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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Westwood Looping Pod
Westwood’s looping pod was redesigned to allow for projects and activities that involve collaboration, flexible thinking and problem solving.
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.
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.
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
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
The Lighthouse School spaces have been completely renovated to include more flexible learning spaces, which match the personalized learning of Lighthouse.
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.