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National Center

for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse

National Center

for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse


Mission Statement

The National Center for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse supports the planning, design, and construction of school facilities from a learner-centered perspective through communication, research, and training.



Recruiting for the Fall 2012 cohort of the Advanced Certificate Program in Educational Facilities has begun. Click here for details.

Announcing the publication of an article entitled Agile and Information-Rich Learning Environments by James Seaman, AIA, LEED AP member of the 2009-10 Advanced Certificate Program Cohort.  Congratulations James!

Announcing the publication of Breaking the Mold of School Instruction and Organization: Innovation and Successful Practices for the Twenty-First Century (Rowan and Littlefield).

For more information, click here.


Advanced Certificate Program: (September 2010). The third cohort of students from the Advanced Certificate Program celebrated graduation at the annual CEFPI conference in San Jose, CA (http://www.cefpi.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3335) Congratulations to this group of educational facilities professionals!


2009-2010 Cohort Graduates click here for pdf.

Journal of Educational Administration Building high quality schools for learners and communities. The Journal of Educational Administration, 47, 3. This issue examines what we know about the influence of educational places upon students’ learning, as well as the role the public plays in shaping those learning spaces and joining the community of learners. It includes researchers who have been active in the study of school facilities over the past 20 years, as well as younger researchers who are bringing new questions, methodologies, and conceptualizations to this endeavor.  Researchers invited to participate in this issue span the fields of public policy, urban planning, education, architecture, and sociology, presenting research and practice that is international in scope.


Journal of Educational Administration cover

The Walls Speak research continues as the National Center for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse explores the effects of school renovation with a new study that begins in September 2008. A paper on this research will be presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting in San Diego (April 2009) titled, "Improving the Physical and Social Environment of School: The Effects of Building Renovation on Teaching and Learning."


Certificate Program Graduates 2010


graduate list

Click to view 2010 photo gallery

Click to view 2009 photo gallery


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October 17, 2011