By Sarah D. Sparks
Summary by ASCD WorldWide Education SmartBrief
"In Finland, officials say students' academic success can be attributed to three factors: curriculum, equity and environment. Officials say the design of school buildings support academic achievement, in part, because they have abandoned the factory-style model. In a new exhibit at the country's embassy, seven school designs are featured, which show the country's transition from classrooms with rows of desks to current schools, which are built with the physical, psychological and social needs of students and teachers in mind.."