September 07, 2005

Eco Schools


InterestWind power.jpg in "green" ecology has struck charter schools. Senn Brown of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association assembled a list of 30 some charter schools thematically dedicated to saving the environment.

The schools, though principally in the midwest, are probably but a fraction of the true number in the U.S. Already, the schools have held a conference and involved higher education and other organizations to share ideas and practices. For further information, email your name and contact info to sennb@charter.net or call 608-238-7491.

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June 10, 2005

Educational Reform with Architecture

A striking new book, The Language of School Design: Design
Patterns for 21st-Century Schools
by Prakash Nair and Randall Fielding has been published by DesignShare. I've been waiting for this book during five decades of transforming "child factories" into places of dignity, community, meaning, and learning. This is a gorgeous book and you should obtain it from DesignShare or your bookseller.

The two web sites associated with the authors, DesignShare and Fielding Nair International are great source of information not only about innovative schools but also about school reform.

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October 10, 2004

Schools as Centers of Community

The KnowledgeWorks Foundation announced the winners of its national search for schools that best exemplify schools as centers of community. Unlike traditional design competitions, the Foundation's national search placed a strong emphasis on community engagement, the design of the facility for community use, and community partnerships. The winning schools are featured on a new website that includes overviews of each school, photographs, site plans, and contact information.

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April 25, 2004

Exciting Designs for New Schools

In a remote blue collar region of Australia, Devenport, Tasmania, a new school, Reece Community High School received the prestigious MacConnell award for the best planned, designed and technologically advanced school in the world. Education Week has an excellent story (free registration) as has Design Share, The International Forum for Innovative Schools.

A second set of examples of advanced schools is Schools as Centers of Community: A Citizens' Guide for Planning and Design, a gorgeously illustrated free book you can download from the web by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

A third source of good ideas is Smaller, Safer, Saner Successful Schools from the Center for School Change and can be downloaded free. This well-illustrated booklet provides a rationale for smaller schools and for sharing space with community resources.


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September 30, 2003

Future Schools

A brief illustrated thought-stimulating article, Flexible School Facilities, stretches one's conceptss about the schools of tomorrow. It shows a progression from conventional schools to a profusion of program choices.

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