Oliver School Building Project

Oliver School Building Planning: Visioning Community Meeting One Agenda

Please join us from 8:00 – 10:00 AM or 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Monday, September 23, 2019 for a community meeting to discuss priorities for the design of the learning environments in the renovated and/or new Oliver school building. The meeting, which will be run by New Vista Design and SMMA, will be an engaging and hands-on session designed to inform the Oliver school building design process as connected to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Feasibility Study. 

Participants will learn about the educational and architectural priorities established by the Oliver Partnership (OPS) and UP Academy Oliver (UAO) administrators, teachers and students during a Visioning Workshop held on June 6, 2019 and will have the opportunity to share their own ideas and priorities. 

We understand that this is a very busy time of year, but we welcome and encourage you to add your voices to this important discussion!  Translation will be available, as will free childcare for the 4:00pm session. 

Workshop Location

Oliver Partnership School gymnasium, 183 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01841

Workshop Focus Areas

  • Overview of the MSBA Feasibility Study process
  • Priority Goals for the School project
  • Forward-thinking Teaching and Learning Practices envisioned for OPS and UAO’s academic, enrichment and extra-curricular programs, now and in the future
  • 21st Century Design Patterns that innovative schools around the country have put into practice in order to make their forward-thinking learning goals come alive on the level of facility design
  • Concept Designs developed by the Design Team thus far

Community Meeting Invite English | Community Meeting Invite Spanish


Agenda

  1. Introduction and Overview 15 min
    • Overview of MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) Feasibility Study Process and Timeline
  2. Priority Goals 30 min
    • Sharing of Priority Goals identified by teachers, administrators and students during Educational Visioning Workshops
    • Brainstorming and recording of community participants’ priorities
  3. Future Ready Teaching and Learning 25 min
    • Sharing of Future Ready Learning Goals and Strategies identified by teachers, administrators and students during Educational Visioning Workshops
    • Brainstorming and recording of community participants’ educational goals
  4. ​​​Design Patterns and Possibilities 30 min
    • Sharing of desired Design Patterns identified by teachers, administrators and students during Educational Visioning Workshops
    • Brainstorming and recording of community participants’ desired Design Patterns
  5. Site Selection and Q&A 20 min
    • Sharing of Concept Designs developed by the architectural design team thus far
    • Participant feedback and initial thoughts and concerns

Community Meeting One Agenda English | Community Meeting One Agenda Spanish


 

 

Workshop One Overview and Notes - June 6, 2019

On June 6, 2019, a group of approximately 25 Lawrence Public Schools, OPS and UAO administrative leaders, teachers, students, parents, and community partners participated in an Educational Visioning Workshop run by New Vista Design and SMMA. The workshop was the first of a number of anticipated collaborative sessions designed to inform the Oliver Partnership School Feasibility Study and design process. Participants were led through a step-by-step visioning process aimed at capturing their best thinking about OPS’s and UAO’s current and future educational goals and priorities, and connecting them to best practices and possibilities in innovative school facility design.

June 6 English Meeting Notes | June 6 Spanish Meeting Notes


Glossary of Terms

This glossary is intended for individuals associated with or interested in the planning and design of school facilities (School Committees, politicians, the interested public) who may not be familiar with terms currently used by educators, educational planners and architects. Definitions are kept short. For some terms, you may choose to obtain deeper definitions or examples.

English Glossary of Terms | Spanish Glossary of Terms