2012 Annual Chapter Conference
December 6-7, 2012
CONVERGENCE: System Thinking for Better Schools
King Career Center, 2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
The Alaska Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is pleased to announce its annual conference in Anchorage, Dec. 6-7, 2012. We are honored to host keynote Bill Reed, AIA, LEED AP, an internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in sustainability and transformative regeneration. Bill's work centers on creating the framework for, and managing of, an integrative, whole-systems design process. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places, and therefore the planet. Bill is an architect, planner, design process facilitator, lecturer, and author. His school planning and design work has been instrumental in empowering teachers, students, and families to think about teaching, learning, and the environment as a whole system. This allows the highest level of performance across every sustainability metric – and beyond, into regenerating the health of our ecological, social and cultural systems.
We would also like to welcome, keynote speaker Diana Fisher. Ms. Fisher has taught system dynamics modeling courses at both the high school and university level for 20 years. Her formal training in system dynamics modeling is through Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has provided system dynamics workshops for math and science teachers, sponsored by NASA, as well as directing two National Science Foundation Projects where she taught system dynamics lessons for math, science, and social science teachers, serving as the lead principal investigator. Her book "Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course" is in its third edition and has been translated to Japanese. These hands-on materials have provided interested university professors, government officials, and business consultants opportunities to increase their understanding of the standard modeling structures needed to begin to model dynamic systems. Ms. Fisher was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Intel's Innovation in Teaching Award, and the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award.
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