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Virtual Trivia Night

December 17, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Get a team together and join us on Zoom for a Virtual Trivia Night!

Information for Players:

  1. Form your team ahead of time. Make sure you are able to communicate with all teammates in advance of the game. If you are not working together in-person use Zoom or a similar technology, with the group-host sharing their screen. You may have as many people on a team as you wish, but a group of 4-7 players is ideal.

  2. Make sure everyone on your team can watch the live broadcast at  If you are using Zoom, this would ideally be on the shared screen. (NOTE: This link will not work before the broadcast begins on December 17 at 4:50pm) You may wish to use your own device to watch as there is a chat feature that you can use to communicate with us directly.

  3. One person (the team scribe) will register your team on December 17 between 4:30pm-5:00pm at This person should either be using a computer with multiple windows open so that the broadcast screen ( ) and the answer form ( ) can be viewed simultaneously. Alternately the scribe can use two devices; one to watch the broadcast and another to enter answers. Do not register ahead of time, this will either not work or it will create problems.

*If someone on your team is experiencing issues the best way to communicate to us is through the chat feature on the broadcast. We are happy to help make sure the game is functioning for you!

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Zoom Happy Hour!

Happy Hour   October 15, 2020
4:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

What have we learned since school has reopened?

Members: Free | Non-Members: $10.00

You must register by October 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern

Zoom Happy Hour!

Happy Hour   Thursday, July 9, 2020
5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Chapter Tour

February 20, 2020
3:00 PM
1800 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

McQuaid Jesuit
McQuaid McQuaid Jesuit is a 63-year-old, nationally recognized, college preparatory school in Rochester, NY whose mission is to inspire young men to pursue excellence in all things, service to others, and a life-long commitment to justice. When the school determined the need to expand their S.T.E.M. studies, in addition to common requirements and aspirations expressed during the programming phase (daylighting, views, energy efficiency, etc.), there were program goals particular to the school and intended to reinforce this mission. While requiring state-of-the-art equipment and supportive technologies to challenge and inspire the students there was a stated goal for the environment to support individuals and small or larger groups of different learning styles and to encourage social interaction, cross-cultural awareness, and a sense of community.

The result of the school’s vision is The Wegman Family Science and Technology Center, 39,900 square foot learning environment offering flexible and adaptable education spaces planned around a central community hub of informal interaction, collaboration and reflection spaces. The building provides for a range of classroom configurations and teaching dynamics both inside and out. The tiered ground floor connects to the Commons, a new exterior tiered gathering space linking the Wegman Center with the campus cafeteria, gymnasium, field house and playing fields in a space that is popular with students, faculty, parents, and alumni.

The Wegman Center is clad in glass and variegated metal panels the color and scale of which relate to the existing red brick campus while simultaneously displaying a sleek, angular, and thoroughly modern design befitting the progressive program it contains. The completed building and grounds have been extremely successful, offering the McQuaid Jesuit campus a bright, dynamic, and attractive hub of campus connectivity which had long been missing from the academic experience.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

K-12 Educational Furniture Expo

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 am – 5 pm

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
173 Lakehill Road
Burnt Hills, NY 12027

This event is free to educators and their guests.
Please RSVP.
Vendor Arrival: 8 – 10 am
Expo Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Breakdown / Move Out: 5 – 7 pm

Fee: $500 for a 10' x 10' spot

Event Sponsor:

Movie Night at CPL Architecture, Engineering & Planning

50 Front Street, Suite 202, Newburgh, NY 12550

Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Commercial Sector Members $20
Commercial Sector Non-Members $30
FREE for School District Personnel!

2.5 AIA HSW credits available

Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" Movie
Most Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. Run, don't walk, to bring this film to your school. After seeing this film, you'll never look at school the same way again.

More information is available on the web site.

Movie Night at King+King Architects

358 W Jefferson Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Arrive: 3:30 – 4PM
Movie: 4 – 5:30PM
Food Break: 5:30 – 6PM
Discussion: 6 – 7PM

Commercial Sector Members $20
Commercial Sector Non-Members $30
FREE for School District Personnel!

Refreshments provided by King+King Architects

Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" Movie
Most Likely To Succeed is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. Run, don't walk, to bring this film to your school. After seeing this film, you'll never look at school the same way again.

More information is available on the web site.

Chapter School Tour

Thursday, January 25, 2018
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Maple Hill High School
1216 Maple Hill Road
Castleton, NY 12033

Join the New York Chapter for a presentation and tour of Maple Hill Middle School, Schodack CSD, Castleton, NY.

Private Sector Members: $20
Private Sector Non-Members: $45
School District Employees/Educators: FREE

2 AIA HSW CEUs available

Maple Hill Maple Hill

The Capital Project began under the leadership of former Superintendent Bob Horan, who strongly believed that design has a significant impact on teaching and learning. Developing a school that allowed for significant improvements to outdated classrooms while taking advantage of modern design throughout the rest of the building was a must. Through multiple site visits, research, and collaboration with various stakeholders, Mr. Horan's vision of a modern school facility began to take shape. Through a collaborative effort with our architects, Synthesis, and our project management firm, Turner Construction, and our furniture vendor, Meteor, a complete renovation of the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award winning Maple Hill High School is underway. The new learning environment offers enhanced security, non-traditional learning spaces, and creative design that builds student ownership and fosters teamwork and collaboration. The planning began over 5 years ago and once the project is complete, it will allow for the district to vacate the current Maple Hill Middle School and reconfigure to a K-6 Castleton Elementary School and 7-12 Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School. The expected completion date for the entire project is August 2018.

