Reopening Classrooms With ‘Equity by Design’: How One NYC School Network Partnered With Architects

This story originally appeared in The74 on July 29, 2020 by Tim Newcomb.

With their students stuck in their homes for months on end, the leaders of the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools know that the return to school in the fall will bring a range of challenges, logistical as well as emotional.

Seeking a solution that promotes learning in the best environment for all students, staff and families, Brooklyn LAB created the Equity by Design project, linking together leading school thought leaders, architects and designers to create a Back to School Facilities Tool Kit, to map a safe journey from home to school, and an Instructional Program Scheduling Map, a blueprint for how to best rearrange teams of educators and groups of students for safe, in-person instruction.