting its leading role in global development, and by fostering innovative thinking and practices.

In this article, we take a look at FNI’s learning places that meet the needs of the environment, local communities and students with special needs. Read about their impressive spaces that prepare students for the world of business and nurture the arts. Find out how FNI deals with renovating schools in a difficult economy and designing facilities to meet 21st-century educational needs.

Look at the projects here.

CEFPI: 2013 School of the Future Design Competition


Register Your School Now

School Building Week's School of the Future Design Competition offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the planning and design process. The annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges student teams to design their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

Learn more here.

Watch a video about the competition here.

Collective Wisdom from Innovative Schools: A Review by Randall Fielding


The new book “Collective Wisdom from Innovative Schools,” edited by Sean Tierney, represents the best practices culled from a collaboration between 187 schools in 70 countries, sponsored by the the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network. Inspiring content ranging from Sir Ken Robinson on the art of teaching and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on optimal learning states is juxtaposed with dozens of practical systems and case studies from successful schools around the world.

More of the review here.

Buy the book here.



Wiley has recently published four books for architects and designers of K-12 schools. All written by experts on the design of schools, together, these four books comprise the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on school design. Please visit to learn more about our books on the architectural design of schools.


Fielding Nair International designs school facilities for today and tomorrow with one primary goal in mind — to improve learning. With consultations in 42 countries on 5 continents, dozens of important publications, and numerous industry awards for excellence, FNI is the global leader for innovative school architecture. Underlying all the architectural design, planning and educational change management work they do is a strong belief in diversity, high performance, technology infusion, global connections and personalization. Web:


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