Collaborate with architects and educators to apply principles of effective pedagogy and design to your K–12 building project.
The physical space in which children learn has an enormous impact on their experience as learners, but how do we apply what we know about how children learn best to design learning environments that will serve our learners now and in the future?
A joint program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, this program explores the intersection of effective pedagogy and cutting-edge architecture and design. Participants explore approaches to school design that enable personalized learning, support the social and emotional development of both adults and children, integrate emerging technologies, encourage collaboration and community engagement, and are environmentally sustainable and cost effective. Teams will work with leading practitioners to apply the latest research and design practices to local school building projects that can serve their communities into the next century.
In this three-day intensive program, you and your team will explore four themes that inform 21st-century school design: collaboration, technology, engagement, and sustainability. You will take part in interactive plenary sessions, topic-specific workshops, and a “design studio,” where experts will guide your team as you define the learning goals and programmatic features of your ideal school, determine what design principles should drive your decision-making, and come up with design patterns and diagrams to help you realize those goals for your community.
- Understand the principles of 21st-century pedagogy and design
- Explore the latest thinking in learning theory, collaborative learning, student and community engagement, social media technologies, and environmental sustainability
- Critique learning environments and educational facilities that are considered models of effective design
- Develop design plans and strategies for facilities that serve the stakeholders in your community