The School District of New Berlin, New Berlin WI
Project Goal: Transition from a traditional library model to a learning commons model.
Description: New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West sought to create a new identity for their large libraries. This transition was done in association with the creation of a "flex time" which enabled students to creativity use time within the school day to pursue their learning needs. The transition of the library to a commons model enabled the creation of an accessible academic-social space to support choice of spaces to learn in.
What's Interesting? What does a learning commons look like? How does it act? How does a digital space, or digital learning commons, support the physical location. How can this space amplify the classroom space? How is professional learning structured so that teachers understand how to use a space that offers a wide range of learning opportunities?