Redesigning Learning Spaces

Name of School:

Elizabeth Barrett Elementary

Our school is considered:


In five words or less, describe your prototype

Creating spaces for student needs

Insert an image that showcases your prototype.

How might we?:

How might we re-imagine learning spaces to meet the needs of all learners?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

The Prototype:

We looked at our existing spaces and re-configured them to help to address student needs.  For example, we expanded our regulating space, "the Pit Stop" to a larger room featuring many different mirco-environments designed to help students regulate.  We transferred our former staff workroom to a smaller space and in its place, created a Community Hub.  The Community Hub features our very popular new Breakfast Program, and is used by groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Grandparent Program, FOPS, and tri-school Literacy mentors to name a few.  We repurposed our Learning Hub to create an alternate environment focused on learning in a smaller, more quiet setting.  Coupled with existing spaces such as our Sensory Room and Circuit Room body-break space, we are hopeful that we will see many positive benefits for students. 

What we will keep our eye on?

Number of incidents of student discipline declining due to more intentional focus on regulation, spaces being used with regularity, teachers becoming more reflective of their own classroom spaces.

How will we document our results?

Data is being tracked for participation in our breakfast program, as well as student attendance in the Pit Stop and Learning Hub.