In 2013-2014, the MVRHS School Council called for a committee of “staff, students, parents, and community members” to “make recommendations for a newly designed 21st century library” by “visiting other high school and town libraries”, and “investigating the latest research recommendations for libraries”. The goal was to “make recommendations to the School Committee at the end of the school year”. (Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Improvement Plan: 2013-2014 Update) Upon completion of this work, the Committee recommended that a diverse range of learning spaces are a critical need for students and faculty at MVRHS. These formed the foundation of the design for the Global Learning Commons. We partnered with Fielding Nair International, a world-renowned educational design firm. Their design is here:
- MVRHS Global Learning Center Proposed Design (Fielding Nair International)
- Recommendations of the Library Improvement Committee to the School Committee, 2014
- Capital Improvement Plan
- Long-Range Plan
On any given school day, students are reading, researching, and writing. We are also actively building projects, shooting video, recording podcasts and music, prototyping with 3D printing, presenting TED-style talks, coding, and inventing in the MVRHS library. We are working alone and in groups of all sizes. We can’t do all of these well in the space that we have. We need up-to-date learning spaces that the whole school can use. This is our vision for a Global Learning Center.