Learning Lab-Safety & Security

Tuesday, November 6, 1:00-4:45 PM

Explore how school districts of diverse backgrounds promote safe learning environments by adopting policies and programs to build student/school/staff/community connections, monitor programs and data (such as attendance, suspensions and caseloads), fund initiatives at appropriate levels, and communicate regularly about school safety to the community.

Michael Yorio


    Michael Yorio
    SSI Guardian

21st Century Safe School Best Practices

1:00-2:15 pm

Studies confirm the role safety plays in learning outcomes which can impact a child's life journey. While there are many ideas and theories on improving school safety, it is imperative that evidence-based best practices and solutions are the focus and criteria. These measures are proven to enhance school safety without inherent risk or unintended consequence often associated with unsubstantiated methods or products that are untested. Through the implementation of best practices, academic leaders can create the safest learning environments possible, helping prepare our future leaders for success.

2:15 - 2:30 PM Break

Turckes, Santore


    Steven Turckes
    Principal, K-12 Education Global Practice Leader , Perkins+Will

    Phil Santore
    Managing Principal of DVS Security, a division of Ross & Baruzzini

A Holistic Approach to Campus Safety

2:30-3:45 pm

According to CNN, there has been an average of one school shooting every week in 2018. These violent acts have school communities reassessing their campus security practices. Viewpoints on solutions vary ranging from fortress-like facilities to more transparent environments. Learn how facilities can balance transparent, collaborative environments and defensible spaces that respect different cultures and educational goals and gain a greater understanding of how safety design measures can be enhanced by technology. Understanding that it is impossible for design to eliminate all threats, they will focus on minimizing threats, using examples from Sandy Hook School and others to highlight holistic security design.

3:45 - 4:00 PM Break

Karina Ruiz


    Karina Ruiz, AIA LEED AP BD+C
    Principal, BRIC Architecture + leaders from the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education

    Dr. Pam Moran
    Executive Director, Virginia School Consortium for Learning

    Brian Minnich AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    GWWO Architects

Getting to Solutions on School Safety, Group Discussion

4:00-4:45 pm

The final session of the Learning Lab will allow participants to contribute their unique perspectives and experiences to a solutions-oriented approach session on school safety and security. In a multi-disciplinary, facilitated session, AIA CAE leaders will help break down the issues into various components and lead small group discussions to identify potential solutions. The overall goal of this closing session is to find ways to overcome any identified obstacles and actualize the solutions in a comprehensive way.

Registration Fee: $100 per person (This session is not included in Full Conference registration; space is limited.)

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