NEXT.cc

NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does and why design is important through over 100 journeys.

Each NEXT.cc journey may be associated with scales:

and subjects:

Workshops

green imagination workshops

Greening imagination is a systemic process that needs to be nurtured in classes and communities. The best hope for learning to live in more sustainable ways lies in new ways of learning about human ecology and the environment across the curriculum. Experience of the natural world; learning how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; recognizing implications of the ways we feed and provide for ourselves; and knowing well the places where we live, work, learn and play are essential to becoming eco literate. Teachers are in a prime position to connect culture of place with sense of purpose in the work of their students. NEXT.cc introduces journeys, transdisciplinary activities and measures to green existing school curriculum, campuses and communities. NEXT.cc supports teachers and students with age-appropriate learning opportunities based on State and Federal Learning Standards including the National Research Council National Science Education Standards, North American Association for Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence, Common Core State Standards and Federal programs such as No Child Left Behind and No Child Left Inside.

Green Imagination Workshops embed systems thinking in scales of investigation. Participants learn directed, supportive and collaborative inquiry based design strategies for working with diverse audiences. Participants mix physical and digital exploration of the the wonder and workings of the built and natural worlds while creating place based projects.
Green Imagination Workshops are held at diverse institutions of learning- schools, museums, libraries, museums and centers.
Green Your School Two Hour Workshop

Happy Earth Day! on Twitpic
Workshops

meet appropriate national and state content and performance-based standards
establish rigorous standards of excellence (for schools, museums, libraries)
are developed with content and pedagogy experts (consulting practitioners, administrators and educators)

We collaborate individually with each new community to tune green initiatives with their specific needs and desires that will motivate and move individuals and organizations to a higher habit of mind. NEXT.cc posts a calendar of scheduled workshops, workshop photos and short workshop videos below.

green cities green schools

NEXT.cc's Green Cities Green Schools Workshops for Science, Art and Math teachers offer introduction to smart growth guidelines and sustainable development practices that can support their teaching and school and community project based learning opportunities. Study of systems connections of material processes and energy exchanges create an atmosphere of purposeful conversation and reflection about complex environmental issues facing society. Participants leave equipped with resources for a ten-step assessment (water, energy, food, air quality, paper, cleaning, lighting) of their schools, campuses and communities.


Green Your School Two Hour Workshop

green school yard project
Are you interested in bringing sustainable practices to your school? Look at our Green Schools journey and Outdoor Classrooms journey. Our relationship with nature and the big outdoors has changed radically in the last one hundred years. Even more pertinent to the change from the walk to school is busing. Almost 50% of the K12 population is now bussed to school. Imagine going from the interior of a home to the interior of a bus to the interior of a school with only thirty minutes to eat lunch, socialize and run on an asphalt play yard before returning to school, bus and home. Recess is understood as a place to ‘let off steam’ before returning to learning in a desk in a classroom. In addition, a recent NPR program stated that middle school children spend an average of only 15 minutes a week in unstructured out door activity.

Schools in the United States for the most part, provide nature deprived school campuses and curriculum. Most school campuses consist of buildings placed on grass lawns stripped of any native vegetation. Asphalt parking lots and playgrounds with recreational sport fields complete most campuses. Gone are any signs of the prairies or wetlands or forests that existed before the school was established. This school layout is typical across the United States. Richard Louv, author of Last Child Left in the Woods: Nature Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle starts his books with the quote from a 4 year old, “ Mommy I’d rather play inside where there are more electrical outlets.”

Outdoor environments provide a critical opportunity to address contemporary challenges.
childhood obesity
preoccupation with electronic media
restriction from open-ended outdoor “free” play time
disconnection from nature

The Green School Yard Project is a collaboration between garden educators and architects to raise awareness, understanding and application of learning opportunities outside. Outdoor environments provide a critical opportunity to connect with National Environmental Education Standards and ‘leave no child inside’.
experience of living systems
exploration of interdependency
full sensory learning
fresh air
movement
engagement with place
wonder

The Green School Yard Project shares research and best practices from environmentally and place based project learning schools that connect young imaginations on a daily basis with the big outdoors. The Green School Yard Project offers professional development for school boards and teachers in connecting curriculum to outdoor activities. Research has shown that teachers that are actively engaged in choosing curriculum to take place outside or more likely to continue to teach outside on a regular basis. The Green School Yard Project shares research from Sharon Danks, author of Asphalt to Eco Systems; Eric Nelson, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms, The Outdoor Classroom Project; Sharon G. Solomon, American Playgrounds, Cultivating Community Space; and Roy Diblik, Small Perennial Gardens, Know Maintenance Approach; Richard Louv, The Nature Principle; and Linda Keane, co-founder and director of NEXT.cc, an environmental stewardship place based project curriculum. It offers collaboration between K12 educators, garden educators, environmental designers, landscape architects and architects to raise awareness, understanding and application of learning opportunities outside. The Green School Yard Project initiated a series of national webinars to transform school design with outdoor learning in outdoor places on school grounds.

