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EDspaces 2015 Education Conference

EDspaces features a CEU-accredited education conference that focuses on forward-thinking, sustainable design and the changing impact of environments on learning. With a variety of session topics and styles, the EDspaces education conference has something for everyone.

All attendees are welcome to attend the Keynote General Sessions, as industry luminaries present visions of the future of educational facilities and learning styles. These can’t-miss sessions will set the stage for the day’s education program.

Education Schedule » Digital Program » Presentation Slides

Wednesday, October 28LU/HSW = 1 Credit 
8:00 to 9:00 AM

The On-going Reinvention of New Orleans Schools as Neighborhood Centers

Speakers: Steven Bingler, Principal, Concordia; Amanda Kruger Hill, Executive Director, Cowan Institute; Michael Stone, Co-CEO, New School for New Orleans; Leslie Alley, deputy director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission

This session will offer a background and foundation for the reinvention of public schools in New Orleans. Hear from panelists that have been involved in the effort to re-envision and rebuild the school system over the last decade, following the devastating floods of Hurricane Katrina. This session will show how the disaster created an opportunity to redesign all aspects of public education from curriculum, organizational structure, to facilities and much more.

  • Learn the amount of devastation to New Orleans’ public school buildings due to of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Understand how and why different community groups came together to reinvent the public schools.
  • Explain the process that community leaders and volunteers took to rebuild the school system.
  • Explain how schools in your area can use the lessons from the New Orleans to rebound from a natural disaster.

Reinventing the Balance for School Safety with Other Requirements in Today’s School Design

Speakers: Fred C. Schmidt, FAIA Partner and Scott Oglesby, Project Architect, USGBC, FSB Architects/Engineers

Explore the trade-offs encountered when design professionals structurally harden schools to ensure student safety that include discussions lead by the research team as well as information gathering from design professionals about their experiences designing schools for safety. School deaths have raised safety concerns to a heightened level of priority. These standards can drive local construction decisions and increase cost. During this session you will learn how to reflect on several factors while without becoming single-minded on a specific one to the detriment of the project.

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The Needs of the Education Marketplace

Speaker: Deb Moore, Executive Editor/Publisher, School Planning & Management/College Planning & Management

There is so much going on in education marketplace that sometimes it is hard to get a full 1,000 foot picture. For that we have this session. Hear the about current and future construction/renovation projects of both PK-12 schools and colleges and universities. The presenter will touch on big topics in education, like sustainability and technology, honing in on each topic to talk about the latest trends and the effect they will have on facility planning.

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9:15 to 10:15 AM

How the Educational Environment Impacts the School's Mission

Speaker: Andre Perry, Principal, AM Perry Consulting

An educational environment serves many purposes both for students and the community. This session’s speaker, a nationally known education consultant and blogger, will discuss the space between the built environment and pedagogy. The session will also cover how a school facility can become an integral part of a community landscape.

  • State some of the different uses of an educational environment in at community.
  • Discuss how to expand a school’s mission so that it can have a greater role in the community.
  • Explain how the design of educational environments can affect the role the facility in the community.
  • Explain how the design of educational environments can affect pedagogy.

Designing Better Learning Experiences: The Connection Between Furniture Planning and Student Engagement

Speaker: Gwen Morgan, Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture

How can furniture become a tool to support a better learning experience? In this case study, nine classrooms in a high school were each furnished differently. Surveys, observations, and interviews were used to evaluate the ease of use for both teachers and students throughout a class period as they transitioned from activity to activity. The adaptability of the furniture from period to period was also examined. Here the conclusions of this year-long test exploring the relationship between furniture solutions and layouts and student engagement and instruction are presented.

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Technology in Education: Transforming Learning Environments

Speaker: Craig Park, FSMPS, ASSOC. AIA, Principal, The Sextant Group

Campuses across the country are rapidly shifting to new and exciting learning space models to provide improved learning outcomes designed to address the needs and expectations of the student of the future. This session explores emerging pedagogies and enabling technologies and the related planning, design, and infrastructure issues that planners, architects, and designers face in designing contemporary buildings for education. Lessons learned will be drawn from experiences on College and University Campuses across the country. During the session benchmark data on communication and collaboration configurations and technologies will be shared.

