Learning Spaces Reimagined in Montour - Visual Tour

We often hear of the need to redesign schools to support modern learning environments, and yes, we should.  But how often does a school’s investment in these spaces clearly support and enable a shift towards innovative, student-centered practices?  Not so much. That is why when I had the chance to visit Montour Public Schools last Spring, I jumped at the opportunity. I have followed the work of Dr. Justin Aglio and Montour for a few years now and had the pleasure of connecting with Justin a few times at our Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools (DPLIS) meetings, most recently in Charlotte.  I learned about the partnerships that they developed with universities and local businesses to help reimagine learning experiences for their student.  The school visit was nothing short of inspiring, and a huge thanks Justin for graciously hosting and providing the tour of Montour Elementary.  Below is a visual recap from my visit with some notes for context.   (All Photos Here)

  The Elementary school is organized into two groups based on age level, Discovery and Curiosity. 

The Elementary school is organized into two groups based on age level, Discovery and Curiosity. 

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

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Brick Makerspace Powered by LEGO Education Solutions

Learn more here. 

The STEM course is integrated into each grade level. There are currently 20 lessons ready to go for this space tied to standards. (Teachers are encouraged to design their own as well.)  High school students helped develop the lessons for the elementary students. 

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Minecraft Education Lab

Learn more here. 

Minecraft edu lab includes ready-made lessons for educators. Many teachers are now comfortable setting some parameters for ELA and STEM lessons and letting students build. Assessments are typically presentations or reflections on the learning experience.
"Lunch and Learns" are provided by the district to model best practices with Minecraft Education.

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Classroom Spaces

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KIVA SPACES

Collaborative locations outside of each classroom.

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Staff Lounge

Love the Shift in Language and Mindset Here...

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STEAM TEAMS

Makerspace room that leverages the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  Schedule is 11 days in a row each trimester, each student in the school experiences. 

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MIT FABLab

MIT helped design this "FabLab." This space is used for students to refine prototypes that are first developed in the STEAM room (See Above).

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SENSORY SPACE

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As you can see, I tried to talk less and show more in this post. If you have any questions, just reach out to me (@mr_driscoll / thdriscoll@gmail.com) or Dr. Justin Aglio of Montour to learn more about the exciting work that Montour Schools are embarking on.  (For Example, check out their new AI program here!)