Hawaii Symposium

Hawaii Symposium

Association for Learning Environments in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs Presents

Facilities Matter: The Case for 21st Century Schools

January 14, 2012
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Healthy, safe and sustainable school facilities positively impact educational outcomes, enhancing student and teacher performance and contributing to community culture and vitality. Today's global economy demands that our schools be equipped to teach 21st century skills to prepare students for the workforce of the future. However, the majority of students in the U.S. spend most of their waking hours in deteriorating, unhealthy and overcrowded classrooms lacking the infrastructure for the technology that will enable them to master 21st century skills. Explore a variety of 21st century learning environments with experts in the field, learn about new funding mechanisms and discover how you can pave the way for all students in Hawaii to succeed.

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kaka'ako Waterfront Campus
651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

Program at a Glance

Subject to change
AIA CEU's Available

Saturday, January 14, 2012
John A. Burns School of Medicine
7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Session
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome:
David Edwards, Edwards, Edwards, McEwen, Chair, Association for Learning Environments
Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Institute for Public Affairs
8:15 am – 9:30 am A Brave New Campus
Amy Yurko, AIA, BrainSpaces; Craig Mason, AIA, LEED AP, DLR Group

Planning and designing school facilities for the future of our children requires us to be brave enough to look beyond the static traditions of our past educational experiences. While charting a new path can be unsettling for us grown-ups, our children are counting on us to consider their futures, not our pasts. In this session, strategies will be illustrated for developing student centered environments which may not resemble our own educational experiences. Examples of spectacular learning environments, including the 2011 MacConnell Award winner, Marysville Getchell High School Campus, will be used to illustrate this bravery. Videos of all of the 2011 MacConnell award finalists will be used to prove that facilities matter!
9:30 am – 9:45 am Refreshment Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am Building a Path to the Future
Duane Kashiwai, Facilities Development Branch, Hawaii Department of Education
Nick Nichols, Facilities Development Branch, Hawaii Department of Education
Jonathan Weintraub Facilities Development Branch, Hawaii Department of Education

The vision of the State of Hawaii's Department of Education's Facilities Development Branch is to be "dedicated to student achievement by providing innovative, nurturing and safe learning environments in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner." The three speakers from the Hawaii State Department of Education Facilities Development Branch will focus on how this relates to the definition of 21st century learning, the challenges facing a statewide school district of 268 schools with an average age of 64 years, and new directions for the future of 21st century learning environments in Hawaii.
10:45 am – 11:45 am From Tents to the Taj Majal: Connecting Students, Teachers & the Learning Environment
George Kacan, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, Fanning Howey; Greg Monberg, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, BD+C, Fanning Howey

Educational environments vary across the world - from the "tent schools" of Haiti to the progressive learning environments of Helsinki to the "Taj Mahal" schools of the United States. While the buildings may vary, the needs of students are much the same. "Touring" schools from across the world, the group will examine the student's "hierarchy of needs," the various factors that influence student performance and how "connections" differ in a variety of modern classrooms. After taking this fast-paced tour of "Tents to Taj Mahals," attendees will have a better understanding of the basic needs of students and how schools can meet those needs. They will also be able to explain the various factors that contribute to a student's academic potential, gaining greater insight into the way students connect with each other in different parts of a school.

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11:45 am – 12:15 pm 21st Century Learning at the Nexus of Communities and Schools
Steven Bingler, REFP, Concordia LLC; Alan Oshima, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs

As innovations in teaching and learning continue to expand into the 21st century, the design of educational facilities must continue to keep pace with these pedagogical advances. These include the continuing evolution of standards for flexible and adaptable learning spaces, ongoing refinements in classroom layouts, new technology solutions and bold advances in the relationship between schools and the many constituent communities that they serve. Join us for an exploration of new educational facilities typologies that address some of these more advanced and integrated planning and design solutions.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Design for a Global Learning Network
Randy Fielding AIA, Fielding Nair International

This interactive presentation will link best practices in teaching, learning and design from around the world. The session will be divided into three sections: Part 1: design from the learner's perspective, focusing on personalized, inquiry-based, student-directed, collaborative and interdisciplinary learning; Part 2: design to strengthen professional learning communities and great teaching; and Part 3: design for the local and global community, exploring blended, innovative pedagogies, such as "world as school," "community as school," and "nature as school." These strands will also be linked to the Hawaii Department of Education's shared vision and 5 Point Plan for improvement.

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2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Facilities Matter
Mary Filardo, 21st Century School Fund

Educators and communities take for granted their elementary and secondary school buildings and grounds. They grow old with us...we don't see that schools in the United States have become obsolete, unkempt, unhealthy, and unsuited to the tasks they are called on to do. Mary Filardo will provide a layman's look at the research that shows that and how facilities matter - to education quality, to neighborhood vitality, to economic growth, and to children's health. She will share her experiences of how a community armed with knowledge that facilities matter and the will to do better for its children found a way to build the first new school in the District of Columbia in a generation through a public private partnership, because the city had NO funds for school construction.

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3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Next Steps
Steven Bingler, REFP, Concordia LLC; William Kaneko, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs; Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, REFP, PBK Architects, Inc.; Alan Oshima, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs


Platinum Level
A4LE State of Hawaii Department of Education HIPA The Pacific Resource Partnership SSFM