Approaches to Early Learning: Montessori 03.20.18

…guidance on an as-needed basis or to ensure proper utilization of each of a diversity of carefully designed “works.” In Montessori Education, the learning environment includes various objects and works…

Sticks and Stones: Uses in Outdoor Ed 07.06.18

Natural materials make outdoor classrooms more fun. Whether sticks or stones, flowers or fruit trees, there are seemingly countless ways to integrate natural materials into outdoor education. Here are a…

Uniqueness of Place: Defining Locale in Outdoor Education 02.22.18

…the complex and diverse set of influences that a site exerts as its “Locale.” And one of our first steps—particularly in outdoor classroom and education design—is to define a site’s…

What Is a Playground For? 06.29.17

…of the school, an outdoor classroom, a place for learning, engagement, social interaction…but most of all FUN. It should reflect the goals, dreams, aspirations and values of the school community,…

Dover High School Wins National Design Award 11.04.21

…indoor/outdoor learning stairs. Among its remarks praising the school’s design, the jury wrote, “The sunken courtyard, which serves as outdoor dining, combined with the indoor/outdoor ‘learning stairs’ are an innovative…

Creating a Learning Landscape for High School Students 10.11.17

learning and working, and providing outdoor space in a way that supports social development is an important part of high school campus design. Not special “socialization” spaces, but learning spaces…

The Only Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It 09.02.21

Education, as well as experiential, project-based, service-based and individualized learning pedagogies. Yet the pandemic also demonstrated that we—that is, everyone invested and involved in supporting an educational community—need to think…

Putting the Early in Early Childhood Education 10.18.18

How early is too early for early childhood education? I’ll let you in on a secret—it’s a trick question. Because, as the saying goes, we are born learning! This common…

The Power and Promise of Work-Integrated Learning 09.23.21

While economic, technological and other trends are driving demand for work-integrated learning, the number of students entering career technical education continues to decrease. Happily, the opposite is true for SHP…