Danish Designer Works with Educators to Re-Imagine Learning Spaces for Student Success

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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Lene Jensby Lange, founder of Autens, says teachers no longer want to teach in a traditional classroom.

Traditional classrooms foster a “same-size-fits-all philosophy” that does not support the unique ways different students learn. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Lene Jensby Lange, the founder of Autens based in Denmark, discusses the Learning Space Design Lab, a model that shows how teachers and students can work collaboratively, playfully, and productively. “We aim to create inspired design briefs for future-oriented schools... developed and supported by the whole organization – and we aim to simultaneously kick-start the professional development required to work in those spaces.” After participating in the Learning Space Design Labs, teachers no longer want to teach in a traditional classroom. “It’s been a powerful lever for joint decisions of change,” says Jensby Lange.

According to Jensby Lange, school buildings have been developed traditionally by building committees with only a handful of teachers present and architects making most of the decisions. She believes that building and interior designs are all about creating a collaborative, modern learning culture. “It’s crucial to involve the entire teaching staff when we make decisions around something as significant as the buildings and interiors that help shape what we are able to do in those buildings.”

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Lene Jensby Lange is the founder and CEO of Autens, a leading Danish consultancy dedicated to re-imagining creative learning spaces. She also co-leads the Global School Alliance, which focuses on improving worldwide education.

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