School of the Future Showcases School Design
OLYMPIA — March 7, 2012 — Good school design can just as easily come from students as it can from adults.
School of the Future is a competition that puts that concept to the test by allowing middle school students the chance to design their own schools.
The students’ designs will be displayed at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction building in Olympia on March 13.
“It seems like such a simple thing but it’s so important,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “Our schools must be technologically advanced, healthy and maintained. If they are, there’s a better chance that students will learn. And having students’ input on the design of schools can show adults some things that they might not be thinking about.”
The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) sponsored the competition. According to the
CEFPI Web site, School of the Future “highlights the importance of well-planned, high performance, healthy, safe and sustainable schools that foster student achievement and enhance community vitality.”
School of the Future is a precursor to the national School Building Week, April 23-27, which includes the national School of the Future competition in Washington, D.C. and culminates in School Building Day on April 27.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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