I am honored to be invited to serve as a Senior Education and S.T.E.M. Consultant with Fielding Nair International. Fielding Nair (FNI) is widely heralded as the best school design and architecture firm in the world. FNI does not just build boxes for children, they view their mission as “Change Agents for Education.”
Three years ago, I met FNI partner Prakash Nair at the first Educon and was blown away by his passion for progress and knowledge of learning theory. I rarely meet education scholars who know as much about the history of school reform or how learning occurs as Prakash does.
I am quite fortunate in that my work takes me to public, private, charter and international schools around the world. I work in hundred year-old buildings and brand new schools. One of my clients is a brand new 500,000 square feet international school. I am often amazed by how new schools continue to be constructed ignoring all of the lessons of the past and doing little to prepare for the future of learning.
Spend some time watching the videos of Fielding Nair’s work or tour some of their design projects and you are sure to be impressed. It’s an honor to join old friends and respected educators, like Dr. Stephen Heppell, on the FNI team. I look forward to helping them change the world for kids.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.