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For Big Ideas, Think Small: Giving Arts-Based School Renovations the Right-Fit

Speaker: Terri Smith, CEO and School l Leader
Angela Morton, Principal Architect, Mathes Brierre Architects

This presentation will detail how one small school, ENCORE Academy, took their dream renovation from concept, to temporary shared home, and ultimately to their own right-fit campus. Presenters will highlight how using building assessments prior to letting design/construction contracts and crafting realistic budgets essential. During the session, presenters will focus on unique areas of design for schools such as arts/ performance environments. Attendees will also hear how schools, designers, and architects should plan for uncertainty when renovating existing buildings, from construction detailing to budgets.


Putting Sustainable Design at the Forefront: Ohio’s Push for Green Schools

Speaker: Lisa Laney, Sustainability Administrator, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

For nearly two decades, the Ohio School Facilities Commission has administered one of the largest school rebuilding programs in the nation. Having spent almost $11 billion with K-12 construction and renovation, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), Ohio School Facilities Commission has opened over 1,100 schools. This session will describe how current educational delivery and concerns about operational efficiencies are impacting current trends in school design.

10:30 to 11:30 AM

EDspaces 2015 Keynote Speaker Jed HorneGeneral Session: How Disaster Led to Recovery and Reform:
The Story of the New Orleans Schools

Keynote Speaker: Jed Horne

Sponsored by: AIA-CAE
1:00 to 2:00 PM

Resiliency in New Orleans & Detroit

Speakers: John Dale, Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux; Jeff Hebert, Executive Director, NORA; David Waggonner III, FAIA, President, Waggonner & Ball; RJ Webber, Assistant Superintendent, Novi Community School District

This panel discussion compares and contrasts the stories of two cities that have faced devastation and depopulation and are now on a trajectory of urban transformation and reinvention. Leading educators and design practitioners from both cities will reflect on the challenges facing their respective cities in rebuilding their communities in the face of great obstacles while zeroing in on the factors that are contributing to a positive turnaround. A particular focus of this discussion will be the role of educational institutions, from schools to universities, as catalysts for and investors in community oriented redevelopment. Panelists will share their insights about effective educational models which support community building and rejuvenation.

  • Gain insight into the factors contributing to the rejuvenation and transformation of challenged urban environments.
  • Understand the role of educational institutions as catalysts for and investors in community rebuilding.
  • Learn about the similarities and differences in the redevelopment of New Orleans and Detroit as vital, livable cities.
  • Gain knowledge about innovative educational programs that promote higher student achievement while strengthening urban communities.

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Creating Living Classrooms

Speaker: Sharad Mathur, VP Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Artcobell

This course will take a more in-depth look at the needs of future learning spaces by highlighting aspects like natural elements, flexibility, mobility and creativity of the classroom while keeping the 21st century classroom design needs in mind. A learning space has multiple functions and the activities in the space keep changing based on the style of instruction and the participants. The course will discuss integrating organic living with today’s modern technology along with flexible, collaborative classrooms. A key element is understanding how to design a learning environment that supports a variety of pedagogical approaches and learning experiences with natural elements in mind. These elements include: physical environment, sight, sound, movement and emotions.

2:30 to 3:30 PM

Academic Nirvana: Pedagogical Shifts and Capital Improvements Redefine Spaces for the Next Generation of Arts Students (College)

Speaker: David Broz, AIA Principal, Firmware Education Practice Area Leader, Gensler, Jay Wolke, Professor, Columbia College Chicago

What happens when a progressive department at Columbia College Chicago (CCC) looks to redefine its art and design program curriculum at the same time that the College budgets for major capital improvements? For CCC, the end result is a collaborative Arts Incubator that offers faculty and students 50,000 square feet for innovative new learning curricula. This session will showcase the collaborative design process between architects and CCC staff the focused on teaching styles, space needs, and new research into how students learn. Learn how to create space that is a combination of maker spaces and pedagogical teaching spaces that looks to educate the complete person.

The Third Teacher Design Ideas: 10 School Strategies for a 21st Century Learning Environment

Speaker: Stuart Brodsky, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, CannonDesign

Students and teachers in 21st century schools are intimately tied to their environment. Join the presenters to explore 10 strategies that will transform your school through design ideas of The Third Teacher. These design ideas collectively describe the creativity and ingenuity of worldwide educators and students, and can be applied to existing or new schools. Schools of the future unite the best resources available to students, physical and digital, to an ecology of learning spaces. Makerspaces, STEM studios and learning common are all part of a new vocabulary of the learning landscape. Case studies and resources are utilized in this presentation will describe trends in today’s educational design, and the potential all schools have to integrate them in to their facilities.

