The excitement is evident as we plan for our new and innovative student-centered learning space, thanks to the generous support of the New Albany community. Using feedback from staff and community engagement sessions held over the last two months, design concepts have taking shape and rapidly evolving.
Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved:
Monday, May 20 – Board of Education Monthly Meeting – Moody-Nolan will present the culmination of community and staff feedback in the form of a final, evolved design for the Board’s consideration. The Board will then vote to approve completed design plans.
Save the Date! Monday, June 10 – Ground Breaking Ceremony at 5:30 PM - Join New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Moody-Nolan, and Corna Kokosing as we break ground on our new, efficient, student-centered learning space. It will be a momentous event as we celebrate our past while building our future.
The Design Process at Work:
Over the last two months, students, staff and community have taken part in the design process, with multiple opportunities to take part online and in design sessions. The design process is coming to to a close, as we move to our final schematic design. The graphic to the right represents the process from site placement to final design with input from multiple stakeholders.
Late February 2013 – nine building placement concepts revealed and responded to by students, staff and community
Early-Mid March 2013 – concepts narrowed down to a three-square of design possibilities based on stakeholder feedback
Early April 2013 - ideas from design meetings result in a “collaborative curve” with smaller community learning areas and a core to be available to the entire campus
Late April 2013 - further refinements based on stakeholder feedback have lead to a final schematic design encompassing the ideals of a flexible, student-centered learning space
Early May 2013 - further refinements based on stakeholder feedback and targeted user groups have led to a final schematic design encompassing the ideals of a flexible, student-centered learning space, while traffic studies from a noted campus traffic firm have led to three possible site concepts
A Summary of Community Feedback:
Moody-Nolan presented their first schematic design to the Board of Education at their April 8th Work Session. Click the report cover to the right to read about our community’s feedback and expectations, as well as first renderings of the new building. Please note, design plans continue to evolve based on feedback; the ideas contained in the report are continually changing.
Feedback from Prior Sessions:
The Community and Staff are sharing their thoughts and input for our new building. Click on the links below to see what others have been suggesting.
There are still more opportunities for community and staff to participate in the design process. We encourage you to attend any or all of the planned community engagement sessions. We are listening! You may also submit your thoughts, comments, suggestions on the Sharing Your Thoughts page listed at right. All information collected is being shared directly with the architects and building team.
Click here for Community Design Session dates
Click here for resources on innovative student-centered learning spaces and examples of innovation at work.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, who voted in November 2012 to support our bond and levy issue on the ballot, New Albany-Plain Local Schools is moving forward to Build Our Future with the design and construction of a new, innovative, flexible student-centered learning space. This work is the continuation of years of preparation, beginning with the development of a master campus plan in 2010. With the goal of providing a world-class, student centered education to every member of our learning community - no matter where they are on campus, we are taking another step in this journey together with our students, parents, staff and the community at large. Visit this site regularly for planning and construction updates, opportunities for you to have your questions answered and to provide input, and more.
Student-Centered Learning Environments: Some Examples
Video #1: The Bishop Strachan School, a private K-12 girls’ academy in Ontario, Canada, provides inspiration for student-centered learning.
Video #2: The School of One, a middle school mathematics program of the New York City Department of Education, integrates the use of technology and personalized curriculum to meet the needs of each and every student.
Video # 3: High Tech High in San Diego, California, is a public charter school that focuses on project based learning to equip students with the 21st century skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing world.