Monday, September 16, 2019
Harney Elementary School
3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
Vancouver Public Schools – Greening of Schoolyards
When kids have the chance, they love to help transform their schools and add new areas for play, exploration, learning, and adventure. They spend so much time at school, the school campus really is an extension of their own backyard. Or, it IS their backyard. They really do like to own it and care for it, all year. That’s why the Greening of Schoolyards is such an important movement. It takes a different perspective on what school campuses can be for students, staff, and community. GOSY projects empower school communities to utilize the whole campus as a resource, and not just for play: for learning, stress reduction, and creative stimulation as well. GOSY presents a chance to think about the outdoors as an everyday encounter, not a weekend trip to “somewhere.” There are myriad reasons to green up schoolyards and provide these diverse settings, and those reasons are now well documented. Less understood is the process of getting there, and that is at the heart of thoughtful planning and design. Try this exercise: pull up an aerial image of your local elementary school. Ask yourself some questions: how hot is the play area? What spaces are designed for the quiet kids? Where do people take a de-escalation walk? Where could you put a pollinator garden? Where are the teaching spaces? When you begin to consider the answers, your planning is on track. Here, then, is the “Why?” of your planning. A GOSY plan will identify use areas across the whole campus. It will allow specific designs to develop over time, so that new partners can contribute. In the end, a GOSY plan is a bold statement of school and community values. It levels the playing field by expanding it. It commits to a place for every child, every day.
FREE for members | $15 for non-members
Join us for happy hour along the waterfront after the tour!
Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar
111 Parkway Place, Suite 108, Vancouver, WA 98660
Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship Winners!
Camas High School
Boise State University
Central Oregon University
Skyview High School
University of Idaho
SAVE THE DATE!
April 24-26, 2020
Heroes Within Us
525 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
for more information and to register for the conference.
Call for Speakers
The 2020 Pacific Northwest Region Conference committee is now accepting submissions for
speaking engagements for the event April 23-26, 2020 in Portland, OR. The conference theme is Heroes Within Us!
to view Submission Requirements.
Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2019
Call for Heroes!
The Heroes within us theme of the PNW 2020 conference will highlight regional Hero stories from each Chapter. We invite you to submit individuals or groups who have done something extraordinary and made a difference in improving places where children learn. We are looking for Heroes in our schools, students, teachers, administrators, board members, parents, community members, AEC professionals, trades and product representatives. The 2020 conference will celebrate the advancement of education by the effort of many diverse people. Heroes will be featured on the web site and at the conference with social media and displays.
Click here to submit your Hero Today!
Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition
, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen
or Katrina Shum Miller
for more information.