After careful deliberation the organizing committees of A4LE events have decided that it will be in the best interest of all delegates to postpone upcoming events through May. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and security of our members and delegates. Given the rapid escalation of the COVID – 19 (“Coronavirus”) and subsequent declarations of emergencies and health crisis concerns from local, state, provincial and federal government officials, we felt the need to take this course of action.
At this time, A4LE staff and volunteers are negotiating to find alternative dates that are suitable for postponement of events. The planning committees have promised stellar events, and we do not want to lose that momentum. We will be seeking a remedy to this that will carry all of the hard work forward, taking all events to fruition at a later date. We will continue to update on the progress.
A4LE Mission :: Leading innovation at the intersection of learning and place.
The A4LE mission statement above is at the core of work we do in the Virginia Chapter for the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE). Our chapter consists of design professionals, planners, facility and operational leaders, and educators, all of whom are focused on K-12 facilities and environments and providing innovative facilities and spaces that support learning in today’s world.
This past year has been a transformative year in our chapter as we have expanded our message and purpose to reach those not historically involved in our organization – educators! The response has been overwhelming as many educators have attended both our mid-year and annual conferences and K-12 teacher/administrator membership in our organization is growing.
For this coming year, we are planning further innovation with our annual conference by combining with the SE and NE A4LE Chapters to bring you a never-been-done-before
event, the A4LE 2021 East Conference in Washington, DC, where we will truly revisit our purpose and empower our creativity by looking “Inside the Mind of the Learner
”. We hope that you will join us there for what should be a remarkable coming together of thought leaders in how children learn and in planning learning environments to support the needs of the “whole” child. Please stay tuned for more details as planning for this amazing event unfolds.
March 18-20, 2021
Inside the Mind of the Learner
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.
A4LE Vision :: A world in which place is a catalyst for inspired learning. Connected professionals imagining, promoting, and realizing that vision.
We invite you to become involved in our chapter as there are many ways to participate and further the mission of VA-A4LE. Each year we host a one-day conference in the fall (to be virtual in 2020) and our annual conference in the spring. These are opportunities to engage other professionals in workshops, lectures, small groups, panel discussions and in other social settings to further the mission to provide the best and most innovative learning environments to students. The success of our chapter is also dependent on our professional partners whose support through the sponsorship of our two conferences is vital. We thank them for their continued support of our chapter and for the relationships we share outside of the chapter.
It is an exciting time to be a part of this evolving vision for planning K-12 learning environments with such a diverse group of people committed to innovation and success! I invite you to become involved today.
C. Michael Ross, AIA, REFP