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Our very own Michelle Carpenter, Chief Strategy Officer of Natural Pod, will be sharing the outcomes of her work as Southeast Chair of SchoolsNEXT at LearningScapes 2021 taking place on October 14-17th. The in-person session, Student Voice Informs Equitable Learning Space Design , co-facilitated with SchoolsNEXT chairs alongside SchoolsNEXT participating students. is taking place on Friday, October 15 at 3:30-4:30 pm MT.

Michelle would love to connect with as many of you as possible while at Learning Scapes. The conference is a great opportunity to share visions for the future of learning, and to come together in finding solutions to make those visions real!

SchoolsNEXT, A4LE’s annual student design competition, challenges middle school students to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaboration. The session will explore the past three years of student projects, identifying considerations and recommendations from the student perspective of what their learning environments need to embrace and support. Students will respond to design-thinking questions to illustrate their first-hand perspective, with the goal of informing intentional learning space design.

In order to build and inspire future generations of architects and designers, the session will include a call to action for attendees to share the impact of the SchoolsNEXT design competition with school districts for future participation.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Explore design concepts and considerations as seen through the eyes of middle school students around the world.
  • Discuss practices for intentionally gathering and leveraging student voice in the design and planning process.
  • Commit to listening to and learning from the true users of the spaces you design; students.
  • Issue a call to action for recruiting future student participants to inform equitable design and inspire the next generation of architects and designers.

The in-person session with Michelle is taking place on Friday, October 15 at 3:30-4:30 pm MT, live at A4LE LearningScapes. Michelle would love to connect with as many of you as possible while at the conference. It’s a great opportunity to share visions for the future of learning, and to come together in finding solutions to make those visions real!

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