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 and implement the various innovative teaching methods which have led to the tremendous success of the AMIT network of schools. Arutz Sheva spoke to architect Prakash Nair, President of Fielding Nair International, this week about the design for Gogya, and how the design for classrooms worldwide is evolving beyond the typical setup.
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FNI was hired to provide detailed designs to transform the first floor of one of their elementary school buildings into a pilot project that could be completed over the summer in 2013. We transformed the traditional kindergarten classrooms into to collaborative learning studios by
removing one classroom space and converting it into a commons area. Large sliding
barn doors connect the adjacent learning studios to the commons which is outfitted with a small stage area,
soft seating, and mobile bookcases for resources.
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School will feature six learning communities of about 125 students, with eight different instructional spaces for each learning community. The instructional program will encompass the four traditional areas of STEM-based curriculum: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The arts and design, a strong focus of the Greenville community, will be the fifth area, putting the STEAM into STEM, and establishing what may be the nation’s first STEAM middle school.
Two new public elementary schools in Medford Oregon have been designed by FNI for 21st century learning. The central school commons and the learning community model promote the plurality of learning modalities students need to succeed in our global community.
How with the help of FNI, Poughkeepsie Day School took four classrooms and a corridor and created a contemporary learning space for the middle school in the summer of 2012.
Randy Fielding is taking architecture back to school.