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.
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 Topics include historical reuse, innovative design of outdated facilities, creative partnerships and new construction delivery models.
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.)
Topics such as: master planning, working with a design team, writing educational specifications, addressing design guidelines, identifying cost and funding options, evaluating life-cycle costs, producing procurement documents, evaluating project delivery options, monitoring progress, and evaluating completed projects.
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.
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.