Changes in the way students learn and teachers teach demand adaptable educational programming as well as space that can support it appropriately. While honoring Allen-Stevenson’s long-standing traditions and core values, we are actively mindful of fresh research, new technologies, changing family needs, and the influence of the culture around us and on students themselves. The new and repurposed spaces will give our boys amazing opportunities to develop complex skills and thrive as students in Kindergarten through Ninth Grade, and beyond.
A recent Canadian study
reported, “Our increasingly networked world presents complexities for learning unknown just a few years ago, but at the same time offers fresh opportunities. Learning in ever-changing environments demands new ways of educating – a focus on inquiry, creative and critical thinking, multiple literacies, and working together to meet shared goals and knowledge building. Evolving learning approaches and definitions of learning success are the new realities, with the consequent need for creating innovative learning environments.”
The report also described what a “learning commons” could be for a school. It said, “A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. The library learning commons is the physical and virtual collaborative learning hub of the school. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school. Inquiry, project/problem-based learning experiences are designed as catalysts for intellectual engagement with information, ideas, thinking, and dialogue. Reading thrives, learning literacies and technology competencies evolve, and critical thinking, creativity, innovation and playing to learn are nourished. Everyone is a learner, everyone is a teacher working collaboratively toward excellence.”