Schools of the Future—Learning Spaces, Wellness Rooms, and Nature Trails

From a story on by Jennifer A. Kingson:

The hallway-and-classroom model of school architecture is out. Instead, forward-thinking schools feature flexible “learning spaces,” wellness rooms, touch-free lighting and plumbing — and of course, souped-up HVAC for optimum ventilation.

Why it matters: Lots of pandemic relief money is earmarked for school improvements, so there’s a big window of opportunity for construction projects that boost pedagogy as well as students’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Driving the news: At the same time that teaching has shifted from a “sage on a stage” to a “whole child” approach — which emphasizes collaboration, small groups and hands-on learning — some school districts find themselves with cash for complementary architecture.