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The Mission of Groupwerk Philanthropic Projects is to orchestrate projects that directly support teachers and coaches help young people succeed in learning and sporting environments. 

Background Information
Transforming Schools - Classrooms to Learning Studios,
Libraries to Learning Commons, and 
Labs to Makerspaces

Traditionally-
  • a classroom is a place where students are taught.
  • a library is a place to research, read or study.
  • a lab is a place for hands-on learning activities.
  • a studio is a place where things or performances are created.

Learning Environment Design (LED) embodies the pedagogical change from teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning in a classroom, library or lab. Here, traditional learning spaces designed with a singular purpose are redesigned to multi-purpose learning spaces. This transformation from 20th century to 21st-century learning spaces uses a new lexicon to describe the metamorphosis from -

  1. Classroom to Learning Studio
  2. Library to Learning Commons
  3. Lab to Makerspace
These three fundamental learning spaces take on a more flexible function as all can become places for learning, collaboration, individual space and active movement contained within the same space. Interior design layouts, now include a broader mix of hard and soft furniture made for school, work and home spaces. These spaces may also be equipped with a variety of making materials and technology tools appropriate to the age group of students. The redesign of these 21st-century learning spaces are crafted by learning communities as a major learning outcome to raise the level of creativity for all students within a face-to-face learning environment.

Why do schools need to change their learning spaces?
  • Today, most of our K-12 learning spaces in the United States are pedagogically founded and physically furnished in the reflection of late 20th century schools from the 1970's - 1990's. 

  • The learning environment needs to reflect the curriculum. As the United States slowly moves to more of a inquiry/project-based curriculum, the focus is shifting from educators mostly standing in front teaching, to guiding students in the learning process through inquiry, collaboration and making activities. 

  • We are slowly moving from single subjects being taught at a specific time period, to integrated subjects designed through projects as students work together. This approach models the real world and much of our current world of work. 

Who is leading this change?

Leading this change, one room at a time, are individual teachers and librarians who practice project/inquiry-based learning. These educators use technology and mix up how their space is set up on a regular basis and view physical space as a critical component for their students' well being and academic achievement. 

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What is Groupwerk Philanthropic Projects role in the donation process?

Groupwerk Philanthropic Projects is the parent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with its Board of Directors that oversees the staff and activities of Project Learning Spaces™. All material and monetary donations and grants are received and administered by Groupwerk. 

What is Project Learning Spaces™ role in the donation process?
The Mission of Project Learning Spaces™ is to is to provide new, sample or overstock furniture and/or technology directly to teachers and librarians in K-12 schools wanting to transform their classrooms, libraries or labs into 21st century learning spaces. Project Learning Spaces™ partners with furniture businesses, organizations and/or individuals who want to help schools.

How does Project Learning Spaces™ determine who or what school will receive donated equipment or funds?
Project Learning Spaces™ has a specific focus of supporting teachers and librarians in their learning spaces. Our project currently does not provide school-wide funding or grants, but rather seeks out individual teachers and librarians passionate about transforming their learning space into 21st century learning environments. 

How does Project Learning Spaces™ receive requests for services from teachers, Librarians, and School Administators?
Go to our web page here on site - Request for Consultation Services Form

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