Align to Thrive

Align to Thrive is a collaborative, interactive workshop to begin aligning a school or district’s learning ecosystem.

What's an aligned learning ecosystem?

An aligned learning ecosystem is one where vision, environment, and human capacity work together as interdependent parts to strengthen and sustain one another.

Human Capacity

Human capacity should cultivate unique pathways for success that are aligned to the vision and contribute to thriving learners. Ideally, this focuses more on relationships & growth and less on ranking and sorting.

Human capacity considers the roles for all people in the ecosystem, how to develop their capacity, and what motivates each individual (i.e. purpose, mastery, and autonomy).

Vision

A living vision is collectively owned and should uniquely capture the local context for equitable learning where all people are in a position to flourish.  More learner-centered; less school-centered.

Vision describes the philosophy of learning. It includes educational program & model, desired student outcomes, holistic school goals & mission, as well as core beliefs & values.

Environment

Environments should be designed for learner agency and collective well-being, ensuring that every child is seen, heard, valued, and loved. They should be more agile & welcoming; less rigid & institutional.

Environment considers how time and space are used to create a culture that aligns with the vision and allows people to grow their individual and social capacity.

What's the workshop experience?

Align to Thrive is a highly interactive virtual workshop comprised of two 75-minute virtual sessions. It is geared for schools and districts who are looking to build coherence around an aligned learning ecosystem.

Participants

Ideal for a single school or district community. Best for group between 10-25 including executive leadership team members and board members. Adding teachers and students can help garner additional perspectives to create buy-in.

Activities

  • Identifying misalignment activity
  • Back to the Future alignment experience
  • Healthy mix of full group and small breakout room discussions
  • Short between-sessions task
  • Dive into learning ecosystems

Takeaways

  • An Align to Thrive toolkit
  • List of community-sourced misalignments
  • Identifying root problems that become “the right problems to solve”
  • Customized alignment strategies

What's the purpose of the workshop?

Solve the Right Problem

We see similar versions of the same story all the time. Schools and districts want to make learning more student-centered, more equitable, more relevant for the 21st century, more connected to community… the list goes on and on. Trying to change education is not a new problem, but too often we hear that efforts by smart, capable, and hard working people fall short. Why is this?

Schools try to solve the wrong problem.

The right problem to solve is aligning your learning ecosystem so that vision, environment, and human capacity support and strengthen one another.

What are the objectives of the workshop?

Understand...

Understand the interdependent parts of your unique learning ecosystem

Recognize...

Recognize where your misalignments exist.

Build...

Build deeper coherence for the vision of your school or district.

So that...

Workshop Facilitators

Randy Fielding

Founding Partner at Fielding International, Randy has been creating environments where learners thrive for several decades, winning prestigious school design awards along the way. In Align to Thrive, Randy will share best design practices to move towards an aligned learning ecosystem. 

Dr. Erin Raab

Having recently completed her Ph.D. on education systems at Stanford University, Dr. Raab works to create more equitable systems for learning. In Align to Thrive, Dr. Raab will unpack how systems can be transformed by identifying the right problem to solve and questions to ask. 

Nathan Strenge

Senior Learning Designer at Fielding International and USA Country Lead at HundrED, Nathan approaches school design with an innovative educator lens. In Align to Thrive, Nathan will be the primary facilitator of the fun and engaging learning activities.

Case Study: The Alignment Journey

Fielding International architects and learning designers worked closely with Strathcona-Tweedsmuir in Alberta, Canada to align their vision and human capacity with a new school facility. Students, educators, and community members came together through facilitated workshops and planning to align their learning ecosystem by design.

This animation video was created to help teachers and students visualize the future of learning they helped to shape. We hope it helps others now see what can come out walking the walk of an alignment journey.

Align to Thrive can be the first step of your alignment journey.

Who We Are
Fielding International exists to make the world better by improving environments for learning. As an interdisciplinary team of architects and educators, we partner with school organizations to design learning spaces and experiences that promote student agency, enrich well-being, and cultivate authentic learning communities. With nearly two decades of award-winning educational facilities across 50+ countries, we remain deeply committed to reimagining the future of education alongside the communities we serve.

We're Here to Support You

To inquire about Fielding International customizing and conducting Align to Thrive at your district or school, please complete the form to the right.

Please reach out to nathan.strenge@fieldingintl.com
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