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  • Modernizing a Landmark Curriculum Resource

      PlusUs recently completed a project with the Center for Architecture and Design to modernize their Architecture in Education (AIE) program, an influential experience first created in 1986. The program has served as the basis for the majority of K-12 architecture education programs around the United States (and many around the world). HOW WE DID…

  • Beautifully Irrational Arguments: Wayfinding, Designing, and Staying Foolish

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow…

  • Design, Education, and Human Beings in the Becoming

    Project Wayfinder‘s Summer Institute for Teachers at Brown University has thrown me for a loop and shifted my perspective on professional development in several ways.  After twenty-five years in education, I don’t say those words lightly.  I’ve sat through too many workshops and classes where all it seemed I was supposed to do was pack…

  • When We Feel What Makes Your School Unique

    Imagine for a moment you’re researching possible schools for your child. You’re online looking at websites, and most are confusing, cluttered, and uninspired. They do little to communicate what the school believes, or what makes it unique. I don’t need to show you examples, I know you have some in mind (in fact you’ve probably…

  • Redesigning Education: Design for Deeper Learning

    What counts and what matters in learning?  Contrary to centuries of practice, it is not really the grades. Since April of 2017 I have been reading about and, now, practicing gradeless-ness in my high school 9th and 10th grade English classes.  Sure, I know that such a practice is not new, at least not in…

  • Why Design: Reading and Writing the World

    (Fifth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represents a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) I was/am an English major. The confusion in verb tense stems from a shift in how I act within the world. For years I buried my head in books. Fictional worlds…