What if you could design the ultimate learning environment? A place where you know you would do your best thinking, learning, and doing… That’s what we asked Cobb Schools’ families to do. Families are invited to join their students to design the ultimate learning environment. And, with the support of Office Depot-Office Max, they’re getting real-world, real-life ways to do just that.
Cobb County School District’s Title I department is taking learning on the road through the partnership of Office Depot-Office Max.
Hundreds of Cobb families attend the educational events, which is part of a series called Learning Launches. The events are held at the Cobb stores that serve as partners in education. The Learning Launches, which are part of the Title I Family Engagement Initiative within Cobb schools, cover the engineering design process, math and science standards as well as project and problem-based learning and critical thinking. The initiative is dedicated to helping teachers improve their instruction while also giving families the tools they need to help students at home. The Learning Launches bring lessons to life through community educational events.
Prompted by the challenge, ‘What if you could design the ultimate learning environment?’ students and their families put their heads together to come up with an ideal learning space in the current Title I Learning Launch.
The Learning Launch included a design challenge for every age:
▪Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: “A Place to Dream” – Students and parents venture through a ‘touch and feel classroom’ vignette to create a dream-oriented classroom space.
▪3rd Grade – 5th Grade: “Go Green or Go Home!” – Students and their families discover energy efficient lighting to illuminate minds as well as space, and keep things ‘green.’
▪6th Grade – 8th Grade: “Anything but Common Learning” – Students put their love of tech, literacy and design to work on taking libraries into the 21st century.
▪9th Grade – 12th Grade: “5 Chair Challenge” – Students take a critical tool and make it 2.0, which includes chair prototypes to fit today’s students’ need and learning styles.
Title I students and families earn a certificate of completion after completing the “Learning Launch Challenge.”
Tiffany Honoré, Director
Natalie Hutchins, Supervisor