Why Don’t We Train Teachers to Use New Flexible Classrooms?

Hear a lively Q&A session between Shaylyn Ekins, Principal of Golden Spike Elementary School, Brigham City, UT, and Patricia Cadigan, ALEP, M.Ed., Artcobell VP Learning Environments, about how the school is transforming learning environments to transform learning outcomes. In June of 2020, the Box Elder School District's Board of Education approved a vote to combine Foothill and Mountain View elementary schools into one new school. This school would be built on the site of the old Bunderson Elementary in Brigham City and would house students from both existing schools. Golden Spike Elementary was named in reference to the 17.6-karat golden spike used to complete of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. The site where the Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento and the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha met is at Promontory Summit, located in Box Elder County.



Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how the design and furnishings of a learning environment can transform teaching and learning.
  2. Learn how post-occupancy professional learning for teachers maximized the success rate of using the spaces effectively.
  3. Explain the need for developing teacher buy-in and training to use new learning spaces.

Broadcast Date

April 12, 2023, 2:00 PM EST

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Meet the Presenters


Patricia Cadigan
VP of Learning Environments

Patricia has 28 years of experience within public education including over 17 years in school administration. She began her career in education as a science teacher and then served as an assistant principal at the middle school level and principal at both the elementary and high school levels. As part of the Artcobell team, she brings the school perspective and insight, assisting in professional development, training, programming and research to connect learning spaces with best practices in teaching and learning. Her expertise will help teams make the connection on how furnishings can promote engaging and supportive learning environments.


Shaylyn Ekins
Golden Spike Elementary

Shaylyn is the principal of the newly formed Golden Spike Elementary in Brigham City, Utah. Golden Spike Elementary is an open concept school that uses flexible seating to meet the needs of students and instruction in creative ways. She has been an educator for 15 years in Box Elder School District while teaching 4th grade band and she has been an elementary principal the last 7 years. Shaylyn earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Utah State University. She has a strong focus on cultivating a positive school climate and building relationships with students, families, and staff and has enjoyed the challenge of opening a new school.