California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Support for facilities that are safe and attractive

Although not all school boards have a chance to design a developmentally responsive middle school or to redesign or renovate an existing school, those who can emphasize:

  • Layouts that facilitate easy supervision (for safety) of all areas
  • Small learning community areas that facilitate team teaching and professional learning community collaboration
  • Technology supports such as projectors, electronic whiteboards, and computer labs
  • Areas for the visual and performing arts
  • Areas for physical education
  • Classrooms that allow for math projects and science labs
  • A library/media center where students can do research in an inviting setting with knowledgeable support personnel

“Successful examples of new school architecture, while varying in material and form, all emphasize the creation of sociable, enjoyable spaces . . . and the best school architecture can itself serve as an inspiring, educational tool.”1

The schools listed below are designed to help the professional learning community focus on small learning communities and teaming:

The schools listed below are designed to promote teaming and articulation:

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Compliance with the Williams case

Support for instructional technology

1 Jonathan Glancey, A Classroom with a View (Outside Source), The Guardian, June 20, 2006.

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