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Special Chapter Event

Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick
801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI

    3 LU/HSW

The Process of Knowing Symposium

21st Century Learning Environments in Rhode Island: Think. Plan. Build.
Providence Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, explore and examine best practices to improve school project planning, public engagement, and design and construction delivery platforms in the State of Rhode Island.

Program

8:00 – 8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Education, State of Rhode Island
9:15 – 9:45 AM Change is Possible
Robert Hendricks, III, ALEP, Educational Legacy Planning
9:45 – 10:15 AM Career Pathways
Lorraine B. Finnegan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, MCPPO, Principal, Vice President, Director of K-12 Studio, SMMA

How can communities and schools respond to new pedagogy to provide students’ opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be college or career ready?

Traditionally Centers for technical education have been perceived as serving students uninterested or incapable of learning in a “standard” high school environment – pulling students from various geographic locales into a centralized environment. As college costs continue to rise and as career ready education and gains interest and as vocational programs draw a broader student and parent interest we see an evolution of the traditional CTC school which is not necessarily producing “tradesmen” and as today’s academic high schools integrate head to hand skills for deeper and social emotional learning as many students by desire or necessity desire to remain “closer to home”. These skills are bringing what goes on in the respective classrooms closer together and in the process bringing the students enrolled in the programs closer together. Both models are in fact moving closer to a comprehensive model of learning.

Connecting vocations to creative expression and learning pathways – the arts and providing exposure to skills that transform a vocational job to a career and/or business mindset – linking to civic values best taught thru the humanities and conducted in the social environment of a school at the heart of a community.

STEM field curricula through PBL and hands on learning are the skills that need to be developed in the early years to prepare students for deeper learning in secondary education - As noted by Indra Krishnamurthy Nooryi Pepsi CEO STEM related skills are foundational and easier to learn at younger ages than later in life and can serve and support a fuller life and career path as a student’s exposure is widened.

How can learning environments contribute and facilitate these goals?

Learning Objectives:
  1. How shared academic and CTE environments can benefit all students
  2. Exposure to varied career opportunities and reducing the stigma of a vocation – importance of the exploratory model.
  3. How adjacencies of academic and CTE can be accomplished
  4. How the Next Generation Science Standards impact learning environments for elementary and middle school grades
10:15 – 10:45 AM Healthy and Sustainable Learning Environments
Chin Lin, Senior Associate, HMFH Architects

Learning environments significantly impact both our ability to learn and overall health; when designed thoughtfully, these environments can improve learning capability and health by using elements in lighting, acoustics, and other design choices. Efficient lighting design balances student exposure to natural daylight with artificial lighting to support a healthy circadian rhythm, and environments with low noise levels allow students to better understand their teachers, while preventing individuals with audio sensitivities from experiencing noise-induced anxiety. Similarly, attention to indoor air quality through the selection of certain building materials can reduce asthma triggers. This workshop explores the ways in which design can maximize the potential of current technology in lighting, acoustics, and other building elements, to create environments that enhance learning, reduce absenteeism, and improve health.
10:45 – 11:15 AM Visualizing the Transformed Learning Environment: Empowering the Educator
Philip R. Conte, AIA, NCARB, Principal / Project Manager, StudioJAED

The important factors that contribute to improved performance in classroom environments such as Light, Temperature, Air Quality, Ownership, Flexibility, Complexity, and Color can be optimally adapted with input and data from those that will be teaching and learning in that space. As designers, if we can create a virtual space to engage these users in the immersive environment, then those who are challenged with visualization using 2-dimensional representations may become our most valuable contributors.

Changing spatial arrangements, color schemes and furniture placement on demand and being able to walk through the space, seeing these changes, will empower educators to better understand the space and how it could shape the delivery of their curriculum. Virtual Reality is not just an advanced media product that enables representation and simulation of reality, but rather becomes an expansion of spatial understanding. By extension of the mental experience, educators can expand the creative imagination of the entire design team. Additionally, life safety elements of a building‘s composition can be explored, shared, and better designed with the use of virtual reality experiences. An example of this is enhancing the wayfinding for fire escape routes and training for active shooter events. With the use of virtual reality, staff and first responders can test simulations in a safe and controlled pre-build.

