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Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind

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Enrolled students must take and pass the short quiz in order to earn CE credits. In addition, this course Calming the School Environment: Creating That Just Right Feeling needs to be self-reported. Self-reporting information will be accessible once you complete the Quiz.

What would a school look like if it was designed with mental health in mind?

Too many public schools look and feel like prisons, but we know that nurturing environments are better for learning. Research consistently shows that access to nature, big classroom windows, and open campuses reduce stress, anxiety, disorderly conduct, and crime, and improve academic performance. But too few school designers and decision-makers apply this research to create healthy schools. In her book, Schools That Heal, Claire details the myriad opportunities—from furniture to classroom improvements to whole campus renovations—to make supportive learning environments for our children and teenagers.

Schools That Heal is available through Island Press in book and e-book form.

For more information: https://islandpress.org/books/schools-heal

What you will learn

  1. Understand the reasons why designing for mental health is important.
  2. Understand some of the research on why the school environment makes a difference.
  3. Identify strategies to use in designing for mental health.
  4. Learn about the triple benefits the strategies have for mental, physical, and public health.
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