The Keystone Design Approach is a new architecture for learning. This framework builds a common vocabulary for the students and places the student as the central designer of their learning and life after high school. If one understands design principles, your whole way of thinking changes; it is a mindset that can be applied to every discipline. This approach engages the intellectual, emotional, and ethical pieces of learning. We teach students to become the architects of their lives.
“The statistics at Lake Wales High School were mediocre at best. In the past four years, however, those related to grades, college acceptance rates and overall behavior have drastically improved–and, the levels of student/student and student/staff respect have increased tremendously. I was absolutely astounded by the students’ honesty, integrity, and willingness to share their personal experiences.”
CLICK HERE to read Dr. Beresin’s article about the Keystone Project.
Using the Keystone approach as the driving organizing principle to redesign a school; every administrative decision that has been made has been guided by the understanding of design vocabulary: foundation, patterns, balance, symmetry, unity, harmony, scale, proportion, rhythm, contrast, structure, coherence, perspective, etc.. Taking each of these words and applying them to not just the built environment, but ensuring that every aspect of this school redesign is intentional.
Supporting Artifact: Culture of Hope on the Ridge
The deeper work in transforming a school occurs when a school begins to infuse the Keystone approach. The substantive changes occur when each discipline and the school as a whole are taught to think this way. It is not a quick fix, nor is it an artificial stretch to create some interdisciplinary unit, rather an approach that results in deep structural change.
Supporting Artifact: Keystone Vocabulary
Keystone builds a common vocabulary for the students and places the student as the central designer for life after high school. If one understands design principles, your whole way of thinking changes; it is a mindset that can be applied to every discipline. This approach engages the intellectual, emotional, and ethical pieces of learning. We teach students to become the architects of their lives.
Supporting Artifact: Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit
“The once-white walls of Lake Wales High School are plastered with inspirational and motivational quotes and pops of color that prod the hallways awake. But if you look in deeper — to the school’s schedule, to its student data, to its policies and personnel — much more than the building’s appearance has changed.“
“The kids are driving the change, too, and that’s what’s so amazing.” – Donna Dunson
CLICK HERE to read the entire article from the Lakeland Ledger.