4:30 to 5:30 PM

Tulane City Center: Architecture Students’ Response to Hurricane Katrina

Speaker: Emilie Taylor, Adjunct Lecturer, Senior Program Coordinator, TCC Design/Build Manager

The Tulane City Center brings together creative makers and doers, working for a better city. They advance community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education, and scrappy problem-solving. In late 2005, Tulane University’s School of Architecture launched the Tulane City Center as a way to take part in the recovery of the city, educate students through applied projects, and work with the non-profits and community groups who would be instrumental in the return of New Orleans citizens, culture, and traditions. The Tulane City Center quickly connected the energy, conviction and expertise of Tulane University faculty, students, and staff to grassroots design projects and strategic research. In their first 10 years, the Tulane City Center has completed more than 80 projects with 70 project partners, engaged over 500 students and 35 faculty, and built over 25 structures with our partner organizations across the city. This session will look at how and why the City Center was founded and the work of the City Center after Hurricane Katrina.

  • State the reason the Tulane City Center was founded.
  • Discuss the importance for architecture students to become involved in issues that affect the community.
  • Describe the architecture work done by the Tulane City Center participants.
  • Explain the economic and community benefits of the work done by the Tulane City Center participants.

Designing the Ideal Classroom for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities

Speakers: Courtney Daikos M.Ed, Principal, Highline Public Schools; Christopher L Daikos, MiT, MEd, EdS – University of Washington & Continua Consulting Group; Daniel Gero, AIA, Integrus Architecture

Speakers will impart a thorough understanding of the psychology of students with EBD and the best educational practices to serve them. Speakers will lead the group through an interactive discussion encouraging shared idea generation and collaboration on new teaching methodologies. Finally, participants will work together to design the basic architecture of the ideal EBD learning space using physical modeling pieces to layout an actual classroom, which could be applied for new facilities or retrofit current facilities.

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5:30 to 7:30 PM

AIA – CAE Architect Panel & Reception

Thursday, October 29LU/HSW = 1 Credit 
8:00 to 9:00 AM

Rebuilding New Orleans’ Schools - Challenges and Opportunities, Looking to the Future

Speakers: Bobbie Hill, Principal, Concordia LLC; Lona Edwards Hankins, Director of Major Capital Projects, Recovery School District; Stan Smith, Deputy Superintendent, Orleans Parish Schools Facilities; Gerald (Butch) Reifert FAIA, Managing Partner, Mahlum Architects, Inc.; Ernest E. (Chip) Verges II, AIA, Principal Partner, VergesRome Architects

Every school district and university in the United States can be affected by a natural disaster. Whether it is a tornado, an earthquake, flooding, or, in the case of New Orleans, a hurricane, there are steps that can be taken after the disaster to rebuild and make the facilities better. This panel will explore the ongoing journey of a school district whose facilities were neglected prior to Hurricane Katrina then almost complete destroyed in the resulting floods. The panel will discuss challenges and opportunities in such a large scale design and construction program and how lessons learned can inform future education facility projects.

  • Relate the impact of the neglect that school facilities can face and its impact on the student learning.
  • Explain the importance of cohesive city planning when faced with the rebuilding of a large number of school facilities.
  • Understand the role architects and school administrators play in the rebuilding process of one or many school facilities.
  • Explain how schools in your area can use the lessons from the New Orleans to rebuild after a large scale natural disaster.

This Chair is Just Right! Understanding Sensory Processing as Part of Universal Design for Learning

Speaker: Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L, Consultant

Classroom environments are changing rapidly as part of the 21st century learning initiative with STEM, STEAM and other components. In addition, educators are also continuing to focus on inclusion or blended learning: that is working with children from the spectrum of special needs, to gen Ed, to gifted students…all in the same classroom! Children with learning differences, attention issues, along the autism spectrum and/or developmental disabilities often face multiple challenges in the classroom with the sometimes overwhelming demands on their sensory systems. As part of good Universal Design for Learning some of these accommodations may be applicable to our regular student population as well.

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Online Marketing Strategies & Trends (Dealer Session)

Speaker: Jennifer Schulman, President, Fortune Web Marketing

The drive to get your company seen begins with a strong online presence. For dealers, investing both time and money into an online presence can allow a company to be seen by schools districts and universities across the county and the world. This session will cover the principles of how to get your website found online as well as discuss the latest online marketing trends that can help you compete online with your competitors.

