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Renovations are underway at 37 East Pennington Street! We are transforming the historic Howard & Stofft Stationery building into a modern collaborative learning center. We are excited to add significant additional space for innovative teaching and learning to flourish and a new cutting-edge resource for our community.

Join us on Thursday, March 1 for an Open House & Campaign Kick-Off! The community is invited to experience the new space as we wrap up the first phase of renovations.

Facility highlights & future design elements include:
  • Large commons space for performances and presentations
  • Makerspace for hands-on projects
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Urban garden
  • Flexible spaces for small group teaching and learning
  • Digital lab

The collaborative learning center will serve as an ‘innovation lab’ on our downtown campus. It will used by the students and staff of the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools and City High School in a variety of ways, including project-based learning, performances, arts and fitness electives, cooking classes, and whole school gatherings.

The new center will also be a space where teaching and learning practices can be developed and shared among educators to help transform the way we think about and “do” school. It will be a key feature in the professional development opportunities offered by CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and a resource for our community partners.

What is a ‘Maker Space’? Middle school students and teachers share their descriptions …