2013 Annual Regional Conference
April 18-20, 2013
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
In the 14th through 17th centuries dissemination of thought, idea and information made available in part through invention of the printing press created a revival of intellectual vigor and achievement known as the Renaissance. Access to information that was once available only to the elite became available to the masses. Human achievement was celebrated through the arts. The architecture of that period reflected the need for human interaction and a connection between scientific discovery, construction techniques and artistic expression.
In much the same way we are experiencing an educational renaissance today. Digital tools provide easy access to content allowing learning to occur anytime, anywhere. Proliferation of this technology has transformed the educational process by shifting the focus from the teacher to the student. In this new student centric environment teachers better understand the learning style of each of their students and can use their talent to develop our students' traditional core skills while developing higher skills such as:
Functional Numeracy and Literacy
Communications and Media Literacy
Critical thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration and Teamwork
Creativity and Innovation
Motivation, Self-regulation and Adaptability
Ethics, Civic Responsibility, Cross Cultural Awareness.
These exciting developments in the educational process create an interesting challenge to educational facility planners and designers. How can we transform our school infrastructure to provide the environments that are necessary to develop these skills, given the current economic climate? Is it possible to create 21st century learning environments utilizing school infrastructure that has been unchanged since the 19th century? The 2013 conference will focus on these questions. The conference venue is in Pittsburgh, a city recognized globally for its ability to redefine itself from an industrial center into a hub for education, healthcare, energy, and technology through two renaissance periods.
The conference format has also experienced a renaissance. Our seminar sessions and learning tours will be combined so that we can receive the conference content while experiencing some of the area's best examples of transformed learning environments. As an added bonus our Saturday post conference workshop will be held in conjunction with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece.
School of the Future