Archives for: May 2015


Permalink 04:07:31 pm, by mleslie Email , 106 words, 132 views   English (US)
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Minnesota Students to Help School Earn LEED Rating

Apple Valley, MN - A group of junior and senior high school students at the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley are creating a plan to help their school earn LEED certification. If achieved, this would be the first student-led, LEED-certified project under LEED v4.

The SES is a public high school located on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo, and is part of Independent School District 196. A magnet school, SES uses a project-based learning model that encourages students to define their own learning objectives. Its mission is to create a community of leaders that will enhance the relationship between humans and their environment.

Permalink 04:05:53 pm, by mleslie Email , 160 words, 138 views   English (UK)
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New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning

by Peter Barrett - Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the holistic impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom.

So the University of Salford’s research team targeted primary (or elementary) school classrooms, where the children are in one space most of their time and for whom there are metrics of their academic progress—an ideal “natural” research design. They then worked from the individual’s perspective to create a comprehensive and novel model of the factors in play (the Stimulation / Individualization / Naturalness, or SIN model). Finally they used multilevel statistical modeling to isolate the effects on learning that attach to the classroom level of analysis.

Green School News

This news page has useful information for school communities about efforts to make buildings and schoolyards sustainable, high-performance and "green".

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