The Green School Yard Project offers design of + outdoor environments + teacher education and activities + children education and activities + free access to place based project learning. Professional development for teachers introduces changes in 21st century learning, opportunities for engaging diverse learner types, and place based project learning that can move teacher directed teaching to teacher facilitated and student led inquiry.

The Green School Yard Project empowers schools to create outdoor classrooms with multiple activity areas and works with teachers to deliver curriculum outdoors.

architecture and design workshops

In spring of 2013, the Keanes re-initiated the K12 Architecture and Design Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The ACSA, with its academic mission to raise awareness, develop understanding and provide application opportunities for college students in the design fields of architecture, interior architecture and design, landscape architecture and urban planning, needs to reconnect architecture students with the very public that the field(s) deem to serve. The Keanes brought together a panel of architecture schools and architecture programs to re- introduce the subject of place based design project learning. Linda Keane, AIA, introduced the session and led the panel discussion.

design as nature

NEXT.cc’s Design As Nature Teacher Workshops offer hands on introduction to what design is, what it does and why it is important to our future economies. Workshops start with an interactive presentation on changes in learning and teaching followed by a two part project based sessions. Participants work on the computer, in the classroom and imagine community based efforts while taking virtual filed trips, accessing interactive programs, and learning about contemporary global practices. Participants observe, analyze, diagram, and experiment quick exercises that move fluidly between physical and digital learning. Workshops are centered on themes such as Fashion and Architecture, Envisioning Imagination, Lines Are Everywhere, Design in the City, Spaces and Places, All About Food, etc. Workshops are individually tuned to fit the need of a school district, museum or library group. Workshops are available in various lengths: 90 minutes, 3 hours, whole day, or two days. Workshops are available for CPU credits.

design education

NEXT.cc’s Design Education Institute facilitates hands-on design (math, science, art, engineering) workshops through an environmental design lens. Using place based design projects, NEXT.cc enhances learning opportunities in school communities. Design Institutes offer a series of scheduled workshops over an agreed upon period of time to interested constituents that seek a greater grounding in design thinking, design making and design practice. NEXT.cc offers contemporary methodologies and hands on experience of design activities that teachers can deliver in the classroom. Developed from weekly lectures of SAIC's Eco Design Class in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, Design Institutes are available to administrators, teachers, non-formal educators and community mentors. Participants leave introduced to directed, supported and independent inquiry processes equipped with online access to design curriculum that can be used across traditional curriculum in project based, place based activities. We desire not to just describe the world of design but to encourage design of the world conditions to create change.

STEAM by Design

STEM Teaching (Science + Technology + Engineering + Math) supports students with the necessary skills to prepare them for technological career challenges of the 21st century. Teaching design as an active practice, learning from the world, engaging the world and improving the world, transforms STEM objectives into STEAM objectives (Science + Technology + Engineering + Environment + Art + Math).


TEDx STEAM by DESIGN
STEAM by Design The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Teacher Toolkit Keynote 2013
STEM + Our Planet Poster National Environmental Education Foundation
STEM Education Data and Trends

place based curriculum

Design education is a socially constructed landscape that connects teachers and students with their immediate communities. Because everything is designed in the classroom, around the school campus and in the school’s community, students need to encouragement to experience the wonder of their immediate natural and built world. This is an important first step in engaging with a place and creating place-based learning experiences. Placemaking is a design tool that creates a sense of ownership in a public place by attracting and connecting people to a specific location. While space is defined as an area, a place is an attraction and a destination. Without public space there is no public life. Most cities are defined by their public spaces. Public spaces often symbolize a school, a community, a city or an entire society’s identity. Integration of place making design projects allows students to learn from their immediate surroundings and connects them to a specific location at a specific time. Placemaking offers an array of investigative tools - activity and behavior mapping, interviewing, counting and tracking of use as well as environmental mapping.

