2019 Annual Chapter Conference

Building Bridges for Education March 31 – April 2, 2019
Building Bridges for Education
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

President’s Welcome

HalBowen I want to welcome you to the annual conference of the North Carolina Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). I am so pleased you could join us in Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation.

This year our theme is Building Bridges for Education. The design of learning environments is evolving rapidly to keep pace with advances in technology, concerns about security in our schools, and a greater awareness of the need to accommodate different styles of learning. Debates over issues such as school funding, learning gaps in classrooms, and how to provide welcoming and engaging community schools that are still safe for our children can have a polarizing effect on society. Our conference brings together key stakeholders who are passionate about learning environments to facilitate a constructive dialogue for solutions to these challenging issues.

The Sunday night reception will be held at the new Forsyth County Central Library, an exciting and transformative project for Winston-Salem, and a short walk from our conference site in the recently redesigned Winston-Salem Marriott. The reception will be immediately followed by a dinner dine-around affording you the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friendships while experiencing the charm and walkability of downtown Winston- Salem.

Our keynote speaker, Dave Davlin, is a fun and motivational speaker with twenty-five years of experience that began as a national speaker in public schools across America. He was instrumental in the fight for education funding and against drugs in our schools. Dave’s message has made a difference in the lives of many and I know you will enjoy his presentation.

Our breakout sessions cover a wide range of important topics at the forefront of creating today’s learning environments and will be presented by leaders in education including many of our peers. Architects, engineers and educational product vendors will also have exhibits and be on hand to discuss new trends and products impacting learning environments.

Our final day will open with a special school security panel discussion focused on finding solutions to the tragic school shootings that have become all too common. We will hear from key school stakeholders including a school board member, a high school principal, an assistant superintendent, a school police officer, a security consultant, and a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I hope you can join us to reconnect with old friends and continue our important work to advance learning environments. Thank you and I look forward to welcoming you to Winston-Salem.


Hal Bowen
North Carolina Chapter President
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