Tuition: $2,400 per person
Faculty Chair Daniel Wilson on Learning Environments for Tomorrow:
A jointly-designed program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Architects and educators will work together to understand key principles of designing innovative K–12 learning environments. Participants will explore the challenges of designing spaces that: enable personalized learning for students, support social and emotional development for both adults and children, serve as opportunities to learn about issues of sustainability, and include new media and information technology that supports learning.
Learning Environments for Tomorrow will explore four themes that are shaping the goals and structure of 21st-century education: collaboration, technology, engagement, and sustainability. Through a research-based understanding of current and emerging best practices, participants will work with Harvard faculty and leading practitioners to envision how school buildings can most effectively support learning in the coming decade and beyond.
Participants should attend in teams that include architects, educators, and leaders involved in a school building project. Teams will learn a process of linking educational goals to design principles and apply the institute’s content to their local building projects. Teams will work with other teams in a “design studio” environment as they grapple with questions such as: What are the core 21st-century learning goals and programmatic features for our school? What are the guiding design principles that will drive our decision-making? What might be the key design patterns and diagrams that would best represent how our goals will be realized?
To support exploration, the program will engage participants through a variety of formats, including interactive plenary sessions, topic-specific workshops, and project teams working in a design studio, that are facilitated by architects, educators, and design thinking experts.
The aim of the institute is to provoke, explore, and apply interdisciplinary insights to two overarching questions:
In answering these questions, the program aims to achieve the following learning objectives:
“It was great, mind blowing at times.” — participant
“The learning objectives were spot on, putting all of the disciplines together in project teams, very effective. I learned a lot!” —participant
“Tremendous session. As a believer in “the learning organization,” this was very informative. Daniel is a fantastic leader and facilitator. I loved the activity that he incorporated into the session of co-creating sentences.” —Byron Ernest, Principal, Emmerich Manual High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Daniel Wilson: Cultivating Collaboration in Schools
Daniel Wilson is lecturer on education and director of Project Zero at HGSE. Wilson is interested in the inherent dilemmas of knowing, trusting, leading, and belonging in adult collaborative learning. His work examines how groups navigate these tensions through using flexible language, routines, roles, and artifacts and is currently organized around three areas: professional learning in communities; learning behaviors in the workplace; and uncertainty and team learning.
Learning Environments for Tomorrow is an application program. As the work of the program is team-based, we highly encourage applications from teams of educators and architects engaged together in a process of school design, redesign or renovation, or school facility and space planning. Teams should include a cross section of key stakeholders from both the education and architecture sectors. Participants are selected based upon team composition as well as the match between their stated objectives and the goals of the program. In order to maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible.
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The Application Process
The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.
Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.