BDS Topical highlights
As research routinely indicates that students not only learn better but enjoy learning more when met with an inviting and modern setting, a central focus of BDS is reimagining what a modern and effective learning environment looks like, and then sourcing materials in the most affordable ways.
As we all stand to learn from one another, sharing ideas is great, but what’s even more powerful is sharing the systems that help make the ideas a reality! A key focus of BDS is helping to identify, document, and share those critical systems.
Professional Growth & Connections
Through an intentionally designed process of growth and development, a central focus of BDS is assisting administrators and educators alike in the process of reimagining their educational setting, creating a strategic plan, implementing, and reiterating to continuously seek improvement.
By Design School's Mission
In 2010, when Aaron Long initially conceived By Design Schools, it was with a focus on improving classroom and school designs to meet the opportunities afforded through the integration of technology in the classroom setting and how it impacts the interactions of educators and their students. Along with the integration of technology, the implementation of collaboration spaces and formats takes center stage in the research and application of redesign. Secondly, By Design Schools focuses on the best practices involved in creating a PD experience for educators that deeply impacts the culture and direction of schools. Furthermore, in all aspects of By Design Schools efforts, a Design Thinking approach is taken. That is, iterations are evaluated and improved upon to best meet the ever-changing demands and opportunities of our modern education setting.
School Physical Design Impact
Impact on student performance by percent
% of Employees who leave their job
Over a lack of training or learning opportunities
Greater likelihood of organization being a leader in industry
When strong PD culture is present
% of students who report a moderate to exceptional increase in engagement
When learning in a modern classroom
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