Building community through education is a key theme of EDspaces. Sessions in this area should focus on partnerships for designing space not only for learning, but administrative, community, and business use - including integrating the need for career and technical education or early childhood education into cooperative learning spaces and developing public/private partnerships.
Sessions in this category should address how facilities make the best use of the space they have and with the greatest positive impact on learning. Topics include historical reuse, innovative design of outdated facilities, creative partnerships and new construction delivery models.
Sessions should guide designers and school administrators on integrating sustainable design and planning for healthy learning environments. Sessions should address the physical, mental, and social wellbeing, safety and welfare of students. (Note: See HSW requirements.)
Sessions should include topics such as: master planning, working with a design team, writing educational specifications, addressing design guidelines, identifying cost and funding options, communicating the importance of supporting education finance, evaluating life-cycle costs, producing procurement documents, evaluating project delivery options, monitoring progress, and evaluating completed projects.
Sessions should explore the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence student outcomes, including the relationship between facilities and learning and how changes in pedagogy converge with design.
Sessions should focus the impacts of technology on the physical environment including how technology is affecting both design and pedagogy and how to integrate technology into the learning spaces.