Flexible Learning Environments

For the past several years, Spring Lake Park Schools has been redesigning learning spaces throughout the district to better meet the current and future needs of students and staff.

The effort began in 2015 with small teams of teachers, students and staff coming together to redesign several learning spaces throughout the district. These teams considered how various learning spaces could be reimagined to be more flexible and better used to meet the needs of students and staff.
 Flexible learning environments is one of the four components of our district’s innovative and personalized learning model. The flexible use of time, space and resources is essential to enhancing student learning. 

Many of these innovating spaces have been created throughout the district and are being used by students and staff on a daily basis. Below are several examples of the innovative spaces in Spring Lake Park Schools.

Makerspaces at elementary schools

Each of the district’s four elementary schools have dedicated makerspaces to enhance hands-on and STEM learning for students.

Centerview students in Makerspace
Park Terrace students sitting on flexible furniture in a STEM Makerspace

Learning Lab at Woodcrest

The Learning Lab at Woodcrest provides flexible options for students to work individually, in small groups or in a large group with a teacher.

Students in Woodcrest Learning Lab
Students in Woodcrest Learning Lab

Innovation Spaces at Park Terrace

The Park Terrace media center and hallway was reimagined to be more flexible and meet the varying student needs and interests.

Flexible furniture
Students working on flexible furniture

The Den at Westwood

What once was a room full of large wooden bookcases, tables and chairs, the Westwood media center was transformed into a studying haven for students. Known as “The Den,” students work in flexible and engaging spaces that adapt to their learning needs.

Student collaborating together in The Den
Students on their iPads hanging out in The Den

Design studio/ makerspaces at Westwood

Existing spaces at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School were recently renovated and transformed into flexible design studios and makerspaces for students to work on hands-on learning projects.

Students working in Westwood STEM lab
Westwood students practicing making catapults in the STEM Makerspace

Westwood Looping Pod

Westwood’s looping pod was redesigned to allow for projects and activities that involve collaboration, flexible thinking and problem solving.

A teacher instructing students in a classroom
A group of boys smiling while working on course work

SLPHS “C” Wing

The “C” wing portion of Spring Lake Park High School was recently renovated from traditional classrooms into flexible spaces for small- and large-group learning.

Students sitting in C-wing

SLPHS Pathways classrooms

As part of the effort to expand Career and College Pathways opportunities for high school students, several Pathways (also known as Career and Technical Education) classrooms at SLPHS have been renovated to better fit current and future course offerings.

OEC space with ambulance
Students sitting on flexible furniture in Pathways space

SLPHS science classrooms

The new science classroom addition at Spring Lake Park High School was designed by teachers and students to be a flexible learning environment. The addition opened in fall 2018

Student writing in science wing
Students working at flexible furniture

SLPHS learning spaces

New furniture was added at Spring Lake Park High School to create new learning spaces outside of the Fine Arts Center and in the rotunda of the school

Students working on the rotunda furniture
Students learning in social studies pod

Lighthouse School

The Lighthouse School spaces have been completely renovated to include more flexible learning spaces, which match the personalized learning of Lighthouse.

Lighthouse student learning area
Lighthouse Flexible Furniture

Early Childhood Spaces

New classrooms and learning spaces for preschool and Early Childhood Family Education programs have been constructed at the District Services Center and Centerview Elementary to best meet the needs of our youngest learners.

Preschool classroom at Centerview
Studnets playing on a sensory table