The Garden: A Space of Caring

  1. Research continues to show that small changes to the learning environment can have a big impact on lowering stress for students and teachers while promoting things like joy, wonder, and creativity.
  2. Planning has already started for the new school year. This includes master schedules, budgets, and changes in instructional models. Waiting another year to make space a priority will further distance the power of syncing learning spaces with instructional practices and the overall mission of the school.
  3. We can’t let the significant get lost in the urgent. Though much of our energy has been consumed by the redesign of school for the pandemic, we know that intentional design of spaces has a huge impact on the culture and energy within a school. How we design every space speaks with clarity about whether our words about who we are as a school are supported by our actions.
  1. Strategic removal of items in the school. This can include things that are broken, old or incongruent with the mission.
  2. Small additions that have an impact on culture and learning while have small to no impact on budget.
  3. Strategic purchases that begin the long-term prioritization of space design throughout the school building. These purchases begin the momentum for larger, consistent changes in the effort to modernize and optimize the entire building.

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Learner, Leader, Dreamer, Pursuer of Happiness, Arsenal Fan, Dad, Author of @spacethebook, Director of Innovative Learning, Supporter of @learningSTL

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