Planning with Purpose in Use of Space and Time

District team will build data-driven plans to lead change in their district using the Future Ready Framework around Use of Space and Time.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The District team will leverage human capacity, identify actionable strategies and next steps, and develop a data-driven plan that would use space and time to support personalized learning in schools.

Method Components

The Future Ready Schools: Use of Space and Time micro-credential is part of the Planning with Purpose stack of the Future Ready Schools micro-credentials. It is designed to support district teams as they build data-driven plans to lead change in their districts using the Future Ready Framework.

What is the Use of Space and Time Gear?

The Use of Space and Time gear points out that student-centric learning requires changes in the way instructional time is used. There are new opportunities for using in-school and out-of-school time and for leveraging approaches such as competency-based learning to make learning more personalized and accessible. These new opportunities employ technology to meet the needs, pace, interests, and preferences of the learner. Future Ready Use of Space and Time is made possible through innovative technology that assesses student learning, manages learning, engages students, disseminates content, and provides the infrastructure to encourage flexible, anytime, anywhere learning opportunities.

Components of Planning with Purpose in Use of Space and Time

  • Leverage human capacity in the district to support the development and implementation of a Future Ready Action Plan
  • Identify actionable strategies and next steps for implementation by reviewing resources, best practices and district data within the Future Ready Dashboard
  • Develop a data-driven plan that includes strategic use of space and time to support the realization of personalized learning in schools

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Brooks, D. C. Walker, J. D. and Whiteside, A. (2010, September 22). Making the Case for Space: Three Years of Empirical Research on Learning Environments. EDUCAUSE Review
  • Carter, D., Sebach, G., and White, M. (2016). What’s in Your Space? 5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design. Corwin. Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Nair, Prakash. (2014). Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning. Harvard Educational Publishing Group. Cambridge, MA.
  • Tyner, Kathleen. Literacy in a Digital World: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Information. Routledge, 2014.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

The items in this following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. An educator will need to receive a “yes” evaluation for Parts 1, 2, and 3 to earn the micro-credential.

Part 1. Overview Questions

  • List the district team members who contributed to the plan for Use of Space and Time gear. Why was it important to involve these people?

Part 2. Work Examples/Artifacts

Please submit the following artifacts:

  • Your Use of Space and Time gear assessment. Describe how your team used the data from the self-assessment to inform your plan?
  • Create and upload your plan for Use of Space and Time gear. You can provide a brief description of the strategies as needed. (Reference the Future Ready Dashboard for strategies and ideas as you plan.)

Part 3: Reflection or Other Type of Additional Assessment

Describe how the assessment data informed your district’s approach to becoming a Future Ready School in Use of Space and Time? How will you build your internal capacity to implement the plan for the Use of Space and Time gear?

The Future Ready Schools micro-credentials were developed with support from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.

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