What are Flexible Learning Spaces?
Flexible learning spaces (FLS) are innovative classroom pieces that can be easily moved to facilitate independent study, small group collaboration, or total class interaction. Adaptability promotes student engagement and aids teachers in integrating technology. Flexible learning spaces have been utilized in colleges for years.
In 2017, we donated $20,000 to the Batesville Community School Corporation to fund a new pilot FLS space for BHS English teacher Paul Satchwill.
Survey results from students who were actively learning in one of these spaces showed an increase in creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. While many public education foundations are not sponsoring these pieces, our foundation thinks that the environment in which students learn is just as important as the content.
In 2018, we donated $30,000 to BCSC to purchase items for the third grade classrooms at BIS and the first grade classrooms at BPS, as well as $25,000 to renovate the old BHS wrestling room space into the new BCEF Bulldog Center.
In 2019, we awarded another check for $20,000 to BCSC for the sixth grade classrooms at BMS and toward the BIS media center.
In 2021, the old BMS choir room was converted to the Bulldog Collaboration Room. BCEF donated just over $23,000 for tables and seating that so the room can be used in a variety of ways, including staff meetings and classroom activities.
The Batesville Intermediate School was able to transform an outdated classroom space to a state-of-the-art STEAM lab in early 2023, thanks to a $25,000 donation from BCEF’s Annual Campaign. Before and after photos below.
Total donation to-date from BCEF for flexible learning spaces equals $143,300.