The principles are predicated on three generally accepted conditions:

  • Learning is a lifelong process
  • Design is always evolving, and
  • Resources are limited.

To meet the nation’s needs for the twenty-first century, learning environments should

(1) Enhance teaching and learning and accommodate the needs of all learners

(2) Serve as a center of the community

(3) Result from a planning and design process that involves all community interests

(4) Provide for health, safety, and security

(5) Make effective use of available resources, and

(6) Be flexible and adaptable.

From SCHOOLS AS CENTERS OF COMMUNITY: A CITIZEN’S GUIDE FOR PLANNING http://www.ncef.org/pubs/pubs_html.cfm?abstract=centers_of_community