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August 14, 2017, by Ed Melvin

Five Ways to Reimagine Boundaries: Outdoor education must be fun and must be safe. Here’s how to marry the two.

You’ve probably heard the age-old saying, “Think outside the box.” It insinuates that creativity, curiosity and imagination should be limitless, should transcend boundaries. And that’s a good thing when it comes to education; children of all ages should learn that when it comes to dreaming, their imaginations should be allowed to roam, unfettered. The only […]

August 9, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

Designing for Workplace Learning

Are you familiar with Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report? The annual study provides insight into the top 10 trends businesses believe are prevalent in the management, growth and development of their employees. Deloitte has five years’ worth of data on the topic, in addition to vast representation across industries and localities; in fact, more […]

August 1, 2017, by dthomas

9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey – A Student’s Perspective

Our One School’s Journey blog series covers our work with two Cincinnati high schools which will merge in 2018-19 to create a brand new institution, Mercy McAuley High School. During a two-day futurecasting session, the Mercy McAuley transition team heard presentations from different stakeholders on a variety of issues affecting the school and community’s future. […]

July 28, 2017, by Ed Melvin

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference Resources

  From the presentation, Design Process for Outdoor Learning Environments: Licensure and Certification Programs: Local Licensure: Public Health Law Center, state by state licensing law database National Association for the Education of Young Children:  Revised Criteria and Guidance for Assessment North American Association for Environmental Education:  Guidelines for Excellence:  Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs Safety […]

July 17, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Does Your Playground Sound Like?

Remove yourself from this moment and return to the time when you were nine years old, full of hope and wonder. Visit your favorite playground; maybe it is the school yard, the neighborhood park, an empty wooded lot or Grandma’s garden. What do you hear? What does your playground sound like? Little voices are calling […]

July 12, 2017, by John Noble

ON PUDDLES AND RIGOR: The Academic and Playful Act of Puddle-Jumping

Imagine a puddle in the courtyard of your school. Then imagine the ways in which it could inspire learning. That is the premise of a pair of short essays found in “The Hundred Languages of Children” (the catalog to an exhibit on Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy). These essays came to my mind after reading several […]

June 30, 2017, by Jeff Parker

Short Boards: an innovative tool for design thinking

Educators today are thinking ever more broadly and ever more creatively about learning and what it should look like to best prepare students for an unknown future. To prepare young minds for the challenges (and opportunities) of a future dominated by the magnitude of the unknown, Design Thinking is becoming an exciting framework on which […]

June 29, 2017

Jim Steed. The passing of an SHP icon.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Jim Steed, the heart and soul of SHP, formerly known as Steed Hammond Paul. Born July 13, 1924 he passed away June 28, 2017 just shy of his 93rd birthday. Jim left a lasting legacy of iconic projects but more importantly he changed the […]

June 29, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Is a Playground For?

What is a playground for? Fun, certainly. Exploration, without a doubt. Discovery and curiosity, yes and yes! Whatever the answer to this question, it is clear a playground should not be an afterthought, a leftover piece of land with some equipment, fall protection and very little thought. Rather, it should be understood to be an […]

June 21, 2017, by dthomas

9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey

When considering the concept behind the 9 Billion Schools movement – to deliver personalized learning for all, as a matter of both human dignity and one’s ability to flourish – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the immensity of the challenge. How can we truly accomplish such a feat? What shifts must occur in our […]

June 20, 2017, by SHP Leading Design

9 Billion Schools Video Series: Part Two

We recently produced a four-part video series that explains what the 9 Billion Schools movement is, how it came to be and what we hope it will inspire. The videos feature Lauren Della Bella, the president of SHP Leading Design, and Brian David Johnson, an acclaimed author and futurist. In the first video, both Lauren […]