Project Learning Spaces - Info Packet

Our Mission is to orchestrate philanthropic projects by providing donated new, sample or overstock furniture, and technology directly to teachers and librarians in K-12 schools wanting to transform their classrooms, libraries or labs into 21st century learning spaces.  

Read below for more details of this innovative program as we partner with participating businesses, organizations and citizens.

Transforming Classrooms to Learning Studios, Libraries to Learning Commons and
Labs to Makerspaces

Traditionally-
  • a classroom is a place where students are taught.
  • a library is a place to research, read or study.
  • a lab is a place for hands-on learning activities.
  • a studio is a place where things or performances are created.

Transformative Learning Space Design embodies the pedagogical change from teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning in a classroom, library or lab. Here, traditional learning spaces designed with a singular purpose are redesigned to multi-purpose learning spaces. This transformation from 20th century to 21st-century learning spaces uses a new lexicon to describe the metamorphosis from -

  1. Classroom to Learning Studio
  2. Library to Learning Commons
  3. Lab to Makerspace
These three fundamental learning spaces take on a more flexible function as all can become places for learning, collaboration, individual space and active movement contained within the same space. Interior design layouts, now include a broader mix of hard and soft furniture made for school, work and home spaces. These spaces may also be equipped with a variety of making materials and technology tools appropriate to the age group of students. The redesign of these 21st-century learning spaces are most often crafted by teachers as a means to raise the level of creativity for all students within their face-to-face learning environment.

Why do schools need to change their learning spaces?
  • Today, most of our K-12 learning spaces in the United States are pedagogically founded and physically furnished in the reflection of late 20th century schools from the 1970's - 1990's. 

  • The learning environment needs to reflect the curriculum. As the United States slowly moves to more of an inquiry/project-based curriculum, the focus is shifting from educators mostly standing in front teaching, to guiding students in the learning process through inquiry, collaboration and making activities. 

  • We are moving from single subjects being taught at a specific time period, to integrated subjects designed through projects as students work together. This approach models the real world and much of our current world of work.

Information Packet 
Project Learning Spaces™ has endeavored to gather tax information related to its philanthropic projects. This effort to gather tax information is merely an attempt to make some tax related information conveniently available to people interested in Project Learning Spaces™ philanthropic projects and is not intended to be relied upon nor be a substitute for the advice of a tax advisor.  Each taxpayer should seek advice from an independent tax advisor with respect to any Federal tax issue(s), transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed, discussed or referenced herein based upon his, her or its particular circumstances.

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Who is leading this change?

Leading this change, one room at a time, are individual teachers and librarians who practice project/inquiry-based learning. These educators use technology and mix up how their space is set up on a regular basis and view physical space as a critical component for their students' well being and academic achievement. As a nonprofit organization, Project Learning Spaces™ is looking for these leading educators, along with the help of their supportive administrators. 


Donations by Business Partners to help create engaging learning spaces with our partnering schools

What is Project Learning Spaces' role in the donation process?


Project Learning Spaces™ partner's with businesses, organizations and/or individuals who want to directly help educators in their learning spaces. These partners donate new, overstock or sample furniture, or provide monetary donations for 'Teacher Grants' for furniture and technology to individual teachers in their current learning space. Project Learning Spaces™ does its homework and facilitates a match between a selected teacher's or librarian's need with a Teacher Grant directly to that educator, helping transform their current learning space.

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