Rockford Public Schools Brings SCALE-UP Model to High School Students

By Tom Van de Griend
K-12 Education technology

Rockford Public Schools’ Creative Teaching and Learning Center (CTLC) mimics the world of work. Designed using the SCALE-UP instruction model for higher education, this innovative center puts students at the heart of the curriculum. Rockford’s CTLC is a one-of-a-kind, student-centered space that is only high school-level use of SCALE-UP in the state of Michigan. The goal of the CTLC is to provide opportunities for students to embed 21st century skills into their everyday learning through collaboration, problem solving, and large-group active learning.

Tom Van de Griend, AIA, LEED AP

Tom Van de Griend has more than 30 years of experience with GMB as an educational architect. One of Tom’s greatest strengths is his ability to interpret a client’s functional and budgetary goals into creative and innovative solutions. Tom’s extensive knowledge of design theory informs his research-driven approach to design projects that achieve both form and function.