Virtual reality is evolving from 3-dimensional planned computer animations, as passive expressions of designed space, to interactive real-time explorations. Computer graphic visualization enhances the representational possibilities, enabling not just the visual senses, but providing the educator with direct involvement, interaction and exploration of the created space. Bringing this to the preliminary project phases allows the designer to economically gain user input prior to the expense of construction documentation, and on a timely basis to inform the entire design team early and often in the design process.
11:15 – 11:45 AM Transforming the Learning Environment: New vs. Renovation
Ron Lamarre, AIA, ALEP, ALA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Principal, Lavallee | Brensinger Architects

Transforming your learning environment starts with one of the most important discussions: “whether to renovate or build new”. Balancing the need for better learning places and spaces requires the greatest return on investment; meaning getting more for less. Considering today’s need for safe, secure, inspirational, and meaningful schools requires a wide range of visioning and prioritizing to get the “biggest bang for your buck”. This 30-minute conversation explores thoughtful criteria and procedures to aid in this important decision; and the consequences of the conclusion.
11:45 – 12:15 PM Project Timelines and Delivery Methods
William “Bill” Bryan, Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company
12:15 – 12:30 PM Closing Remarks
Joseph da Silva, PhD, AIA, School Construction Coordinator, RIDE

Cost
Program Fee for A4LE Members: $25.00
Public Officials and Educators: FREE

The symposium will be facilitated by members/partners of the Association for Learning Environments and industry leaders in the K-12 market:
    Educational Legacy Planning
    Gilbane Building Company
    HFMH Architects
    Lavallee | Brensinger Architects
    SMMA Architecture | Engineering | InteriorDesign | Planning
    StudioJAED Architects Engineers Facility Solutions


Chapter Event

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Houlton Junior High School
MSAD 29 Houlton School District
3 Bird St, Houlton, ME 04730

Nationally Renowned Educational Leader Dr. William Daggett

5 AIA LU AIA

Preparing Students for Their Future
Houlton Rules, regulations, teaching practices, and traditions that exist in today’s American education were created during the Second Industrial Revolution. As we attempt to meet the needs of today’s students, who have lived their entire lives in the technological/information-based Third Industrial Revolution, this system is being challenged. It’s about to be challenged even more as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a fusion of technologies that most can’t yet fathom. To be prepared for this changing world, today’s students need a future-focused education program that prepares them with a higher and different set of skills and knowledge than what is currently being taught. It can be done, but how?

In this presentation, Dr. Daggett will explain how these 20th century practices came about and describe why and how transformation is needed. He will share various strategies from the nation’s most rapidly improving schools that have successfully addressed these challenges to prepare all students for the world in which they will live and work.

About the Presenter
Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 25 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

While an avid supporter of public education, he also challenges all of us to be more focused on our children’s future than on maintaining the schools of our youth. His insights and leadership has caused nearly every major education association in the country, hundreds of school districts, numerous political and business leaders, publishers, and others to seek out his advice and guidance.

Attendees
Teachers and Ed Techs from the following districts: RSU 29, RSU 50, RSU 84, MSAD 70, Region 2 School of Applied Technology, Members of the New England Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments.

Mandatory sign-in for each district for purpose of certificates.

Program
7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast
muffins, donuts, fruit salad, coffee, and juice
8:30 – 10:00 AM Dr. Daggett
10:00 – 10:20 AM Break
10:20 – 12:00 PM Presentation continues
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
Please select your option when you register
Option 1: Lasagna with meat sauce, salad bar, roll, and dessert
Option 2: Vegetarian lasagna, salad bar, roll, and dessert
Option 3: Barbecue pulled pork over roll, salad bar, and dessert
1:00 – 2:30 PM Presentation

Cost
Member $25 | Non-Member $50

Deadline for registration and meal selection March 2, 2018.
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