Community Campus: Sharing Resources in Support of Students and their Families

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU

Pending Acceptance and Subject to Change

In a novel, yet seemingly intuitive partnership between school and library officials, as well as community leaders in Spokane, WA, a “campus” of shared education and support services for the impoverished Hillyard neighborhood was developed. This model serves as an unprecedented approach to leveraging resources and community dollars to educate students and support their families. This session will explore the partnership between multiple stakeholders and their vision of reimagining what educational support looks like for underserved communities. The new Shaw Middle School, new Hillyard Library, a new alternative high school, an existing alternative high school, and an existing community center were thoughtfully knit together to form a campus of services for the historically disadvantaged community. Extensive community engagement efforts resulted in the design for revitalization of a large section of this neighborhood creating a sense of place and inherent pride. Shaw Middle School and the public library are structurally connected to one another supporting the sharing of amenities. The alternative high schools are located across a shared courtyard with a system of walkways connecting the shared resource access points between the buildings. The existing community center, located across the street from Shaw Middle school and new public library, was underutilized due to the high volume of traffic along the arterial. As part of this project the city awarded a traffic calming grant to enhance safe pedestrian access between the school, library, and community center. The center provides early child learning, after school programs, medical, dental, family counselling, and financial assistance programs to families in need, further enhancing the campus network of support. Through these efforts, the school and library districts, the city and community members were brought together in a revolutionary way to create better education and potentially a better way of life for the students and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to successfully create and maintain collaborative partnerships between community stakeholders to achieve a common goal intended to elevate a community’s youth.
  2. Community engagement techniques to determine a common vision for area revitalization to benefit students, their families, and their communities.
  3. How to determine which environments and places support personal and collaborative learning while providing whole-child and family support.
  4. How to create a vibrant design that builds school and community pride, belonging, and inclusion to encourage personal and community growth.

Greg Forsyth, Capital Projects Director, Spokane Public Schools,
As Director of Capital Projects and Planning, Greg facilitates the leadership and management of school building projects. His partnership with Spokane Public Schools began with his role as a teacher at Lewis and Clark and John R. Rogers High school. His background in teaching supported his role as Education Liaison for Capital Projects, leading to his current role as Director in 2013.

Jon Swett, Shaw Middle School Principal, Spokane Public Schools,
Jon began his career in education as a college prep chemistry and physics teacher at East Valley High School. He later became Principal of Lewis and Clark High School and was selected as Principal of the Year for the Greater Spokane League during his time at Lewis and Clark. Since becoming Principal of Shaw Middle School, Jon has been an advocate for educating the student and family and providing layers of support to the Hillyard Community.

Mark Dailey, Principal-In-Charge of Design, Integrus Architecture,
As principal-in-charge of design for Integrus, Mark has been responsible for the design of many of the firm’s most successful projects. His talent, design sensitivity, and desire to continue the firm’s history of moderne-rooted architecture has translated into building designs that have won National, Regional, Local, and Trade awards. Mark’s professional projects span mostly Public Works architecture, including higher education and civic/government buildings.

Katie Vingelen,

Track: The Experience of Place

The built and natural environments have profound impacts on our behaviors both for better and worse. How do we cultivate a sense of place for better? How might the built and natural environments be made to enhance teaching and learning? How might school buildings and grounds foster a sense of community by reflecting those they serve?

Primary Core Competency
Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools. 


Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

October 5-9, 2022


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