ECO Friendly Design

The research imperative!

After a research trip that took in Stanford University, Florida’s Flagler County Public Schools decided they needed to shake up their learning environments. Joey DiPuma tells us how.

“Close your eyes… Now imagine a learning environment that has been doused with technology, flexible, attractive learning solutions, bright colors, soft seating, standing desks, writable surfaces, shared screens, team-tailored curriculum and a superabundance of maker materials. Now open your eyes. Welcome to Clutch at Buddy Taylor Middle School. After years of planning, Clutch has finally infiltrated Flagler Schools, bringing with it the resilience and freedom needed to encourage students to learn how they feel and to do it collaboratively. Not only does Clutch look great, it’s adaptable, inspirational and productive – three very important qualities necessary for higher-order thinking and student achievement.  But ask yourself, does a space like this, designed to cultivate greatness and bring forth ambition, apply only to students? Of course not. Clutch, similar to our other learning environments, is also used for district ProDev. The roles of teachers and students are changing, and so are their relationships. We need to motivate our faculty and staff and we need to ensure health and well being are present when opening new learning spaces. Can breaking tradition do this? We think so. What do you think?”

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