Last evening was the second meeting of the team that will work with DLR, our architects, to create the educational specifications leading to the design of our proposed new regional learning center. The primary focus was to brainstorm and document a day (24 hours) in the life of a high school student twenty years in the future. Five teams comprised of students, staff, and community members engaged in the work and presented their finished products. Each team had a mix of humor and progressive thinking that will influence our conversations as the work moves forward.
I heard two themes emerge in the presentations that we must consider as we make decisions on a building design that will need to meet the learning needs of students for the next fifty years. The first is flexibility and the second is personalized learning. I look forward to seeing how these themes and others to follow will come alive in the design and to watching this team of dedicated people use their experience, creativity, and vision to support this effort. We are truly blessed with their commitment to this work.