Transformation Think Tank and 21st Century Education
Mission: To make well vetted, curriculum aligned, sustainable recommendations to the administrative team, based on sound practices to transform student learning in Ludington Area Schools.
Goals: The Transformation Think Tank Committee will analyze current and innovative teaching and learning practices, current and innovative learning and work facilities, as well as trends and directions of education and the labor force to establish specific going forward transformational changes to implement in Ludington Area Schools. This will lead to the development of a master facilities plan that will address the outcomes of the Think Tank Process.
You may access all committee meeting agendas, meeting notes and committee feedback, site visit pictures, research and driving questions, and the group's discussion forum by visiting the following web page: http://bit.ly/lasdthinksite.
After completing a site visit to the Learning and Innovation Center at Steelcase in Grand Rapids, the Transformation Think Tank Committee learned about classroom and space design, and how these elements impact student engagement and learning. The following links provide studies that are grounded in research based 21st century education strategies:
- How Classroom Design for Learning Impacts Student Engagement
- Space Design for Active Classroom Learning Environments
- New Classroom Design for 21st Century Learning Spaces
- Rethinking the Classroom: Spaces Designed for Active and Engaged Learning
After completing site visits to many notably successful school districts, the Transformation Think Tank created the following list of priorities to be considered by LASD:
2018 Master Facilities Assessment: GMB Architecture and Engineering and The Christman Company
The five (5) year Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board of Education on January 19, 2015 called for the creation of a committee of administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and community members to develop a long term facilities plan through consultation with a construction management company and an architect and engineer. This plan also called for the development of a facilities improvement plan that evaluates the cost effectiveness of upgrading existing facilities vs. new construction. Due to the size of the document, you may view the facilities assessment in four (4) separate parts below. The assessment was developed by GMB Architecture and Engineering, in partnership with The Christman Company, and was provided at no cost to the District.
- Master Facilities Assessment: Part One (1)
- Master Facilities Assessment: Part Two (2)
- Master Facilities Assessment: Part Three (3)
- Master Facilities Assessment: Part Four (4)
Presentations to the Community and Board of Education
- Facilities Assessment Update to the Transformation Think Tank Committee - April 25, 2018
- Community Transformation Think Tank Meeting Feedback - April 25, 2018
- Facilities Assessment Update to the Board of Education - May 21, 2018
- Facilities Development Update to the Community - May 31, 2018
- Feedback from the Community Forum on Facilities and Alternative Funding Options - May 31, 2018
- Pro Forma Financial Estimates, Estimated Millage Study, and Comparable District Taxable Value
- Estimated Annual Tax Bill Chart - (Assumes 1.5 Millage Increase; Generates $100 Million Par Bond Amount in Two (2) Series for Capital Improvement) - June 12, 2018
- Presentation to Community Forum - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum Design Scenarios F, G, H - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum on Facilities: Athletic Options - June 27, 2018
- Feedback from the Community Forum on Facilities - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum Presentation on September 25, 2018
- Community Forum Presentation on October 10, 2018
- Homestead vs. Non-homestead Properties: Impact of a 1.50 mill Debt Service Millage Increase
- Comparable Peer Districts and Peer Notably Success Districts Annual Disclosure Statements
Community Feedback Survey
As we look to the future of educating our community’s children, it’s important to understand and
plan for how our district will continue to provide the best possible environments for their learning and development. Teaching and learning look much different today than when our school buildings were constructed and renovated.
Diverse student instructional needs have expanded and can be better supported with physical and academic environments that inspire 21st century student learning. We have developed some questions for our community to answer to help us in this process as we move forward. Please take a few moments to complete the following 10 minute survey. Your input is valued and very important to this process.
Ludington Area Schools is committed to listening to constituent stakeholders, while also
addressing the 21st century learning needs of our students and greater school community. Please click the link below to provide feedback to the District. Thank you!
- Monday, October 15, 2018: Board of Education Meeting at Ludington High School