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Chapter Meeting

Thursday, March 15, 2018
9:00 am – 10:30 am
PAST Innovation Lab
1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

9:00 – 10:00 am Panel Discussion
Moderated by Troy Glover, Educational Planner and Associate with Fanning Howey
10:00 – 10:30 am Tour of the PAST Innovation Lab
Scott Geither – Project Architect at WSA Studio
Kirsten Sheely – Interior Designer at WSA Studio

Schools of the Future: Aligning School Design with Ohio Educational Standards, Guidelines, and Funding
PAST Innovation Lab High performance learning environments can take on many shapes and sizes, but they all utilize the same concepts based around how the modern student learns. Concepts of flexibility, collaboration and integrated technologies serve to strengthen students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative and inspiring atmosphere. The state of Ohio has been pursuing the development and progression of these environments to continue to improve the education of our students.

A diverse panel comprised of representatives from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), a leading school district and an educational design firm will discuss the future of high performance learning environments in Ohio and across the nation. Panelists will highlight how a new or renovated school project can become a high performance learning environment through the state of Ohio standards, guidelines and funding.

Mr. Troy Glover
Educational Planner and Associate, Fanning Howey
Stephanie Meeks Ms. Stephanie Meeks
Director Integrated Technology, Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
Stephanie Donofe Meeks is director of integrated technology at the Ohio Department of Education, where she supports technology integration innovations and blended learning initiatives for districts and schools across the state. Before joining the department, she served as district coordinator for Instructional Technology at Westerville City Schools and Olentangy Local Schools, as well as a teacher and school librarian with the Diocese of Columbus Schools, Columbus City Schools, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany and Korea and Edison Local Schools.
Holly Lavender Ms. Holly Lavender
STEM Education Lead, Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
Holly Lavender is part of the Ohio Department of Education – Office of Innovation team, which oversees and manages state efforts to support innovative schools such as STEM Education, Competency-Based Education and the Innovation Lab Network. After teaching high school physics and mathematics for 14 years, Holly was part of a state-wide team to provide support to Ohio educators in assessment literacy and curriculum development, and later joined the department as a content and assessment lead for the state’s science and mathematics assessments. Holly is currently the STEM Education lead at the department, and is working with the department and other stakeholders to promote and scale up innovative best practices in STEM, and to support the work being done by Ohio’s Competency-Based Education pilot program.
Kate Thoma Ms. Kate Thoma
Assistant Principal, New Albany-Plain Local Schools
Kate Thoma is the Assistant Principal at New Albany Intermediate School. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and Ashland University, she has been with the New Albany Plain Local School District since 2004. Throughout her career, she has served in many roles including an Intervention Specialist, Classroom Teacher, and Technology Learning Coach. During her Administrative Internship, she developed a series of Professional Development Graduate Courses for teachers both in and beyond her school district. Additionally, she assisted with the process of opening their newest building on campus, where she is now the Assistant Principal. Kate is extremely passionate about redesigning educational spaces to meet the needs of today’s learners. Even more important to Kate, is the work that goes into launching a 21st Century school, that supports teachers in maximizing the potential of these environments in order to foster critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Glenn Rowell Mr. Glenn Rowell
Planning Administrator, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)
Since 1997 Mr. Rowell has been engaged as a planner with the Ohio state agency “Ohio School Facilities Commission” through its transition to the “Ohio Facilities Construction Commission”. He has worked with more than 200 of Ohio’s public K‐12 school districts in developing master plans for their school building improvement programs. Currently in his 21st year of educational planning, Glenn continues to assist school districts with transitions from 20th‐century pedagogies and facilities to contemporary, forward‐ thinking educational practices and the facilities that support next‐generation education, and is actively engaged with the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) in the pursuit of improving educational learning environments. Glenn has been in the architectural profession for 37 years and holds architectural licenses in Texas and Ohio and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Rod Wiford Mr. Rodney D. Wiford, AIA, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, REFP
Project Executive, Fanning Howey
Rod Wiford is a project executive with the Celina, Ohio, office of Fanning Howey, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the design of learning environments. Rod combines an in-depth knowledge of the Ohio School Design manual with a passion for creating future-ready schools that lift students to new heights. Rod was the project executive for the new West Muskingum Elementary School in Zanesville, Ohio, a school created under the OFCC’s guidelines for High Performance Learning Environments.

Dinner & Presentation

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
4199 W Dublin Granville Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

La Scala
La Scala Join us at La Scala for dinner and a presentation from Dr. Gary Allread, Professor and Program Director Institute of Ergonomics at The Ohio State University.

Gary Allread Ph.D.
Gary Allread Ph.D. Dr. Allread is the Program Director of the Institute for Ergonomics at The Ohio State University. A Certified Professional Ergonomist, he works extensively with companies and organizations nationwide, to provide a variety of ergonomics support services. This includes: conducting ergonomics worksite assessments; giving general and customized ergonomics training; and developing and managing companies' ergonomics programs. He also works closely with Ohio State's well-respected ergonomics faculty and staff to conduct quantitative research for those seeking more-detailed analyses of their products and work functions.

Dr. Allread coordinates Ohio State's popular Ergonomics Short Course, offered bi-annually on OSU's main campus in Columbus. Recently, he has also lent his expertise to those in the foundry, automotive assembly, hospitality, healthcare, and air transportation industries, to improve work practices and reduce injuries among employees.

Members: $40.00
Non-members: $45.00
(meal is included)

December Meeting & Holiday Event

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 6.00 pm
Montgomery Inn
4565 West Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin OH 43017

Ecole Kenwood French Immersion School
Columbus, Ohio
High performance learning concepts where embraced in the design of this new PK-6 school, providing for a large gathering stair/presentation space near the center of the building, as well as collaboration/extended learning areas in each of the four academic wings. The building is on track to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Olentangy Berlin High School
Lewis Center, Ohio
Using Olentangy's recent successful high school layouts from Liberty and Orange High Schools as the basis of design, Olentangy incorporated new Collaboration studios into the academic studios to provide high-performance learning spaces for today's academic program. Various other improvements were made throughout the building to address security and technology.

Beavercreek D-Lab Renovations
Beavercreek, Ohio
Eighth through twelfth grade students collaborate, prototype and present in four new Design Thinking Labs throughout the district. Students develop the ability to investigate a problem, apply relevant knowledge, and take responsibility for their learning by utilizing critical thinking and solving problems as an application of design thinking. The flexible spaces are created to put students at ease, foster collaboration, and engage and support 21st century learners.

Strongsville Middle School
Strongsville, Ohio
This project is for a new Middle School housing 1,340 students and incorporating high-performance learning principles and encouraging teaming and small group learning in twelve small communities. The building also includes an 800-seat auditorium and an oversized gymnasium.

Chapter Meeting

Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
West Muskingum PK-4 Elementary School Learning Center
200 Kimes Road, Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Building is one of the latest examples of 21st Century Learning principles. Tour will be followed by a meal and a discussion on 21st Century Learning.

The tour will provide educators not familiar with the student-centered concept as well as those wanting to see examples with an opportunity to see a school first-hand. By default, the tour will allow educators to compare a typical or traditional learning environment with the student centered learning environment.


Chapter Dinner Meeting

December 3, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Kona Grill

Kona Grill at Easton, Columbus, Easton Town Center
4087 New Bond St. #502, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614.347.3007

December Social & Panel Discussion

"Experiences with Construction Delivery Methods"

Dr. Bill Wise, Superintendent of South-Western City Schools
Clair Howey, Fanning Howey
Holly McLean, Quandel Group
Rodwell King, GPD Group

Members: $30
Non Members $35

Chapter Tour & Dinner Meeting

June 11, 2015
Tour at 5:30 pm, dinner to follow

Tour: New Albany-Plain Local Schools New Learning Center, 177 North High Street, New Albany, OH 43054 (map)

Dinner: Ella Restaurant, 266 E. Main Street, New Albany, OH 43054 (map)

New Albany-Plain Local Schools New Learning Facility

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