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Subcommitte 1/A/6 Essential Question:
To what extent do our classroom spaces and furniture support the implementation of the curriculum?

9/28/2009: What data will be collected to reveal current reality?

  • Quantatative data regarding buildings such as square footage of rooms, age of furniture, availability of electrical and technology infrastructure, and other pertinent information
  • Observational data from school visits.  These visits will be to observe both high standard and substandard classroom configurations within and outside of Parkway. 
  • Information or research based, state required, and best practice models of educational standards of room configuration, furniture, room size and curricular accessibility.

3/1/2010: Key Findings

A. Positive Observations Revealed by the Data

• Classroom spaces renovated by district or newly created have been built with high standards and are very functional (i.e. new science wing at North High)
• Middle school classrooms generally are of adequate square footage with less exceptions than elementary or high school.

B. Identified Needs

• Lack of electrical outlets in classrooms are inadequate in quantity and placement which limits classroom function
• Differences in types of walls (i.e. permanent, partial, temporary) at elementary schools causes lack of consistency in curriculum delivery
• Age and design of classroom furniture throughout the district limits cooperative learning and delivery of curriculum in the most effective manner.
• Inconsistent and inadequate classroom size, especially at the high school level, causes inconsistency in curriculum delivery.
• Physical education teaching space at the middle school level is not adequate for every day PE.
• Teaching space and design for high school cooking classes are out dated and do not support current curriculum.
• Availability of technology such as smart boards, document cameras, computer labs and laptop carts is inconsistent throughout the district.
• Upgrade electrical infrastructure to include a minimum of 2 outlets per wall and access from either the ceiling or floor.
• Upgrade classroom lighting to include ability to turn off lights in at least two distinct zones.
• Upgrade all district furniture to a modern district standard, or curriculum specific furniture. Address needs for furniture in libraries and common areas as well.

• Redesign high school classroom space to meet minimum DESE standards in all classrooms and improve consistency of classroom sizes.
• Add permanent classroom walls to all elementary school classrooms.
• Ensure a minimum of 3 indoor PE teaching spaces, as well as an outdoor multipurpose teaching space at all middle schools.
• Upgrade high school cooking class space to the design and equipment necessary to implement current curriculum.
• Identify minimum standard for classroom technology and implement standard in all teaching spaces throughout the district. (possible minimum standard would include: digital projector, smart board and document camera)

C. (If Necessary) Additional Data Needed

• Teacher and purchasing department input as to the best standard for district furniture.
• Teacher and technology department input as to the best standard for technology

D. Comments

The identified needs listed in no means constitute all needs observed by the committee. These prioritized needs were observed widely throughout the district. The priority of the needs chosen had a great impact, especially on the consistency of the implementation of curriculum throughout the district.