As the research continues to mount on the importance of intentional learning space design, innovative, progressive, and forward thinking schools are engaging in a change process. They are starting the conversation, budgeting, and planning for their next generation classrooms. This is excellent news for researchers, educators, parents, and students. The unintended consequences of this achievement is the emerging learning space gap.
Like its predecessors the achievement gap, the opportunity gap, and the experience gap, the learning space gap is set to leave hundreds of thousands of classrooms behind. We need to make an effort to bring the learning space design that all kids need to as many classrooms as possible. This means sharing hacks, tips, and tricks that can be implemented without a budget. It means thinking about $500 budgets instead of $50,000.
We also need to support a “designer’s culture” in all schools. This is a culture where every educator thinks and sees like a designer so that they can be effective for kids with each of their micro-decisions in their learning space.
Equity in learning spaces is essential as we move forward and so many practical things mined from research and translated into “teacher” can help to make this a positive reality for classrooms across the globe.