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What’s in Your Space?: The Impact of Space on Student Learning


What’s in Your Space?:
The Impact of Space on Student Learning

Dwight Carter
, Principal, New Albany High School (OH)
Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education


On December 15, 2016 Future Ready Schools® (FRS) held a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders.

For two decades, educators have been told to incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. This requires changing thinking and physical spaces. How can or should these spaces change to keep pace with and reflect twenty-first-century teaching models?

Dwight Carter is principal of New Albany High School in Ohio and coauthor of What’s in Your Space? Five Steps to Better School and Classroom Design. He discussed five practical steps to help educators shift their thinking and transform their physical learning spaces so that they work for today’s students, or Generation Z.

Mr. Murray and Mr. Carter discussed various aspects of space transformation, including the following:

  • Understanding Generation Z
  • Asking thought-provoking questions
  • Shifting to a twenty-first-century mindset

Mr. Murray and Mr. Carter also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.

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Future Ready Schools® is a collaboration between the US Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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