A Grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Matched by Proceeds from the 2014 Inspire! Auction Gala, Advances Two Exciting Projects: The Design Shop and Classrooms of the Future
A generous $100,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, matched by a portion of the funds raised at the 2014 Inspire! Auction Gala will create and improve classroom facilities at York. Creating flexible learning spaces is a top priority as they will support working in teams and collaboration -important 21st century skills. Improvements will start in the summer to be ready for the new school year.
The Design Shop: This workshop will be built in the School’s current facilities maintenance shop and will encourage hands-on learning, creativity, and innovation. With items such as laser-cutters, soldering irons, routers, and 3D scanners and printers, York students studying all subject areas – from science and math to history and art – will apply what they learn in the classroom by creating things in the Design Shop. This project will distinguish York as the first high school in the Monterey Bay area with dedicated “Makerspace” on campus. The Design Shop will be open for student use by fall 2014.
Renovated Classrooms: Through the renovation of existing classrooms, York is supporting collaboration and creativity through flexible learning spaces that provide for enhanced communication and project-based learning. Educational psychologists have argued for decades that students learn not by sitting and absorbing information but by discovering things for themselves, by “constructing” knowledge in social contexts. This has led to the adoption of “active” rather than “passive” learning in schools—class research projects, small-group discussions, and an emphasis on doing over lectures.
Our renovated classrooms have tables and chairs that allow students work in various configurations, from taking notes independently, to discussing a topic in small groups, to sharing ideas with an entire class in a round-table format. The teacher can switch, almost seamlessly, from lecturing to discussion, from direct instruction to collaborative modes. LCD screens, whiteboards, and electrical upgrades are also part of the renovations.