Schrader Sole Global
This is a core statement
that delineates the mission and vision of Schrader
Sole Global (SSG), an international educational facilities
organization that works with clients to help design effective teaching and
learning programming strategies and then
to work with Educational facilities designers, planners, and architects and
other stakeholders to design the physical facilities in which teaching and
learning will take place. Our goal is to create an essential
non-difference between the physical structure of the school and the
teaching/learning activities that take place within the walls.
Our strategies for action include designing affordable, sustainable, flexible educational facilities where the teaching and learning spaces will be able to accommodate individual learning styles and give teachers the ability to transform the many of those same spaces for multi-uses like quiet reflection, group activities, spaces for cooperative hands-on projects, more traditional pedagogical teaching, etc. as the needs arise. We are obviously not re-inventing the wheel here, as there are many fine educational facilities designers whose goal is to employ similar design concepts. We think that the critical difference between SSG and other educational facilities designers is that, in fact if not in theory, for most educational facilities designers function invariably follows form so that what we end up with are very aesthetically pleasing schools that are monuments to the design team but have ultimately missed the point of the structure in crucial ways. Before a shovel is turned, SSG authentically begins with the programming needs and involves all interested community partners every step of the way (including and especially students) in the design process, then uses design to inform teaching and learning. This powerful, open loop begins to blur the boundary between the physical facility and educational programming. We introduce Educational Commissioning at the very beginning of the process rather than at the end, where commissioning functions to address any problems in the design. Instead of "cleaning up the mess" at the conclusion of the design, this continuous quality educational programming check mitigates design problems as the design evolves.
For more information about the conceptual basis of Schrader Sole Global, read our article in the latest CEFPI Educational Facilities Planner Magazine...
Contact us here at Guerilla Educators let to see how Schrader Sole Global can help you help your students every step of the way to achieve at rigorous academic and social levels in teaching and learning spaces that enhance academic and social advancement.