Program Agenda

Creating an Educational Community   April 24-26, 2019
Creating an Educational Community
Omaha Magnolia Hotel
Omaha, Nebraska

Subject to change

Day 1 – Wednesday, April 24, 2019
12:00 – 6:00 pm Registration Open
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (3)
(1) Creating and Sustaining Outdoor Classrooms: Evidence-Based Practices- Blue Bonnet

Jill Primak, PLA, LEED AP Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Designer
Nature Explore/Dimensions Education Research Foundation
(2) Building Genius: Creating New Thinking Spaces for Students
Samuel Johnson, AIA, REFP, LEED AP Principal, Director of PK12 Group,BLDD Architects
Paul Fregeau Superintendent,Decatur Public School District #61
Rachel Emmons Software Solutions Developer,BLDD Architects

2:00 – 4:00 pm Tradeshow Setup
3:15 pm  Bus departs for Oakdale ES 
3:30 – 5:00 pm Oakdale Elementary School Tour
9801 W Center Road, Omaha, NE  68124
5:15 – 6:15 pm    Keynote/Opening Session- Dr. Tom Osborne

Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 to provide support and encouragement to youth.  The goal of the program is for mentors to identify the strengths of their mentees and to see them graduate pursue post-secondary education. There are over 8,000 youth being served across 148 chapters in Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, Kansas and South Dakota. 
Beyond his involvement TeamMates, Tom Osborne has been active in the political arena, as he served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska’s Third Congressional District from 2000 to 2006. 
Tom is probably most widely known for is his 25-year coaching career at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, which earned him a spot in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Tom served as Athletic Director for the University of Nebraska Lincoln for five years and is now retired.  

6:15 – 8:00 pm Tradeshow Reception/Dinner
Industry Partner Giveaways
8:00 – 10:00 pm After Party
Day 2 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:45 pm Registration Open
8:45 – 9:45 am Breakout Sessions (3)
(1) The Creation of Communities Within A Community-Columbine
Jason Lembke Principal, DLR Group
Marcus Lewton, PhD Principal, Dickinson Middle School
(2) "What if We Didn’t Have to Worry about School Safety and Security…What would our Schools Look Like?”- Blue Bonnet
Judith Hoskens Principal and Sr. Educational Facility Planner, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Scott Krenner Project Designer/Architect, Associate Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
(3) Superintendents' Panel Discussion: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from School Construction Projects- Lotus
Emily Bannick Sales Executive, Boyd Jones
Tom Messinger Superintendent, Red Oak Community School District
Melissa Poloncic Superintendent, Douglas County West Community Schools
10:00 – 11:00 am Breakout Sessions (3)
(1) Memes, Myths, and Motivation: Are We Focused on What Really Matters in School Planning and Design?- Columbine
Gregory Monberg, ALEP AIA MBA Director of Architecture, Wightman
(2) Engaging Students in the Design Process- Blue Bonnet
Vanessa Schutte, AIA, ALEP K-12 Education Leader | Principal, DLR GRoup
Dawn Nizzi CAPS Program Director, Westside Community Schools
Lee Kallstrom, Ph.D. CAPS Program Director, Westside Community School
(3) Building a Model of Public-Private Partnerships to Develop STEM Career Pathwaysls- Lotus
Julie Sigmon Director, Omaha STEM Ecosystem
Ken Sigmon Education Solutions Specialist,SBI Education
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
International Update / Regional Update / Regional Awards – Individual
MWGL Business Meeting
12:45 pm Bus departs for Elkhorn tour
1:15 – 2:30 pm Elkhorn Tour
1401 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn NE 68022
2:30 pm Bus departs for Henry Dorrly Zoo Tour/Dinner
3:00 – 4:30 pm Robert B. Daugherty Education Center's Schools at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Tour
3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107
5:00 – 7:00 pm TreeTop Restaurant Dinner 
Sponsored by DLR Group
Day 3 – Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet
8:15 – 9:15 am SchoolsNEXT Presentation
9:30 am  Bus departs for JP Lord Tour 
9:40 – 11:30 am Tour JP Lord (Option 1 – Limited Seats)  There are only 15 spots available for this tour- you must add to your registration- first come first served
4444 Marinda St, Omaha, NE 68105

“Designing to Meet the Unique Needs of a School District’s Most Fragile Students”
How can a school be designed to meet the diverse needs of a population comprised entirely of students with severe cognitive and physical disabilities?
Omaha Public Schools (OPS) recently embarked upon the unique challenge of delivering a replacement facility for the Dr. J.P. Lord School – a program serving approximately 64 students ages 5 through 21 years with multiple disabilities. This session will include a tour and discussion of the completed facility, exploring the methods and strategies the architects, designers and OPS staff developed to meet the extensive range of medical needs of the students within a sensory rich educational environment.
9:50 am Bus departs for Omaha North HS
10:00 – 11:30 am Omaha North High School Robotics (Option 2)
4410 N 36th St, Omaha, NE 68111
Omaha North High School Robotics is a world competitive program inspiring students to become the problem solving heroes of tomorrow. A remodeled space in the 1924 high school offers students a rich and exciting platform to immerse themselves in the areas of STEM through the fun of building robots.

North High Robotics   North High Robotics
11:45 – 1:30 pm Closing / Lunch – Upstream Brewery
514 S 11th St, Omaha, NE 68102
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