First and foremost, the needs of both learning and teaching must be balanced to ensure that students and teachers achieve the most effective experience possible from the classroom space. Innovations in education require us to reinvent not only what we teach, but also where we teach. Flexible learning environments enable teachers to create unique environments that emphasize student choice. Designing schools of the future requires us to provide maximum flexibility while uniting five design principles—technology integration, safety and security, transparency, multipurpose space, and outdoor learning.
- Jack Shea, H&A's Certified Educational Planner