NEXT.cc creates transdiciplinary projects to connect learning standards across traditional subjects with school communities.
We deliver hands-on, interactive understanding of project-based design methodologies experience design teaching and learning with design educators (including strategies and assessments) assist schools and school staff in the planning of place specific design curriculum to assist students in connecting themselves and their friends with the world of design and design of the world.

workshop types

NEXT.cc is a 501 c 3 and operates on workshop and curriculum consulting honoraria, grant funding, private and public donations. Workshop prices are calibrated by type and length, travel distance and time. Housing and transportation costs are in addition to workshop fees. Curriculum consulting is on a school by school basis. Discounts are available for workshops coinciding with state and regional educator conferences or through other grant-funded opportunities. Workshop and institute fees:

For scheduling and inquiry, contact Linda Keane, AIA, NEXT.cc Director; 414-332-4381 lkeane@next.cc

Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB and NEXT.cc staff lead NEXT.cc Workshops. The Keanes, artists, architects, and co-creators of NEXT.cc are leaders in design education. Their STUDIO 1032 combines environmental design with architecture in green initiatives along the Milwaukee- Chicago corridor. Bringing design to the public with films and publications, their award winning animations have been shown on PBS and nationally and internationally at conferences, museums and film festivals. Mark is Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Linda is Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Together they have over fifty combined years of teaching and curriculum development and sustainable design practice. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Architects and Design Educators Network, the Public Broadcasting System and the Graham Foundation have recognized their design publications and workshops. In 2009, Mark received the American Institute of Architects Students Teacher of the Year Award.

NEXT.cc staff are college students studying design and education fields.

Workshop Videos

TEDx STEAM by DESIGN
Design As Nature, Froebel USA International
Green Your School, Wedgewood International
Design As Nature Workshop, Esceula Verde
The Mind of the Architect
STI 2014 STEAM by Design: University of Chicago Teacher Institute

Workshops 07-14

2014
Arts@Large Meet&Greet, Bayview High,October 14, Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Environmental Education Conference 40th Anniversary, August 13-15, Stevens Point, WI
A+DEN Symposium, July 31-August 2, Cranbrook, Michigan
Chicago AIA Convention Pecha Kucha, Chicago, IL
ENERGY & Global Environment: Science, History, Politics June 24, University of Chicago Teacher Institute
ACE MENTOR June 22&23, Rosemont, IL
Milwaukee Water Commons Town Hall, June 3, Milwaukee WI
National Art Education Association March 29-31, San Diego, California
International Teacher Education Conference February 5-7, DuBai, UAE
Golden Apple: Reimagining School: Why Creativity and Innovation Matter January 13, Chicago, IL

2013
Esceula Verde December 17, Milwaukee, WI
After School Matters Digital Workshop December 6, Chicago, Illinois
Froebel USA October 11-13, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago September 27, Chicago, IL
The Internet of Things September 20, London, England
GLOBAL STEMx International Conference: GREEN Imagination
September 19, Virtual
After School Matters August 23, Chicago, Illinois
German Bavarian Chamber of Architects, Munich, Germany
The Art of Play AIA Webinar with Susan G. Solomon, Author of American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space
June 7, 2013
TEDx MILWAUKEE
TED x STEAM by Design, Milwaukee, WI

VISIONEER DESIGN CHALLENGE
April 26, Milwaukee, WI, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
As part of National Environmental Education Foundation's Environmental Education Week, Keane will presenting Greening Imagination to Wisconsin VISIONEER Design Challenge Teachers offering ways that NEXT.cc journeys can extend learning and teaching possibilities beyond VISIONEER 2013.

Designing Design Education India NEXT.cc virtually presented a paper, Designing Design Education.

ACSA National Conference
March 21-24 San Francisco, California

Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network
March 14,15,16, Appleton , WI

AIA Transforming Outdoor Learning Environments Webinar with Sharon Gamson Danks and Roy Diblik, Garden Designer and Educator

2012

ARTS@Large Meet and Greet
Thursday, December 6, 4pm - 6pm Milwaukee, WI

IDSA K12 Design Education Symposium Cultivating Creative Learners
Video from Henry Ford Academy Dearborn, MI

SCALE: READ.WRITE.ACT Virtual Conference

Wisconsin Art Education Association Common Ground: Challenges of the 21st Century Conference Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Linda Keane, Director and co-chair of the AIA CAE American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture Education Alternative Learning Environments joined Eric Nelson, The Outdoor Classroom Project, Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm, and John Dale, Harley Ellis Devereaux to discuss innovative ways to connect learning with outdoor learning environments. Outdoor Classrooms Webinar

ART AND DESIGN HAND IN HAND: CHICAGO AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS, Chicago, IL

ARTS ALIVE CHICAGO: Columbia College, Chicago, IL

GREEN CITIES, GREEN SCHOOLS: MRAE ENERGY FAIR, Custer, WI

Design As Nature Teacher Workshop, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI partnered with National Environmental Education Foundation, Earth Day Network and supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board

VISIONEER DESIGN CHALLENGE, Peck School of the Arts, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

NAEA NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION New York City Hilton Ballroom Super Session; Linda Keane, AIADO, joined Wyland & Friends-renowned environmental artist, educator, and television personality, Wyland, Harvey Seifter, Art of Science Learning, Paul L. King, Ex. Director of the Arts and Special Projects (OASP), and cartoonist Jim Toomey to discuss innovative ways educators can stimulate public interest in the arts.

