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Winter 2016

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BLC Models Future Junior School Learning Commons

The Bishop Learning Center (BLC) has primarily served as the library for grades 6 – 8, but this year students in grades 2 – 5 who previously frequented the Julia Ing Learning Center are also welcome to use the revamped space.

The Bishop Learning Center (BLC) has primarily served as the library for grades 6 – 8, but this year students in grades 2 – 5 who previously frequented the Julia Ing Learning Center are also welcome to use the revamped space.

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The library and multimedia facility, which is now referred to as Bishop Learning Commons, offers students a place to study on their own or collaborate with classmates. The setup is paving the way for a future iteration of a learning commons to be constructed within the new Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community.

The 20,000-square-foot Junior School Learning Commons for students in Kindergarten – grade 8 will provide the necessary resources (technological, creative and human) to transform students’ questions into meaningful work that addresses authentic challenges and audiences; facilitate connections among students and teachers from different grades and disciplines; and support faculty as thoughtful researchers and innovators.

Together with its partner facility in the Academy, the Learning Commons will build congruency between students’ experiences in school and the real world – an essential dimension of learning at Punahou in the 21st century.

Learn more at campaign.punahou.edu/place.