Learning Space Design Project

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Developing Future Ready Environments for Today's Student

The Learning Space Design Project (LSDP), part of SOLES's Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education (IEE), works with school districts, school program managers and education design architects to develop intentionally designed physical spaces that structurally support these new kinds of personalized and technology-rich blended learning environments.

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At the core of the LSDP theory of action is the understanding that future ready learning spaces -- ones that best serve students, teachers and innovative instructional strategies -- emerge through an iterative process that is driven by practice-oriented research, student-centered program design and evidence-based professional learning.

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Current Projects

Learning Space Design: CEPAL is collaborating with the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) to align its new learning and teaching goals with its current and future physical learning environments.  As part of the overall learning space design project, four school site pilots are being conducted.  These pilots will informed the development of facilities design guidelines to enhance CVUSD’s blended and 1-to-1 device learning and teaching pedagogy as well as innovative spaces for applied STEM learning and coding.

Past Projects

e3 Civic High: CEPAL was instrumental in facilitating the unique collaboration between the City of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Public Library Foundation as they worked toward the shared goal of building a new public library for the community of San Diego and creating a school for downtown San Diego students. e3 Civic High is a public charter secondary school in San Diego and is the first charter high school in the United States to be located within a public library. All spaces within e3 Civic are flexible and adaptive, built for collaborative learning and technology integration. CEPAL’s contributions to this project include writing the petition for the charter school, providing guidance on legal issues, establishing the governance board, grant fund writing, and learning space design.

LPA STEM Academy

The Univeristy of San Deigo's Learning Space Design and design firm, LPA, conducted a study to identify design features that support next generation learning and teaching, highlighting how to unleash student and teacher agency of space. The study focused on four space concepts that are very relevant in designing STEM environments: Flexible, Collaborative, Transparent and Connected. LPA focused on these four elements when designing STEM Acacdemy.  Read full article.