Tasked with imagining the newsroom-classroom of the future, Palo Alto journalism teachers and students envisioned a Media Arts Center that would promote multi-platform publishing, collaboration, a sense of community, transparency and innovation. “Our intent was to create a space that offers a vibrancy we don’t get from standard classrooms,” explains Paul Kandell, journalism teacher.
The result is a 23,000 sq. ft., two-story building featuring a dynamic atrium as well as classrooms, conference areas, and break-out areas. Photography teacher Margo Wixsom describes it as “a professional space for students that replicates both an education environment as well as the future-tech of education reflected in Silicon Valley workspaces. It is becoming the best of Common Core visions for preparing students NOW for their future professions.”