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Transformative Environments: Moving From Inspiration to Activation

Page Dettmann, PhD, ALEP

Brandon Hillman, ALEP

Melissa Cantrell, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Joshua Williams, PMP, CCM

Meteor Education; CDH Partners; DeKalb School District

Domains: Process, Toolbox, Context

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU

Room: A703

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


Master planning sets the course for many years. But building conditions, while important, fall far short of painting a holistic picture of the educational adequacy of a facility. This session will focus on how to bring supportive macro and microenvironments into a district as part of a truly comprehensive Master Planning process reflective of desired student learning experiences and outcomes. Participants will journey in real time, through a VR experience, into districts to see the inspiration and activation of their bold microenvironment initiatives.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be briefed on the impact of a Master Planning process that intentionally includes a thoughtful macro and mirco environment strategy designed around desired instructional goals as part of an overall program. 
  2. Participants will be introduced to the case study of DeKalb School District and review the critical process steps that have been followed to prepare for their roll out of the desired Experiences to Environments initiative. While a specific example - these principles transcend any particular geography. 
  3. Participants will be exposed to some of the core deliverables that are helpful in moving a client from being inspired to transforming the school culture and environments and to activating their decisions within the community.  
  4. Participants will be encouraged to interact, immerse, question, and truly "visit" pilot programs through VR- see the progress and talk with district visionaries who are bringing the reality to their community.