Target Wants to Redesign Your School

Great Schools by Design is a program sponsored by the design savvy department store that matches school leaders with architectural innovation

In this age of accountability for teachers and testing achievement for students, it makes sense that school buildings should also meet 21st-century standards. However, many of the United States’ 120,000 schools are in disrepair or otherwise unsuited for today’s tech-savvy teaching. For the past two years, a program called Great Schools by Design, which is administered by the American Architectural Foundation and sponsored by the department store company Target, has been trying to change that. Working with 60 school districts, including some in the hurricane-ravaged areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the program matches school leaders with architectural innovation. This year the AAF/Target team has added a new program to its repertoire: the Redesign My School contest.

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