9:15 to 10:15 AM

Non-Traditional Learning Environments

Speakers: Angela Kyle, Founder, PlayBuild; Claudia Barker, Executive Director, Edible Schoolyard; Heather Szapary, Executive Director, Teaching Responsible Earth Education (TREE)

There is an exhaustive list of benefits for every student to having daily outdoor learning time. From students using different learning styles to fostering inter-disciplinary learning, advocates of outdoor learning can site many positives. But how can schools create spaces that fit an outdoor environment and allow to students to work. This session will focus on the importance and benefits of outdoor learning spaces. The presenters will also look at how to create outdoor learning spaces with formal and informal furniture and equipment.

  • State the different types of non-traditional learning environments.
  • Explain the importance of incorporating non-traditional learning environments into a school facility.
  • Discuss different design features of outdoor learning spaces and the benefits they have on students’ ability to learn.
  • Assess different types of furniture and equipment that can be used in outdoor learning spaces.

Thinking Outside the “Box”: Flexible 21st Century Classroom Additions

Speakers: Ron Richardson, FGM; Peggy Hoffman, Principal, FGM Architects

With over 32 portable classrooms serving approximately 500 students Glen Ellyn School District 41 has a serious space problem. District 41 looked at the need for more space as an opportunity to reinvent the typical elementary classroom, create a new flexible 21st century learning environment and support their new Problem- Based Learning initiative. The school wished to create a cohesive building that incorporated that 21st Century indoor/outdoor design elements, STEAM labs, general classroom space, and non-traditional space that is both open and welcoming. Journey with the architects of this design as they share the process of integrating new design trends with school curriculum and budgetary constraints.

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Early Childhood Space Design: Nurturing Every Student’s Potential

Speakers: Jim French, Senior Principal, National K-12 Practice Leader, DLR Group; Todd Ferking, Principal, DLR Group; Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, NCIDQ, IIDA, AIA Affiliate, Owner, INSYNC; Debbie Fulton, Mukilteo School District

Research shows that participation in pre-school and early childhood programs positively impacts the success and well-being of students throughout their academic career. Activity, especially movement in learning, engages students and creates a more robust learning experience. As students progress from early learning to elementary school, these experiences intensify, and we believe facility design must respond. Looking forward, we will share our vision of what we believe is the learning environment of the future.

The Role of Furniture in Personalizing Learning Environments

Speaker: Jennie Arnett, LEED AP, IIDA, NCIDQ, MBA, Furniture and Move Coordinator, Saint Paul Public School District

This interactive session will explore the role and impact of furniture/facilities has in a large urban school district. The session will include a discussion on key considerations when planning for large-scale furniture/facilities/learning environment shift to align the work of facilities management with teaching and learning. Data collection and feedback processes and initial results will be shared followed by a discussion/sharing out on considerations moving forwards. Opportunities for group discussion and multiple perspectives will be a central theme of the workshop in order to best inform and improve attendees’ and presenters’ understanding of the impact of furnishings in contemporary learning environments.

Modernizations with a Plan and a Purpose – Reinventing and Transforming Space

Speaker: Bill Latham, CEO, Contrax Furnishings

Nearly half of America’s public school buildings were constructed to educate the Baby Boomers. Inside those aging schools is a significant problem. The micro-environments where students spend their days engaging education in many cases were established and remain setup for a different era of education. Taking existing facilities, modernizing them, and transforming them into high-impact, effective learning environments is a possibility. This session explores the key strategies that districts and/or schools must take to achieve the goal of developing learning environments that support modern learning strategies. Through effective, deliberate change management, planning and execution, every student within a district can have access to a world-class learning environment as they prepare to be college and career ready.

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10:30 to 11:30 AM

EDspaces 2015 Keynote Speaker Tim ColeGeneral Session: Sustainability and the 21st Century Learning Environment

Keynote Speaker: Tim Cole, Sustainability Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Sponsored by: USGBC
1:00 to 2:00 PM

Detroit Moving Forward: Building Better Schools

Speaker: RJ Webber

Unlike the sudden impact that Hurricane Katrina brought to the city of New Orleans, Detroit’s 50-year decline was the result of the manufacturing decentralization that was encouraged by the federal government due to the threat of nuclear attack during the cold war. Similar to New Orleans, Detroit is reinventing and rebuilding not only individual schools, but their entire school system as a whole.

  • Discuss the power of education as a counter to oppression and a passport to hope.
  • State the important role architects can play in impacting student success through design.
  • Explain how classroom design and layout is critical to improved learner outcomes.
  • Describe the connections between the educational environment and instructional design.

