Co-work space/coffee shop for Parents, Teachers, and Students

Carve out a space on campus where students, teachers, and parents can all come to work and interact. Coffee and Tea can be offered/sold

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M-F 12:00-6:00PM parents, students and teachers can share a workspace. Small meetings can take place as well as impromptu conversations. In sharing this physical space with a shared purpose of "doing work" on this campus, participants will feel more connected. Furniture must be moveable, space must be flexible, and light must pour in. The furnishings and décor should reflect the mood that the school wishes to set. Personally, I think a "makerspace/coffee shop" theme would be spot on: playful, colorful, and comfortable.

Expected behaviors should be co created with the community of users.

Share research or student experiences that informed your idea!

When parents, students, and teachers come together on a more frequent basis, they learn more about each other than they realize. It has been said, "Once you have heard someone's story, it is hard not to love them." I suggest here that once you have shared in the experience of someone's story, it is hard not to understand them.

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I love this idea, as it opens school up. In a safe way as Jeremy McDonald mentioned. I think this can be easily done by having people sign up and get checked.
Schools are still far too closed still - I look forward to hearing more about this and seeing it develop. I can imagine parents/carers and students working, collaborating (when appropriate) and creating innovated material right there.

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Cool idea to make the school facilities more welcoming. I wonder if parents could help with homework and tutoring?

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Hi Laura Cole I absolutely love this idea! Welcome to the challenge! I teach marketing in a suburb of Austin, TX and I am obsessed with spaces that foster community and collaboration. I am currently in the process of co-creating an entrepreneurial incubator space with one of my students and I'd never considered the implications this could have for parents as well. I would love to chat more about this and continue to build on your idea. Feel free to follow me on twitter and we can collaborate there if you'd like! @yungtiffanie

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Adding students to the space is interesting but I wonder how you would handle child protection? Also, how would you manage parents who are "enthusiastic" in their willingness to speak with teachers? A great idea though!!!!

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We would need to co create expectations in the space. And of course SAFETY is required in a school setting. We would need some sort of secure "check-in/sign-in" process. background checks possibly..
Participants do have to earn the right to join the community space.

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Our school has a little coffee/tea area where parents and teachers routinely converse. It’s way less stressful to parents than meeting in a classroom or office.

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I always loved school, but back early on in my career, I was talking to one of my mentor principal friends about challenges engaging parents. She saw a lot of parents come intense or angry all because they had bad school experiences. Creating a space that is friendly and not a typical "school space" is a great idea.

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I like the idea of reimagining the School Community: Learning Community.