Kansas City Chapter

The geographical area served consists of the State of Kansas and Missouri.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

To contact the local chapter, please email the Kansas City Chapter

Quarterly Conversation #1

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
McCown and Gordon Construction
850 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Phone: 816.960.1111

Kansas City Chapter Learning Environments Social Event

2020 – KC Chapter 5 Year Anniversary! The KC Chapter A4LE Board wants to thank our members and vendors for supporting us over the last five years.

McCown Gordon HQ
McCown Gordon HQ
Join us Wednesday evening, February 19th, at 4:30 pm for a networking opportunity and a kick-off introduction of the 2020 Midwest Great Lakes (MWGL) Regional Conference. We will convene at the third-floor event space of McCown Gordon Construction for a happy hour and to promote the conference as well as to celebrate 5 years of transforming learning environments across our region.

The Kansas City Chapter is now the largest chapter in the MWGL Region! We continue to add new members due to our focus on learning, the environment and how we as influencers of the built environment can promote change within the education industry. In April of 2020, Kansas City will once again be the focus and center of attention, as members from as far away as Canada and Ohio come to hear how learning, instruction, and the environment continue to evolve to real-world authentic learning opportunities for students. “Instruction before Construction”

Join us for this networking session and learn more about our Keynote Speaker Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. At the conference, he will help guide us in 3 design sprints focused on exploring real-world learning and design learning experiences and environments for the future. In addition to learning more about the conference, come learn how you can help us continue to provide value to our members and create more opportunities for in-depth discussions on the future of learning within our region.

Help us kick-start 2020 by showing up at our first quarterly conversation; February 19th. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating 5 years of improving learning for educators and students across our region.

Together We Can Make a Difference!
Your KC Chapter Board

Free event, please RSVP.


Innovation in Learning Environments Grant Winners

2019 Winners

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is proud to announce the winners of our second annual Innovation in Learning Environments Grant. We received 55 applications from districts on both sides of the state line. The board reviewed the applications anonymously, with all the specific district and name information removed. The submissions were all well thought out, wonderful ideas on how to impact learning for kids in our area. It was a difficult decision, but the following 4 entries were selected as winners of $2,000 each for 2019. These winners will share how their efforts created innovation in learning at an A4LE event in 2020.

Honeybees for High School
Implementation of a honeybee hive as a school-wide, cross-curricular project
  • Olathe School District, Olathe West High School
  • Kelly Kluthe, Science Teacher
Kansas City Star
Read the article about our A4LE Grant
Winner in the Kansas City Star!

Professional Learning Cohorts
Implementation of EXPLORE Cohorts for 4th & 5th graders with a focus on (5) STEM fields that connect learning to the community
  • Blue Valley School District, Wolf Springs Elementary School
  • Kaitlyn Haberberger, Blended Learning Coach

The Future is Bright in Buckner!
Media Center based robotics and green screen video program to support all students
  • Fort Osage School District, Buckner Elementary School
  • Margie Anderson, Library Media Specialist

Technology Innovation Studio
Multi-use technology space for one-to-one support, coding/VR, client conferencing and project collaboration
  • Platte County School District, Platte County High School
  • Sarah Larson, Technology Teacher


2020 Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference

Creating an Educational Community   April 15-17, 2020
Instruction Before Construction
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Call for Proposals

2020 Quarterly Conversation Events

The Kansas City Chapter is seeking proposals for future locations for our Quarterly Conversation events. We’re looking for learning environments that challenge the status quo and demonstrate innovation in instruction and space. Facilities should be recently constructed and include opportunities for collaboration, hands on learning, community connections, etc. Any project from early childhood to higher education would be welcome, as we work to connect the opportunities from all learning levels.

Download the submission form »

Thank you to our Annual Chapter Sponsors!


ACI Boland HMA
McCown Gordon


DLR Group Henderson


HTK Piper Jaffrey
Scott Rice Straub
Tarkett Trane

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ALEP / Certificate Programs


Comprehensive industry education: ALEP, Advanced Academy and Vibrant Learning Environments


LEsolutions Online Awards


Visit our showcase of past online entry submissions


LearningSCAPES 2019


October 3-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA