Unconference for Organizational Resilience

Speakers:

Derek Labrecque
JK Architecture Engineering;

Aaron Jobson
AIA, ALEP
Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Frank Locker
ALEP
Frank Locker Educational Planning

Nick Salmon

AIA LU:

Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:
Abstract:

knowledge with schools around the world. We are fortunate to work with schools focused on breaking from traditional models of learning environments, pedagogies and daily bell schedules and aspire to bring that energy to this workshop. This session provides flexibility for participants to share their greatest challenges in a setting where they can be supported by their peers, develop creative solutions and meaningful connections that will carry the power of the conference well beyond the time together in Chicago. .   Harnessing the Power of A4LE through 15 Genius Bars

  • Bring your real-world challenge to the session with adequate materials (plans, photos, videos, budgets) to share with 5-6 others at your table
  • Pitch your situation to your table mates in 30-seconds or less o  Each table team picks the project it wants to address
  • Each table team will dive deeper into understanding of the nature of the challenge and explore conceptual responses to the challenge utilizing facilitation techniques and design thinking tools provided by the workshop organizers
  • Adjacent tables will share their approaches and will chose one from each pair to share with the whole group
  • Awards will be given for team diversity (educators, learners, designers) out of the box solutions, greatest number of iterations, and solutions which capture the collective power of the team (bonus award for working virtually with an off-site, at home team)

Challenges are likely to include:      

  • Reimaging 90-year old schools as 21st century learning spaces
  • Integrating community partners into our facilities
  • Creating long-term flexibility with space, time, furniture and technology

Workshop organizers will facilitate table-team discussions, share recent pilot projects, educational strategies and divergent thinking focused on current real-world experience.   The majority of the workshop will be conducted in a design studio competition format with an emphasis on numerous iterations, time for reflection and feedback.   Participants will head home not only with a better understanding or their challenges they bring, but a thoughtful critique of potential solutions developed by their peers and a network of A4LE members ready to offer follow-up support. This session captures the spirit of A4LE and makes our collective learning visible to each another.   2 Hours desired

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn why reimaging existing facilities has become a necessity in the 21st century;
  • Practice conveying the essence of your challenge in 30 seconds and convince your peers to explore your challenge
  • Identify barriers common to creating future-flexible learning environments;
  • Forge relationships with other A4LE members who can support you upon your return to your community
Primary Competency:

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Primary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.

Secondary Domain:

Learning: Content of this session/workshop will focus on how we learn and/or how the physical environment responds specifically to various methods of instruction, pedagogies, learning styles, or learning trends.

Additional information:

Participants will head home not only with a better understanding or their challenges they bring, but a thoughtful critique of potential solutions developed by their peers and a network of A4LE members ready to offer follow-up support. This session captures the spirit of A4LE and makes our collective learning visible to each another.

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