The 21st Century Classroom, one that focuses on the Four C’s; Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking was the main topic of discussion at the inaugural Napa Valley Education Exchange, a three day conference that I was able to attend last week in Napa. The conference attendees included school district superintendents and educators from all over the State of California.
We were treated to very informative and inspirational presentations from education futurists Dr. Yong Zhao, Ken Kay, and Dr. Pat Wolfe. The presentations were focused on the current state of our education system and how it needs to be changed in order to support the learning needs of our current and future students.
This conference was especially interesting as I was able to learn about many of the challenges being faced by school districts. As architects, we play an important role in developing educational environments that are inspirational to those who use them. Flexible classroom spaces that incorporate advanced technology, flexible furniture, natural daylighting, fresh air, and good acoustics are critical elements of today’s classroom.
John Dybczak AIA