A group of teachers,
administrators, students and community members all participated in a three day
educational visioning process at the Spitzer Center of Lorain County Community
College. Educational Visioning is a comprehensive long-term planning tool for a
school or a district. This workshop served as a kick off to the design phase of
the new 3-8 school building.
Focused on 21st
century learning techniques, the visioning was facilitated by Dr. Frank Locker.
Dr. Locker is a trained facilitator and a registered architect. He conceived
and co-teaches the Harvard University School of Education/School of Design
course for educators and architects. He was honored as a Planner of the Year by
the Council of Educational Facilities Planners, International.
Curriculum and Instruction David Pritt said this workshop is a key element
for the new facilities.
important to have a 21st century learning environment in our
district. We have to be constantly adapting and tailoring our curriculum to
meet the learning needs of our students. This new school is going to provide
great opportunities for our students today and in the future,” he stated.
The first two days of
the visioning were focused on education. The group discussed what teaching and
learning strategies currently work in North Ridgeville, and what areas the
District could improve upon. The participants had group discussions about a
variety of topics including student learning styles, student success and
teacher Katie Clapham said it was exciting to be a part of the workshop and to
see the direction the district is headed towards.
process is opening our eyes as a community to the need to teach to 21st century
skills. It’s clear that the District is making very progressive and
innovative decisions that will foster critical thinking and creativity in our
students. We are all advocates for the students in North Ridgeville and I think
it's going to be exciting to invest in the new educational deliveries
that will be taking place and that will be supported by our new
facilities,” Clapham said.
Sixth grade Language
Arts teacher Amy Smith quickly began implementing some of the discussion points
in her teaching.
first day, I immediately went back to my classroom and instilled the practices
we learned about. Students' desks were moved into groups and I focused on
students collaborating with each other to discover their own learning,” Smith
explained. “We did an activity with a book we are reading and the learning
target of indirect and direct characterization. The first block of
students drew a character with their group and the other classes added to the
posters throughout the day. It was amazing to hear the discussion as to
why the other classes put some of the traits,” she added.
The final day the group
discussed how those educational trends and learning practices impact how the
facility operates and looks. ThenDesign Architecture and the Ohio Facilities
Construction Commission were also part of the visioning workshop.
“This was great for the District to go through,”
said Chris Smith of ThenDesign Architecture. “Knowing the District’s vision for
21st century learning and how they plan on using the facility really
helps drive the design of the school,” he added.