As part of the presentation, participants will:
  • Learn from a host of representatives from Schodack CSD, Synthesis Architects, and Turner Construction about the collaborative efforts of all involved to help make the district's vision for the project a reality.
  • Learn about the process used to gather input from various stakeholder groups to inform the design process.
  • Better understand how the vision for the learning environment, our beliefs in teaching and learning, and the culture of the district influenced the design of the facility.
  • Have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session.
  • Tour the building.

The maximum number of people that can attend: 50


3:00 – 4:00 pm Presentation
4:00 – 5:00 pm Walking Tour
5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking Event at Fort Orange Brewery
450 North Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12204
Details to follow

Thank you to our sponsors!

Meteor Synthesis Turner

Chapter School Tour

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen
2072 Curry Road
Schenectady, NY 12303

Join the New York Chapter on a school tour of the newly constructed 52,700 SF.

$20 Members
$45 Non-Members
FREE Educators

Housing untraditional, high-tech classrooms and laboratories designed to simulate real-world work environments, the complex exists through a partnership between Mohonasen Central School District, Schenectady County Community College, and Capital Region Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Mohonasen Mohonasen

To align with the region's need to build a skilled workforce pipeline for local industries, the facility supports unique programs and offers an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning that is integral to STEAM education for traditional students and adult learners. Spaces include a large group instruction room for traditional presentations/lectures; an electrical lab for alternative energy and photovoltaic systems; an advanced machining/manufacturing lab; a nanotechnology lab; a health professions lab; a black box theatre/graphic arts lab; a welding lab; and a woodshop classroom, among other classrooms and meeting space.

With the ability to accommodate more than 400 students each day, the CAT has the potential to truly change the career trajectory of many local high school, college, and adult learners. By molding exactly what regional manufacturing businesses are looking for, students will leave this facility with what it takes to succeed in the Capital Region and beyond.

3 AIA Credits Available

2:00 pm A/E Team Presentation
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Discussion with School Administration
4:00 pm Facility Tour
5:15 pm Social/Happy Hour

Chapter School Tour

November 10, 2016
10:30 am
Churchville-Chili Central School District
Churchville, NY

10:30 Arrival at SEI Rochester Office
10:30-12:30 Project Overview Presentation and Catered Lunch (11:30-12:30)
12:30 Travel to Churchville-Chili Central School District (CCCSD) – Main Campus Facility
1-2:30 Exterior/Interior Walking tour of CCCSD Phase 2 Project
2:30-3:30 Panel Discussion with CCCSD Superintendent, Principal & Business Official
4:00-until ? Reception & Brewery tour of Rohrbach Brewery – Public Market Location

Member: $10 / Non-Member: $20

Chapter School Tour

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
4:30-5:30 pm
an informal gathering at a local establishment will follow
Troy Middle School, 1976 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

Troy MS Troy MS

Design Team: Mosaic Associates, Hamlin Design, Educational Legacy Planning

Originally built in the early 1970's, Troy Middle School (TMS) lacked natural light and sufficient air quality. Circulation patterns were poor and did not provide enough sight for adequate supervision. Renovations included the reconfiguration of pathways to provide clear lines of sight for ease of supervision. The primary entry was transformed to better orient students, staff and community members. It serves as a gateway between the community and the school in a welcoming fashion. The main atrium provides an informal gathering place and the adjacent "Troy Room" has a more formal purpose for student and community events.

To foster collaborative teaching and community among students, staff and faculty, "small learning communities" were created and designed via adjacency, proximity and primary circulation routes. Each small learning community provides facilities for two teams of core teachers and an administrative and guidance team. These "communities" engender a sense of camaraderie within a larger school environment.

Planning Today for the Schools of Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New York Council of School Superintendents
Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga, NY

Members $0 / Non-Members $25

Sponsorship Opportunities
Signature $2,500 Sole sponsor of event. All concessions provided. 1 available.
Platinum $1,000 All concession listed above + recognition in regional newsletter and regional conference. Shared Sponsorship – 2 Sponsorships Available.
Gold $500 Logo & Link on website and recognition at event and on website. Shared Sponsorship.
Event $250 Logo and Link on website and recognition at event. Multiple Sponsors.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Mosaic BBS CS Arch Doban Architecture
Hamlin Tetra Tech Turner

11:30 am Registration

12 pm Speaker/Lunch

"Higher Level Planning & Your 2015 Building Conditions Survey"
Carl Thurnau, Director of Facilities Planning
New York State Education Department

Carl's keynote will focus on ways a school district can effectively leverage the state mandated 2015 Building Condition Survey/Five-Year Plan, which is the one opportunity district's have to receive state support for long range planning initiatives.

Following lunch, a fascinating case study will be presented about a school district located in Levittown Pennsylvania that neglected its buildings for decades, but rallied the community around a District-wide consolidation/renovation program that is transforming a community.

1:30 pm

"Re-envisioning The Schools of Levittown for 21st Century Learning"
David Schrader, Managing Partner, Schrader Group Architecture, will be joined by Dr. Samuel Lee, Superintendent of Schools, Bristol Township School District, Bristol, Pennsylvania. They will discuss how a district that grew and flourished in the post-World War II era embarked upon a grassroots effort to replace nine elementary schools with three state-of-the-art facilities. This massive effort is re-invigorating neighborhoods, reducing District operating costs and providing a growing student population in Levittown with safe and secure 21st century schools.
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3 pm
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