PALMDALE — Joshua Hills Elementary School Future Learning Environment was recognized by American School and University for outstanding design.

Joshua Hills’ renovation was among the 2019 American School & University winners for Educational Interiors Showcase under Interior Renovation.

Joshua Hill’s renovation was featured in the August 2019 edition of the magazine and online at schooldesigns.com. The annual competition honors excellence in educational interiors and facility planning.

Two kindergarten and two first-grade classrooms were transformed into Future Learning Environments. The rooms pop with bold orange stripes that reach up to the ceiling from the walls.

“They have the wobble stools,” Principal Michelle White said. “They have the tables that roll so you can form different groups, and they have floor puffs that they can sit on with clipboards. Some classrooms have bean bags so there are options for kids.”

The school also got repainted.

“They’re working on a makerspace for us right now,” White said.

In addition, the school’s playground will get a makeover. It will also get an electronic marquee.

Pasadena-based consultant High Performance Learning Environments Inc. designed the school.

The District hired the consulting firm in 2016 to provide facility master planning services to assist the district with the preparation of a comprehensive master plan to modernize school facilities with 21st century learning environments.

The District’s governing Board approved the student-centric plan in 2017.

Joshua Hills Elementary is the first project under Measure PSD, the $80 million bond measure passed by local voters in November 2016. Joshua Hills will serve as a prototype for Future Learning Environments in the District.

“Having flexibility to offer students different work stations to transition from helps students understand how they learn. The students become co-designers of their curriculum,” HPLE CEO and Principal Jaime Ortiz said in a statement.

The Future Learning Environment has flexible and functional features that include walls with alternating tackable and white board surfaces, TeachLogic microphones and audio systems to help increase student comprehension and performance while lessening strain on the teacher’s voice; interactive Promethean Boards,and Apple iPads for each student.

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