Nathan’s aha moment in education came when he discovered a pattern: schools designed to help all learners thrive use time and space to develop student agency and create roles that cultivate trusting relationships.”
Nathan’s drive to transform education comes through his belief that all people deserve to learn in an environment that adapts to their unique gifts and needs. As an innovative teacher of ten years, Nathan found that schools that truly support all learners are built on a foundation of deep relationships, designed for a learner-centered paradigm. Furthermore, he discovered the interdependence of time, space, and roles; and how they must be aligned to achieve the 21st-century goals that most schools aspire to. For students to become engaged citizens, curious learners, critical thinkers, complex problem solvers, empathetic listeners…an integrated ecosystem needs to be purposely designed with students, parents, and teachers as authentic collaborators.
Since Nathan has joined Fielding International as a Senior Learning Designer, he has invested in network building to be at the forefront of education innovation through human-centered design. Nathan serves as USA Country Lead at HundrED and is an active member of Education Reimagine’s Learning Lab. In spring 2020, he leveraged this network to lead a global COVID response series called From Gathering to Transformation with 1,000+ participants from all across the globe.
Nathan’s work with clients involves facilitating student, teacher, and community discovery workshops to align parts of a school’s ecosystem to help all learners thrive. His workshops are designed to be inclusive and interactive.
Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Augustana University majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and has graduate training in strategic planning and leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, going on walks, and playing all sorts of games with friends.
Nathan challenged and supported us to be brave and to be forward-thinking educators to assist us to see what education could be... [W]e have worked so hard to move away from the conventional system with [Nathan's] help and continue to revolutionize education here at Belgrade Brooten Elrosa.”
Randy Fielding, AIA, is the Creative Director for SchoolPatterns.com, which Fielding International launched in 2021 to create a shared language and library that is accessible to all. More than 70 design patterns illustrate key ideas in school design, with problem and solution statements, an image gallery, and links to learn more. The library is freely available through a Creative Commons License, inviting collaboration and continual growth. Along with his colleagues, Randy writes about the emerging library of patterns in a blog on Place-based Education at GettingSmart.com. Randy's Author Page Blog Highlights Activate Your Hallways! August 18th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, Cierra Mantz, and Nathan Strenge describe the value of activating hallways in schools that allow learners to thrive outside the box. Read More How to Design a Learning Commons June 30th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, Cierra Mantz, and Nathan Strenge share six key elements for a thriving Learning Commons. Read More Learning Suites: A First Step in Overcoming Isolation in Schools March 24th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, shares why Learning Suites are an important spatial element of a Learning Community, a diverse suite of spaces that foster authentic and collaborative learning experiences. Read More The Multilayered Benefits of Writable Surfaces March 10th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Writable Surfaces is one of the most popular design patterns at SchoolPatterns.com. Nathan Strenge shares a short story from his teaching days that highlight its multilayered benefits. Read More A Spatial Paradigm for Thriving Learners January 20th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Nathan Strenge identifies and explains a spatial paradigm for thriving learners. Read More Learning In Community–What Does it Look Like? December 2nd, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, shares where to start the process of reimagining how learning can happen throughout communities. Read More Personal Space for Safety, Wellness and Autonomy November 4th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA explores how to create environments of wellness and belonging so all learners can thrive. Read More
Youth Equity Creation Challenge As part of Designing Equitable Learning, youth from around the world were invited to respond to one of three question prompts: 1) How can education help create a more equitable world?2) What does designing equitable learning mean to you?3) How can schools give youth more voice and power? Over 30 young people submitted their creations, and their voices are incredibly powerful! We are so grateful to these youth who are actively contributing to greater equity in education in the world around them. Each one of them deserves recognition and praise! Top 10 Rated Creations Given the difficult task to rate the most compelling submissions, an independent review panel at Juxtaposition Arts awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place creation, along with seven Honorable Mentions. With deep appreciate for ALL youth who participated, we recognize these chosen creations: 1st Place: Juwaria Jama$750 Prize Click to see Juwaria’s creationhttps://fan.school/article?id=JqYbS4mBbY86zbPDV2OE 2nd Place: DeAnthoney Acon$250 Prize Click to see DeAnthoney’s creation 3rd Place: Lincoln Bacal$150 Prize Click to see Lincoln’s creation Honorable Mentions We celebrate these seven creations who received an Honorable Mention and a $50 prize. Click on each name to view their creation. Jose Perez: How Can Education Create a More Equitable World? Zeke Jackson: People for PSEO Advaith Parab: Learning from Ruby Bridges Pragya Upreti: The Story Ira Sharma: How Can Education Create a More Equitable World? Sergio Rodriguez Garcia: Juntos Boston Jacob and Teddy Bell: One Small Candle Special Thanks A special thanks to Juxtaposition Arts for serving as the independent review panel for youth creations and Fanschool for publishing youth creations. Both of these organizations doing impactful work in their own regard, and the entire Designing Equitable Learning team is most appreciative for your help to amplify youth voices. Witness what that took place during Designing Equitable Learning Click the picture below to access all Designing Equitable Learning Recordings
Dedicated to designing schools where all learners thrive, Fielding International is honored to co-host and participate in This Is Our Chance Film Festival to realize meaningful change and create a more promising future for all children. Our responsibility as designers and leaders is to support, promote, and advocate for equity in and out of schools where all people are seen, heard, valued, and loved. Fielding is committed to equity and inclusion in all of the learning spaces we design. The films in This is Our Chance will take you on a journey to confront our past and reimagine our future. Join just for the free movies, or dive deeper with live events and additional resources. Visit Festival Website Register for Free
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