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 »

Horace Greeley High School unveils ‘cutting edge’ class space

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CHAPPAQUA – Education reform traditionally has been about curriculum or teacher training, in a sense adding new furniture to an old, familiarbuilding. Futurists now think education reform should go further: Rethink the classroom itself if you want to change how children learn in today’s highly specialized and technological world. Horace Greeley is among the first… Read more »

Local Philanthropy Will Help Hillel Gain 21st-Century Edge

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“Children have different personalities, aptitudes and talents,” Nair said. “A school should feel like a comfortable, happy place to be, not institutional. We have to change the physical building — it’s the envelope where 21st-century education happens.”   Go to article here: https://www.thejewishnews.com/2014/02/23/dreaming-big/

Newest school in San Antonio promises world-class education

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“Inspire Academies has partnered up with Fielding Nair International: world famous architects that specialize in innovative school design and education technology to develop the first school of its kind in the nation. Their schools will feature more than eight outdoor learning areas, and creative indoor learning studios, opposed to more traditional classrooms.” Read article here: https://www.laprensasa.com/301_c-o-m-u-n-i-d-a-d/1985471_newest-school-in-s-a-promises-world-class-education.html

Redesigned media center ‘surrounds’ Magnificat students with new learning environment

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“Now, Magnificat High School has taken the transformation further, with its “Surround Learning Center”…” “Designer James Seaman of Fielding Nair International headed the design team, and made several trips to the school to gather input and suggestions from students, faculty and staff.” Read more here: https://westlife.northcoastnow.com/redesigned-media-center-surrounds-magnificat-students-with-new-learning-environment/

Magnificat students ‘surround’ themselves with design ideas

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“The design firm of Fielding Nair International was selected to come up with a schematic for the work, and senior designer James Seaman visited the school…” “Seaman also presented designs of the Surround Learning areas to the students, which were based on the discussions and findings during his spring visit.”

Liberated Spaces: Purposeful School Design Says Goodbye to Cells and Bells

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Using Douglas Park School as an example, Jennifer Lewington explores how school spaces impact 21st century learning: “School districts in Canada are part of a growing international movement that puts strong emphasis on school design to serve the diverse needs and learning styles of students for the 21st century economy. Diverse, purposeful spaces for individual… Read more »

The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New

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The overwhelming majority of the nearly 76 million students in America’s schools and colleges spend most of the academic day in classrooms. That’s a problem because the classroom has been obsolete for several decades. That’s not just my opinion. It’s established science.   Published Online: July 29, 2011 COMMENTARY The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time… Read more »