The Classroom Co-Creators project aims to introduce federal and state authorities, superintendents, and administrators to strategies for utilizing design to improve U.S. public schools. Our goal is to help create better learning spaces, improve performance, and shape school culture, in response to the challenges currently faced by many K-12 schools.
This project demonstrates why the design of a school campus is vital to learning and development and how strategic investments in the built environment can support ongoing initiatives in education reform.
Through the support of the Boston Society of Architects and Boston Public Schools, we were able to work with Blackstone Elementary School in Boston as a test case. Blackstone was selected due to its alarming and chronic under-performance and label as a Massachusetts “turnaround school”.
We engaged students, teachers, and community members in a participatory design process to articulate their needs, weigh competing interests, and develop contextual design strategies to support effective teaching practices and inspire learning. Our efforts concluded with a public presentation at Harvard University to raise awareness among education leaders in the Boston area. More details at Harvard News and BSA.