Case Study: How Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms Deepen Students' Learning

When new classrooms were needed at Oak Park High School, a sustainable solution was sought, resulting in the innovative use of repurposed shipping containers – items that are low cost and would otherwise be considered waste. Based on this success, these progressive “Learning Studios” have also been rolled out to a middle school campus. Placed adjacent to outdoor space, the sliding glass doors allow the classroom and learning to expand into nature. Presenters will share insights on gaining stakeholder buy-in at the district and school level and illustrate the importance of indoor/outdoor learning space at each campus, district-wide.

Credit

1 AIA/LU, GBCI, IDCEC

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe initiatives that increase environmental literacy across a school district.
  2. Apply sustainable practices to personal context.
  3. Identify the benefits of outdoor learning environments and collaborative planning efforts.
  4. Relate the connection between project-based learning, environmental literacy, sustainability, district wide planning, and learning space design.

Broadcast Date

December 08, 2021, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Registration Price

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Meet the Presenters

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Jay Greenlinger, Ed.D.
Oak Park Unified School District
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Jay Greenlinger, Ed.D. is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Oak Park Unified School District in Oak Park, CA. In this role, Jay brings curriculum, instruction, and physical space together to improve student learning. In 2013, he earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge. He also holds an M.A. in School Administration from CSUN, an M.A. in Elementary Education from Pepperdine University, and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Bridgitte Alomes
Natural Pod
CEO

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is dedicated to creating better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 15,000 learning environments throughout the world. Bridgitte is dedicated to sharing the importance of the learning environment design on students. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools.