Instruction Before Construction   March 8-10, 2021
Instruction Before Construction
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 9:10 – 10:10 AM

EPiC Elementary School

650 Conistor St
Liberty, MO 64068

EPiC stands for Every Person Inspired to Create. EPiC Elementary is an innovative, technology-infused, project-based learning environment designed to inspire students to be creative and think big. It is their goal to continue to cultivate transformational capabilities in the lives of students such as the power of reflection, unlearning and relearning, empowering creativity, the capacity to practice empathy for others, and the resilience to become their own creators of change in the world around them.

EPiC provides a learning environment where students discover, embrace, and integrate authentic learning experiences to create and design real-world applications of their knowledge. Trained by the Buck Institute for Education, we use project-based learning to integrate core competencies and Partnership for 21st Century skills to provide students the opportunity to learn content standards through the lens of real work, real audience, and relevant to students. Coupled with dynamic teacher instruction, EPiC students explore real challenges and create solutions and share in front of authentic audiences, such as partnerships in community and community exhibit nights.

Housed in a former administrative building, the space was remodeled to created innovative learning environments for all elementary school students while saving District resources and accommodating rapid population growth. Students at EPiC are encouraged to push the boundaries of what an educational space can be. The tour will share how space was reused and how students are thriving in this project-based learning environment as well as what the program has learned over the years since it opened in the fall of 2015.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Here how a public school district piloted a non-traditional learning model as an opportunity to influence project based learning across the district.
  2. Explore project based learning facilitated through a studio environment and team teaching.
  3. Understand what lessons have been learned since opening and what adjustments have been made.
  4. Learn how existing space was transformed to create efficiencies in the delivery of education for a rapidly growing district.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Hollis + Miller Architects
Landscape Architect: n/a
Structural Engineer: Hollis + Miller Architects
Electrical Engineer: Smith & Boucher Engineers
Civil Engineer: Kaw Valley Engineering
Contractor: Universal Construction
Furniture Design and Procurement: Hollis + Miller Architects

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM

LEAD Innovation Studio

7201 N Line Creek Parkway (North on N Line Creek Parkway from NW 68th Street)
Kansas City, MO 64151

For some students in the Park Hill School District, high school looks very different. Students at the LEAD Innovation Studio currently experience a full-day program in a leased space in a local office building, where they immerse themselves in a flexible, personalized learning environment, focused on problem-solving skills, project-based learning and professional experiences.

In the fall of 2020, the new LEAD building will open, specially designed for this unique program. Tour guests will experience a construction tour of the new LEAD Innovation Studio as the new educational space comes to life. See how the new building will support the LEAD curriculum through differentiated and flexible spaces that encourage student exploration and collaboration as well as take advantage of natural light and views out to the trees that surround the new facility.

At LEAD, students take an active role in their learning, while teachers provide the support all students need. Cutting-edge technology allows students to work toward their individual goals with teachers facilitating. LEAD students take the same classes our two high schools offer. However, our instructional model emphasizes project-based, problem-based and professional-based learning (PBL) experiences, along with personalized learning. We support students through regular individual meetings with a mentor who is a teacher and a facilitator, with an emphasis on goal setting and skill development.

Learning Objectives:
  1. The process of district and community engagement to create buy in for this new model of education.
  2. How staff are supported and developed for how education looks different at LEAD.
  3. How is LEAD different than traditional high school, and how does it prepare students for the future.
  4. How did the time spent in the leased office space influence the design of the new facility and impact program evolution.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Hollis + Miller Architects
Landscape Architect: Confluence
Structural Engineer: Hollis + Miller Architects
Electrical Engineer: Smith & Boucher Engineers
Civil Engineer: Kaw Valley Engineering
Contractor: Universal Construction
Furniture Design & Procurement: Hollis + Miller Architects
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