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 »

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 »

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/