Inspiring Learning Space for HHS Students, Courtesy of a Hopkinton Ed Foundation $17K Grant

Classrooms are not neutral. Indeed, each room “says” something to students as they enter, and recent studies reveal that classroom space can have a tremendous impact on student learning. As ESchoolNews reports, “more and more research points to the increased student achievement and engagement resulting from redesigning learning spaces to be more flexible and collaborative.”

Inspired by this research, as well as by input from students and staff at HHS, we submitted a $17K grant application to the Hopkinton Education Foundation to create an “inspiring student learning space” that will serve as an incubator for more innovative approaches to classroom design for HHS and the District. We are thrilled to announce that the Hopkin Education Foundation (HEF) funded our proposal and awarded us the Stephen Gray Innovation Grant for 2015.

HHS would like to thank the Hopkin Education Foundation, especially Maureen Belger and Tracey Scannevin who helped guide the grant process. We also want to acknowledge the generosity of HEF as well as the wider Hopkinton Community for supporting innovative projects in our schools.

Under the guidance of two parents who are experts in the field of designing work & school spaces, Ken Patrick and Mike MacDonald, this grant will create a vibrant, agile classroom space with a variety of student-friendly mobile furniture, a dynamic design, a flexible layout, and the capacity to seamlessly integrate digital technologies. The “iLab” (innovation lab) will serve two purposes. First, it will function as both a formal and informal learning space for HHS students. Second, it will serve as a design prototype for District teachers, administrators, and staff so that we might test out ways to create dynamic learning spaces where teachers and students can more effectively “learn, create, and achieve together.”

We are so excited to get started on this project and look forward to sharing updates on the iLab and its impact over the next school year.

Here are some articles if you would like to learn more about the research on classroom space:

by Colleen Worrell, PhD|Secondary Technology Integration Coordinator at HHS|cworrell@hopkinton.k12.ma.us|Twitter @cdworrell
Image credit: James Vaughn, 1962...The Jetsons, High School on Flickr & shared under at CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

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