Course Description

Does the organization of your classroom leave something to be desired? In this class you will explore practical strategies of how to design a classroom that makes your best teaching possible.With the focus on the room's physical space, materials storage and students, learn how to renovate your classroom environment and increase opportunities for learning. Through the reading of Classroom Spaces that Work, by Marlynn K. Clayton, gather techniques to create meaningful displays, effectively arrange furniture, organize supplies, maintain a healthy environment and meet the needs of all your students. In this online class you will work through the book and assignments at your own pace. Grades K-6

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Create a classroom environment that meets the needs of individual students and the collective class.
  • Make the best of what they have to work with to create a warm, orderly and engaging environment.
  • Improve materials storage in a way that allows easy access to them and thereby creates quick transitions and maximizes learning time and space.
  • Decide on a plan for the location of whole group meetings that is inviting, spacious and free of distractions and clutter.
  • Improve organization of curriculum materials so that students can work in flexible groups and have a large variety of learning experiences.
  • Build classroom displays that have a meaningful connection to the curriculum, are effective teaching tools and generate excitement about learning.
  • Familiarize themselves with current ideas for organizing classroom libraries.


This was exactly what I needed to help prepare myself to start the school year and now I can begin preparing for school year. Thank you so much for your support. This class was very beneficial and gave me a lot of new ideas for next year.

---2nd grade, Portland

Each course I have taken with TINT, this is my third, has been very applicable and has given me new tools that I can immediately use in my classroom. This class is not an exception.

---1st grade teacher, Parkrose

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Section Title
Designing the Successful Classroom
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
Classroom Spaces That Work, Marlynn K. Clayton, Mary Beth Forton, 1st Edition, Northwest Foundation for Children Inc, 2001
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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