Learning Community Design, the Why, What and How Supported by Research

A Case Study of Capps Middle School, the 2022 James D. MacConnell Award Finalist

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How do you prove the effectiveness of small learning community design for student and teacher engagement? Understand why, what and how the neighborhood design supports an inquiry based curriculum and lessons learned from the post occupancy survey of 579 students and 78 teachers/staff at Capps Middle School.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to define the difference between ‘research’ and ‘empirical research’ while recognizing the latter is the power behind Evidence-Based Design.
  2. Realize how research-informed design is what’s driving the transformation of learning environments.
  3. Discover the effectiveness of small learning community design for student and teacher engagement.
  4. Understand how the change management process improved organizational performance at Capps MS.
Dr. Fred Rhodes
Dr. Fred Rhodes
Superintendent, Putnam City Schools 

Rhodes, a 46-year veteran of public education, came to Putnam City from Yukon Public Schools, where he served as assistant superintendent for eight years. During his tenure in Yukon, he oversaw areas such as elementary education, curriculum, federal programs, human resources, fine arts, athletics and transportation. In 2012 he was named Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.

Ian Kilpatrick, AIA
Ian Kilpatrick, AIA
K-12 Design Leader, Principal, DLR Group

Ian is a multifaceted designer specializing in K-12 education projects. Designing from the inside out, Ian has a passion for shaping future ready learning environments that encourage learner engagement and motivation. He is driven to design environments that align space and curriculum, making school the ultimate tool for teaching and learning.

Dr. Marilyn Denison
Dr. Marilyn Denison
Teaching and Learning Designer, Principal, Putnam City Schools

As an educational planner, Marilyn brings a unique perspective to DLR Group, having served as an educator and district administrator for more than two decades. Her experience includes leading campus planning, professional learning, and developing curriculum for districts that serve 10,000 to 38,000 students. She has opened multiple campuses with innovative learning environments, and as a result she understands the value of building a team, creating a unique culture, and forming teacher mindsets to inspire new pedagogy to achieve desired results in newly constructed facilities.

Track: Research

This track elevates Research on learning and learning environments and focuses on methodology, findings, and implications for practice. Tangible takeaways are encouraged, including tools and resources that support innovation and improvements to learning environments. There is Art in how we utilize Science to improve our design outcomes and our design and research process. To this end, dissemination of research findings is a priority so that learning environments are re-imagined and enhanced based on evidence and measured impact, not based on trends.

Primary Core Competency
Assessment of the School Facility: The ability to objectively evaluate a learning environment post-occupancy and utilize that data to improve future projects. Implements a plan for educational commissioning that provides guidance on how to use and maximize the learning environment to meet the foundational vision established in the planning phase.

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