Design Overflow The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus Drive Auditorium, Chicago, IL Linda Keane, AIADO, presented the story of NEXT.cc, how it started, who contributes and how it offers informal support to green imaginations, at The Chicago Designers Accord Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, March 14, 7-9pm. The event also included presentations and discussion by James Goggin (MCA Chicago), George Aye (Greater Good Studio), Jerry O'Leary (IDEO), Michael Renaud and Zach Dodson (Show 'N Tell).

Arts@Large, Milwaukee, WI

Arts Educators Exchange, Chicago, IL

LaCrosse Design Institute, LaCrosse, WI

Nelson Institute Earth Day Celebration, Madison WI

Wisconsin Arts Educator Exchange, Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Charter Schools, Grand Geneva, WI

2011

AAO A+DEN Association of Community Designers, Philadelphia, PA

AIM Elegant FIT, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Art Institute of Chicago Art Curriculum Fair

AIGA Moving Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Creativity Education Alliance, Milwaukee, WI

Illinois Art Education Association, Normal, IL

Jane Goodall Institute Chicago IL Roots + Shoots High School Program

Glazer Children’s Museum, Hillsborough School District

LaCrosse Design Institute, LaCrosse, WI

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI

Nelson Institute Earth Day Celebration, Madison, WI

UIA Design 2050 World Congress, Tokyo, Japan

Visioneer Art and Design Day as part of National Environmental Education Week

Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI in conjunction with GOOD Design Stories From

Herman Miller Travelling Exhibit

2010

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Arts@Large, Milwaukee, WI

Chicago Architecture and Design Career Day, IIT, Chicago, IL

International Design Principles and Practices Conference, Chicago, IL

Jane Goodall Institute Chicago IL Roots + Shoots High School Program, Chicago, IL

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

National Environmental Education Foundation, Washington, DC

Niles North Township Schools, Niles, IL

Design As Nature, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Visoneer Art /Design Challenge, UWM Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

United States Green School National Conference, Minneapolis, MN

UWM Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators, WI

Wisconsin Charter Schools, Madison, WI

2009

Muskegon Art Museum, Good Design Workshop in conjunction with the Herman Miller Good Design Show, Muskegon, MI

Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Workshop on Green Roofs + Green Building

Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI

Jane Goodall Institute Chicago IL Roost + Shoots High School Program, Chicago, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

WI Charter Schools, Madison, WI

2008

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

US Green Charter Schools, Madison, WI

North American Association of Environmental Education with Earth Day, Kansas

A+DEN 2, Chicago, IL

2007

INTUIT Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Catholic University of America, Gaithersberg, Maryland

New Charter School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Milwaukee, WI

2006

A+DEN Architecture and Design Education Network Conference, Innovation in Design Education Panel with National Building Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and San Francisco Build

2005

Pilot study with Milwaukee and Racine County middle schools

Career Days Shorewood Schools: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

2004

Creation of NEXT.cc pilot website

Career Days Shorewood Schools: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

2003

Pilot study with Milwaukee and Racine County Middle Schools

Career Days Shorewood Schools: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

2002

Publication of original 16 journeys

upcoming workshops

Chicago AIA Convention Pecha Kucha, Chicago, IL, June 26
ENERGY and the Global Environment: Science, History, Politics University of Chicago Teacher Institute, June 24
ACE MENTOR Rosemont, IL, June 22&23
Milwaukee Water Commons Town Hall, June 3, Milwaukee WI
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago TICA-D, June 23-27


Keynotes

With increased interest in creativity education and the STEM to STEAM movement, NEXT.cc delivers high energy keynote addresses to audiences to set the stage for hands on conferences. Dynamic examples of project based learning are integrated with best practices, neurological research, and integrative trans disciplinary systems thinking, learning and making.

University of Chicago Teacher Institute: Steam by Design as Creative Capital

The MInd of the Architect: Chicago AIA PechaKucha

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Teacher Toolkit

Wisconsin Art Education Association

For more information about keynotes and workshops and/or to register, contact Linda Keane, AIA, NEXT.cc Director; 414-332-4381 lkeane@NEXT.cc