FNI and Library Redesign in Boulder

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November 21, 2015: Boulder Valley is using bond money to re-imagine its libraries. The district contracted with Fielding Nair International, a Minneapolis-based architectural firm, to work with schools this fall on innovative design as they plan for construction projects. The firm earlier this fall held two days of interviews, workshops and tours at each of… Read more »

Transforming the classroom

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AMIT’s new Gogya Center trains teachers for today’s digital students. Jerusalem Post Magazine, October 2015: If you look up the word “teacher” in any dictionary, the general definition suits the concept that people have held of an educator for centuries. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a teacher as a person or thing that teaches something; the… Read more »

Parents, neighbors share feedback for BVSD’s first school in Erie

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By Amy Bounds  Parents and community members had their first opportunity Thursday night to hear about the vision for the Boulder Valley School District’s new pre-K-8 school in Erie, sharing what they like and what they still want to know. “Our commitment is to create a learning environment to prepare students for the future,” said… Read more »

Boulder Valley updating schools with innovation in mind

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Designing buildings with education as prime driver   Boulder Valley schools are getting an innovation makeover. The school district contracted with Minneapolis-based architectural firm Fielding Nair International, which is working with schools this fall as they start working with architects and their communities to design construction projects. The projects will be paid for through the… Read more »

From Israel National News

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Watch: A Peek Into the Classrooms of the Future Could classrooms change beyond the traditional model of teacher-facing-classroom? Arutz Sheva investigates. On the eve of the Israeli school year beginning, Arutz Sheva visited the Gogya Center of the AMIT network schools in Ra’anana. Gogya is a formalized program instituted to train all of AMIT’s teachers on how to adopt… Read more »

Future of schooling in UAE to break from the traditional

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Schools of the future are going to be student directed, which means that students are basically taking charge of their own learning,” said architect Prakash Nair, president of Fielding Nair International. “Teaching is no longer about content, it’s about skills. And you don’t practise skills by listening to somebody talk to you, it’s more about… Read more »

The Attention Myth: Why Paying Attention in Class is Overrated

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Prakash Nair , Founding President, Fielding Nair International Edutopia, Posted 05/08/2015 Prakash Nair questions the way our education system emphasizes the need for students to pay constant attention to a teacher: “Are we in crisis because of short attention spans and the losing battle teachers are fighting to keep kids interested in class? Before we… Read more »

Venture Academy: coaching kids to navigate college — and the world

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By Beth Hawkins, MINNPOST Excerpt: Project-based learning A small number of schools take another approach, long known as project-based learning. With the help of a teacher, a student designs a project that showcases his or her individual research. To these options, Venture adds a couple of ingredients: teacher/coaches who help students think through their options… Read more »

Classroom makeover: how schools are rethinking what learning looks like

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The average school in the United States is between 30 and 50 years old, according to Prakash Nair, whose Minneapolis-based architectural firm, Fielding Nair International, specializes in designing innovative schools. Those decades-old buildings were created when learning meant listening to a teacher lecture until the bell rang. Not so today. A 21st-century education, school leaders… Read more »

Prakash Nair Podcast and Article on American Public Media

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Excerpt: “All the flexibility is meant to encourage a new type of learning: Learning by doing. Learning with new technology. Learning that is collaborative, personalized. Learning that architect Prakash Nair said more traditional schools are no good at. Nair is the founding president of Fielding Nair International and the author of the forthcoming book Blueprint… Read more »