Reinventing the Classroom Environment while Rejuvenating the Student

Speaker: Bob Hill, Specialist, Ergotron

How do you reinvent the classroom? There are many benefits associated with active classrooms. Studies show that elementary school-aged children currently spend upwards of nine hours per day sitting. By introducing a higher level of physical activity to the classroom and encouraging students to move more frequently, we can increase the overall physical health of the student. Mental health and academic performance will also be increased as focus and cognitive function have been proven to increase with physical activity. This presentation discusses the metabolic and cognitive impacts on student health and student learning, in addition to the benefits teachers experience in student engagement and support of modern classroom collaboration.

  • Understand the positive health benefits of greater activity levels in the classroom.
  • Realize the positive link between student activity and learning.
  • Learn how to design an active classroom for today’s student while being prepared to handle the digital demands of the classroom of tomorrow.
  • Recognize the key points in establishing a curriculum that incorporates active learning.

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2:30 to 3:30 PM

Playing Hide and Seek with Chemicals – How Formaldehyde Impacts Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Speaker: Mark Rossolo, Public Affairs Director, UL Environment

Schools are places of learning and development for children and adolescents that require great attention to proper construction of classrooms and furnishings in order to optimize this experience. We see in the news, that hiding in plain sight, some manufacturers’ products contain levels of formaldehyde that exceed regulations and are potentially harmful. The resultant impacts of this chemical and others are most often seen in poor indoor air quality affecting the more than 99,000 schools in the US. This presentation will address the issues related to chemicals, among that formaldehyde, and how re-thinking the classroom means considering health and well-being as a critical aspect of the overall learning environment.

The Missing Link: It’s About the Learning

Speakers: Linda Conway, Director of Library Programming and the Innovation and Design Center, Douglas County School District; Marci Millius, Learning Environment Designer, Douglas County School District

Transforming environments is really about the shift in instructional practice. Join us for a session to learn more about modern instructional practice shifts that support today’s learners. Designs for learning environments should consider the needs of the learners. Design a plan for how you can better accommodate the needs of the learning through engaging in components of design thinking. Learn about your end user and design spaces that will better support students when you focus on instructional practice models and understand how real learning is happening in school environments.

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4:00 to 5:00 PM

Student Design Charette Presentation

Speakers: Braham Berg, Tulane AIAS; Ron Martinez, Principal, Scairono Martinez and New Orleans AIA Past President; Sarah Simonson, Designer Architect, Trapolin Peer and New Orleans AIA Associate Director; Bryan Lee, New Orleans Art’s Council’s Place + Civic Design Director and Vice President of NOMA Louisiana; Erin Porter, AIA and Director of Community Engagement at Mathes Brierre Architects

The Chair is a crucible for architectural ideas and their design throughout history. The design and execution of a chair is a laboratory for the concise execution of idea, material, fabrication, and form. While the exhibit floor has been open high school students and Tulane School of Architecture Students have been working in a special design charrette. They have been tasked to design and fabricate a functional, full-size chair for use in an educational setting using a limited palette. This presentation will be a formal ‘pin-up’ of their work. During this presentation the charrette participants will take you through their beginning thought process, their plan of action, and their final results.

  • Discuss the importance of having student voice involved in the design of learning spaces and equipment.
  • Explain the design elements of a chair that students find important.
  • Understand the thought process for students, high school and university, when creating objects for learning environments.
  • Access the result of design charrette and while constructive feedback to the participants.

The Economic Argument for Green Schools

Speaker: Shannon Stage, Executive Director, USGBC Louisiana

Since the start of the green schools movement there has been a misconception that green schools cost more to design, build, and maintain than traditional schools. Research has shown that green features and better operational strategies in a school can generate financial savings that outweigh upfront costs. Further, some aspects of green design actually correlate with higher student performance and learning, which is why we build schools. And in today’s new framework for schools, schools that don’t achieve learning gains get closed down.

  • Define features in a learning environment that can help create a green school.
  • Explain how green schools can provide economic benefits to a school and school district.
  • Identify ways students, staff, and teachers can impact a school’s bottom line.
  • Discuss the relationship between green schools and student performance.

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Friday, October 30
8:00 to 9:00 AM

EDspaces 2015 Keynote Speaker Elliot WashorGeneral Session: Education and Design As It Is & Where It Is Going

Keynote Speaker: Elliot Washor

Sponsored by: AIA-CAE
11:00 AM to 3:30 PM Expeditionary Learning Facility Tour

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