Fund For the Future

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Thank you to all of our generous donors! Parents, local businesses and organizations, teachers, grandparents and friends. 
 
You helped raise $270K in 2021-2022 for the Innovative Learning Environment Project.
 

 

 

 

 

The 2021-22 Fund For the Future seeks to expand the positive benefits of Innovative Learning Environments (ILE).

 

 

An ILE is the creation of a physical learning space adopting new, creative, and interesting teaching strategies that aim to provide students a better environment to learn and enhance their capabilitiesThe idea is to redesign the physical classroom elements and the teaching practices to enhance the delivery of the LFSF educational vision and mission. 

LFSF EDUCATIONAL VISION AND MISSION

 

The narrative of “21st Century Learning” has led the LFSF to further explore innovative learning environments as it supports student acquisition of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. Indeed, by emphasizing these skills, the LFSF helps all preschool through 12th-grade students build confidence and adaptability so they can realize their potential and positively impact their world. 

PHYSICAL ELEMENTS: Flexible classrooms, Ortega Library & Common Areas 

The physical environment supports learning. Flexibility in the learning environment captures attention, provides visual stimulation, and increases student engagement. The average cost of equipping a flexible classroom is $10,000.

Benefits: facilitates collaboration and promotes sustained attention, promotes movement improving certain mental processes that regulate alertness and motivation.

TEACHING PRACTICES: A dynamic teacher-student connection

More personalized teaching addresses each student's interests and needs. ILE practices increase the teacher’s capacity to work one on one with each student. Students can work at their own pace, no one is bored, no one is left behind. 

In 2021-22, 5th-grade teachers and students successfully followed ILE practices, reporting greater motivation and satisfaction while accomplishing the French National curriculum. As 6th-graders they will have their own flexible classrooms on Ortega Campus. 

Benefits: Autonomy, responsibility, and self-confidence are developed. This leads to curiosity, better academic achievement, and a love for learning.

Together, let's expand meeting the diverse interests and needs of learners, their overall success, and wellbeing at school.

 

Research references:

Byers, T., Imms, W., & Hartnell-Young, E. (2018). Comparative analysis of the impact of traditional versus innovative learning environments on student attitudes and learning outcomes. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 58, 167–177.

Byers, T., Mahat, M., Liu, K., Knock, A., & Imms, W. (2018). A systematic review of the effects of learning environments on student learning outcomes. Innovative Learning Environments & Teacher Change.

Hardiman, M., & Denckla, M. B. (2012). The brain-targeted teaching model for 21st-century schools. Corwin.

Sakiz, G., Pape, S. J., & Woolfolk Hoy, A. (2012). Does perceived teacher affective support matter for middle school students in mathematics classrooms? Journal of School Psychology, 50(2), 235–255.

Immordino-Yang, M. H., & Damasio, A. (2007). We feel, therefore we learn: The relevance of affective and social neuroscience to education. Mind, Brain, and Education, 1(1), 3–10.