This Is Our Positive Place: The Story of Winton Woods


The two new Winton Woods campuses represent more than just a new home for the Warriors. They stand as physical embodiments of a journey to dramatically rethink how education is delivered within an urban school system.

In 2011, Winton Woods City Schools—a culturally inclusive, minority-majority, open enrollment school district that serves approximately 4,000 students in southwest Ohio—transformed its pedagogical approach. In collaboration with the New Tech Network, the entire district moved to a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum, making it one of the first school districts in the country to embrace PBL from preschool through 12th grade.

Initially, the district’s outdated—and, in some cases, crumbling—facilities couldn’t accommodate the depth of instruction and engagement that PBL requires. They argued that designing spaces to specifically support its pedagogical approach would accelerate the successful adoption of PBL. Along the way, it would also drive the development of such 21st Century skills as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

In this case study, we take a closer look at how the design of these facilities supports PBL and how the environment alone has had a positive impact on the students of Winton Woods. Click here for instant access.

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