Program Agenda

Creating an Educational Community   April 24-26, 2019
Creating an Educational Community
Omaha Magnolia Hotel
Omaha, Nebraska

Subject to change

Day 1 – Wednesday, April 24, 2019
12:00 – 6:00 pm Registration Open
2:00 – 3:00 pm Session: Building Genius: Creating New Thinking Spaces for Students
Samuel Johnson, AIA, REFP, LEED AP Principal, Director of PK12 Group, BLDD Architects
Paul Fregeau, Superintendent, Decatur Public School District #61
Rachel Emmons, Software Solutions Developer, BLDD Architects
2:00 – 3:00 pm Session: Creating and Sustaining Outdoor Classrooms: Evidence-Based Practices
Jill Primak, PLA, LEED AP, Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Designer, Nature Explore/Dimensions Education Research Foundation
Blue Bonnet
2:00 – 3:00 pm Session: The Great Space Debate; How Does the Learning Environment Affect Teaching and Learning? 
Julie Williams
2:00 – 4:00 pm Tradeshow Setup
3:15 pm Bus departs for Oakdale ES
3:30 – 5:00 pm Oakdale Elementary School Tour
9801 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
5:15 – 6:15 pm Keynote / Opening Session – Dr. Tom Osborne
6:15 – 8:00 pm Trade-show Reception / Dinner  Turkey/Prime Rib/ Ocean display; fresh vegetables.
Industry Partner Giveaways
8:00 – 10:00 pm After Party- location to be determined
Day 2 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:45 – 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet- Eggs, biscuits & gravy, potatoes and sausage links
8:00 am – 12:45 pm Registration Open
8:45 – 9:45 am Session: The Creation of Communities Within A Community
Jason Lembke Principal, DLR Group
Marcus Lewton, PhD Principal, Dickinson Middle School
8:45 – 9:45 am CANCELLED: Session: What if We Didn’t Have to Worry About School Safety and Security…What Would Our Schools Look Like?
Judith Hoskens, Principal and Sr. Educational Facility Planner, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Scott Krenner, Project Designer/Architect, Associate Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Blue Bonnet
8:45 – 9:45 am Session: Superintendents' Panel Discussion: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from School Construction Projects
Emily Bannick, Sales Executive, Boyd Jones
Tom Messinger, Superintendent, Red Oak Community School District
Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent, Douglas County West Community Schools
10:00 – 11:00 am Session: Memes, Myths, and Motivation: Are We Focused on What Really Matters in School Planning and Design?
Gregory Monberg, ALEP, AIA, MBA Director of Architecture, Wightman
10:00 – 11:00 am Session: Engaging Students in the Design Process
Vanessa Schutte, AIA, ALEP, K-12 Education Leader | Principal, DLR Group
Dawn Nizzi, CAPS Program Director, Westside Community Schools
Lee Kallstrom, Ph.D., CAPS Program Director, Westside Community Schools
Blue Bonnet
10:00 – 11:00 am Session: Building a Model of Public-Private Partnerships to Develop STEM Career Pathways
Julie Sigmon, Director, Omaha STEM Ecosystem
Ken Sigmon, Education Solutions Specialist, SBI Education
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Lunch -Beef Lasagna/Chicken Picatta/Spinach & Artichoke ravioli- salad and breadsticks
International Update / Regional Update / Regional Awards – Individual
MWGL Business Meeting
12:45 pm Bus departs for Elkhorn
1:15 – 2:30 pm Elkhorn Tour
1401 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn NE 68022
2:30 pm Bus departs for Henry Doorly Zoo Tour / Dinner
3:00 – 4:30 pm Robert B. Daugherty Education Center's Schools at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Tour
3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107
4:30 - 6:00 pm Spend some time exploring the zoo before dinner!  
6:00 – 8:00 pm TreeTop Restaurant Dinner/Lied Jungle
Sponsored by DLR Group
DLR Group
8:30 - 9:30 pm

 Night Cap reception/dessert- Magnolia Courtyard  
Day 3 – Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast Continental- pastries, muffins, bagels, fruit and yogurt
8:15 – 9:15 am SchoolsNEXT Presentation
9:30 am Bus departs for JP Lord
9:40 – 11:30 am JP Lord Tour
(Option 1 – Limited Seats)
There are only 15 spots available for this tour – you must add to your registration – first come first served
4444 Marinda St, Omaha, NE 68105
9:50 am Bus departs for Omaha North HS
10:00 – 11:30 am Omaha North High School Robotics Tour
(Option 2)
4410 N 36th St, Omaha, NE 68111
11:45 – 1:30 pm Closing / Lunch – Upstream Brewery
514 S 11th St, Omaha, NE 68102
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