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Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders/Reimagining PK-12 Schools for the 4th Industrial Revolution: A New Design DNA for Schools

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Hope Club (Zoom Available)


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Monthly Dinner/Speaker Series

Thursday, April 20, 2023


at the Hope Club

Six Benevolent Street, Providence R.I.

Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders

Reimagining PK-12 Schools for the 4th Industrial Revolution:

A New Design DNA for Schools Globally

Jay Litman Presenting

For years Education Planners and Architects have discussed and tested design ideas for new schools built in the rapidly unfolding 21st century. But while ideas about transforming the curriculum and expanding the pedagogical toolkit evolved, the notion of how the design a new school should be organized remained static. This session will present the elements of a new programming language for creating new PK-12 Schools.

As 2023 begins, we look around and realize we are no longer designing schools for the children of tomorrow. We are now in the first years of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Or perhaps we should call this the Fourth Technological Revolution? Architects, planners, educators, and administrators must realign their design ideas to create teaching and learning environments relevant for the children of this new age. But what is this new age we have entered? How did we get here? What hard academic and soft social skills do our children and grandchildren need to be successful in this new era? How must the learning environment of PK-12 schools evolve to get them there? We now have all the design and pedagogical tools we need to create a learning environment to support truly liberated learners. Let's get to it!

Read the full Abstract here

For the past 17-years Jay J. Litman has been a studio Principal and then a Partner with Fielding International, a global leader in the planning and design of educational facilities. He has been a major contributor to the success of the firm, within the field of education architecture here in the US and around the world. Jay’s professional experience has focused primarily on the planning and design of PreK-12 educational facilities, post-secondary school facilities, campus planning, public libraries, and team designs for the workplace. He is deeply involved in the emerging theories of project-based, collaborative teaching and learning that is reshaping the language of modern school design. Throughout Jay’s 45-year career, he has advocated a workshop-driven approach for the design of new schools and school campuses both in the United States and internationally.

Effective January 2023 Jay will be stepping back from active participation with Fielding International. As Partner Emeritus, he will continue to provide strategic guidance to the firm and consult with them directly on projects when his expertise is needed. He will continue as Architect-of-Record for the two groundbreaking school projects the firm is currently completing for Cranston Public Schools in RI. In April 2023, Jay will be opening a new kind of architectural practice named “Litman Architecture/Educational Consulting Group.” This new company will be able to tackle the many facets of the changes necessary to continue the global momentum of school reform.

Per person:

Member's and their Guests $55.00

Non-Members $60.00


Zoom Presentation Only $10.00

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