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 and 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 Topics include working with a design team, historical reuse, innovative design of outdated facilities, addressing design guidelines, and managing the architectural project through execution.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 their job better such as: master planning, working with a design team, writing educational specifications, producing procurement documents, evaluating project delivery options, monitoring progress, and evaluating completed projects.
Address how to meet the needs of school districts where they are, how to overcome inequities in school funding, insight into writing grants, gain support for funding, interpret school bond issues, identifying cost and funding options, evaluating life-cycle costs, and make school improvements even in areas where funding is limited.
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.
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 the design goals were met and whether the project satisfies the needs of the students, teachers and administration.
Technology & Infrastructure:
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 in both K-12 and higher ed.