Topics that address public safety and security (physical and operational) for our nation's K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. Sessions should provide attendees with resources to design facilities for safety and training to increase preparedness, communication, and response prior to and during a variety of safety and security incidents.
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, developing public/private partnerships, and rallying support for school bond passage.
Address how facilities make the best use of the space they have with the greatest positive impact on learning campus wide. Topics include working with a design team, historical reuse, innovative design of outdated facilities, addressing design guidelines, and managing the architectural project through execution.
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.)
Facility Operations/Best Practices:
Topics in this track help school officials do a better job in areas including master planning, working with a design team, knowing who to include on the team and when to bring them to the table, writing educational specifications, producing procurement documents, assessing project delivery options, monitoring progress, and evaluating completed projects.
Address how to meet the needs of school districts where they are, with insight into topics such as overcoming inequities in school funding, writing grants, gaining support for funding, interpreting school bond issues, identifying cost and funding options, evaluating life-cycle costs, and making school improvements even in areas where funding is limited.
Explore the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design can both impact and influence student outcomes, including the relationship between facilities and learning and how changes in pedagogy converge with design.
Topics include measuring the performance of new and renovated educational spaces post occupancy. Share best practices that result from research, POEs, and data on whether design goals were met and whether the project satisfies the needs of students, teachers, and administrators.
Focus on 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 of both K-12 and higher ed.