4. Explore how Applied Learning, including STEM, STEAM and Career and Technical Education (CTE), prepares students for the future by connecting secondary education with both college expectations and labor-market demands.
5. Explore what impact Applied Learning could have in the Virgin Islands, within a social and economic context.
The Programming workshops were structured around space curriculum alignment in USVI Public Schools. Working in small groups, participants received a collection of small paper blocks, sized and scaled to represent actual learning spaces. Each of these blocks represented a space type. Groups were asked to consider the relationship of the space-type to the activities and learning modalities that it could support. Using their space types, participants were asked to design their ideal learning suite. Groups experimented with a variety of group sizes, cohort organization, and learner and educator choice.
The multiple learning-suite options along with room units, class size, typologies, and distribution patterns created in these workshops will inform the final programs and organizations proposed in the Master Plan.
The workshops were held simultaneously on St Thomas and St Croix on March 5 and 6, 2020. Attendees included a broad cross-section of stakeholders and end users, including VIDE leadership, superintendents, principals, teacher union representatives, teachers, facilities staff and community members.
Why are space-types useful?