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ERIC Number: ED470977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
The Future of School Facilities: Getting ahead of the Curve.
DeArmond, Michael; Taggart, Sara; Hill, Paul
This paper asserts that instead of assuming that the future of learning has to take place in buildings we happen to have now, districts can let innovations in instruction and learning drive how they provide, design, and use school buildings. With this goal in mind, the paper looks at five trends in education and what they imply about the kinds of buildings and spaces districts will need for tomorrow's schools. The five trends are: (1) pressure on schools to perform for all students, not just those who learn best in traditional settings; (2) demands for the personalization of learning, so that every child has a chance to learn and families have choices; (3) new technologies that will change how teachers teach and students learn; (4) periodic shortages of teachers (and school leaders) linked to swings in the economy; and (5) shifts in student population and residency patterns that will affect not only the demand for schools, but also the demands on schools. This paper has three parts. Part I outlines the five trends and what they might mean for schools; Part II offers six criteria, based on the trends, that can be used to guide district decisions about facilities; Part III, in an effort to further clarify these points, describes two districts that are using innovative approaches to get ahead of the curve when it comes to school facilities. The paper ends with a brief conclusion. (Contains 27 references.) (EV)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Research also funded by Innovation Partnership.