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Mary Featherston’s school designs | ArchitectureAU

“The principal challenge facing interior designers choosing to work in the emerging field of school interior design is to develop physical learning environments that strike an effective balance between purposeful design and flexibility. This article discusses the contribution of interior designer Mary Featherston’s school design practice towards achieving that balance.” http://architectureau.com/articles/profile-mary-featherston/#img=4

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | MindShift

Students at English High School in Boston helped pilot a social networking and planning tool called Community Planit. The online platform offers participants a series of missions, problems to solve and questions to answer about how the school district could improve and meet student needs better. As a player completes missions, he receives tokens to spend on the priorities he’d most like to see in school. The information and feedback then goes back to the district. via Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | MindShift.

Design Thinking

Putting the user (student, parent or teacher) at the heart of the design process is a critical part of developing solutions that work. Based on the Stanford School of Design’s research, this fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshop takes teachers through the process of identifying learner needs and constructing a solution tailored to meet those needs. The session plenary applies this thinking to the learning environments, curricula, assessment and pedagogy we use in schools, ensuring we’re centred on learner needs in everything we do. [All staff | hands-on workshop | 90 minutes]

Your Company’s Secret Change Agents by Richard Tanner Pascale and Jerry Sternin

1. Make the group the guru. Champions are important but too often they generate unconstructive dependence from their teams. problem identification, ownership, and action begin in and remain with the community. 2. Reframe through facts. Inside the box problem definitions generate inside the box solutions. Restating the problem shifts attention to fertile new ground and opens minds to new possibilities. By casting a problem in a different light and by using hard data to confront orthodoxies, a community can be encouraged to discover whether there are exceptions to the status… Read more Your Company’s Secret Change Agents by Richard Tanner Pascale and Jerry Sternin

TED.com Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

High performing PISA schools: Are in societies that place a high value on education Realise all children are capable of success. Not segregated early on; this leads to strong social disparities. There is a parental expectation that every students will achieve. Students in USA = "If I’m talented in it. I’ll succeed." Japan = "If I work hard at it." Embrace diversity with differentiated pedagogical practice. Ordinary students have extraordinary talents and teachers personalise learning opportunities. Clear and ambitious standards across the system. Every student knows what matters, is required… Read more TED.com Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools