Creating Culture on Purpose: The Critical First Step in Combating School Violence

Room: E145-146

Furnished by: Artcobell

Audience: Educators


Call to Action: Using a Culture on Purpose framework school design teams will:

  1. Utilize a wholistic approach to engage ALL Stakeholders especially STUDENTS in conversations on creating environments designed from a place of acceptance, love, and respect.
  2. Develop effective Response Plans that empower staff to more confidently act quickly during security incidents.
  3. Affect human behavior to successfully maintain the intended safety features.

Abstract: Conversations around safety and security in schools have been going on forever, without seemingly, much progress. Acknowledging that physical security measures have their place, what if we flipped our process to begin with Creating Culture on Purpose. WHY is it important? WHAT role does design play? HOW is it different from what we’ve been doing? And do the answers vary depending on WHO’s answering the questions? Join us in a profound conversation led by Dr. George Barnes, Educator/Public Speaker/Author and Social Equity Hype Man along with students, teachers, parents, community members and design professionals in an open and honest conversation that tackles these tough questions using the right frame of mind and leading to tangible approaches. Let’s collaborate together to maximize our impact for substantive change!

Learning Objectives:

  1. To conduct their own informed conversations with educators, practitioners, community members and legislators on how to cultivate a Culture on Purpose.
  2. To objectively evaluate their options for healthy, safe, welcoming, and equitable learning environments.
  3. To confidently engage in difficult conversations using a framework of recommendations and resources that integrate the threads of Equity, Community, Safe and Welcoming Schools.
  4. To understand that we don’t have to choose between learning environments that are safe and secure and warm/ inviting, but that BOTH are possible.
Judith Hoskens, Assoc. AIA, Fellow-A4LE, REFP, LEED AP
Judith Hoskens, Assoc. AIA, Fellow-A4LE, REFP, LEED AP
Senior Planner | Principal, DLR Group

Judy’s passion lies in creating environments that welcome & embrace ALL learners. Her strengths include facilitating authentic community engagement conversations that meaningfully involve all stakeholders. Her influence extends nationally and internationally having served as Chair of the two leading educational associations: Association for Learning Environments & AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education. In 2013, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award from A4LE recognizing her contributions to the profession of educational planning and design.

Carmen Wyckoff, AIA, LEED AP
Carmen Wyckoff, AIA, LEED AP
K-12 Education Leader | Principal, DLR Group

Carmen is a principal leading DLR Group’s K-12 Education studio in the Southwest. Since 2001 Carmen’s projects have included the MacConnell Award-Winning Canyon View High School, a community college science center, educational performing arts centers, and schools specializing in deaf, autistic, and neuro-diverse students. In addition, for the past seven years Carmen has volunteered on the Arizona School Facilities Oversight Board, and currently chairs this state-wide board.

Dr. Barnes
Dr. Barnes
Professor, Arizona State University

Dr. Barnes has been a leader in schools at all levels and a professor at Arizona State University. His passion for building cultures of success for all students has continued with his research focusing on school practices that help students identify with academic and social achievement. Dr. Barnes works with community stakeholders to help connect the efforts of educators with additional support and to engage students and families with a vision of generational growth.

Core 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.

LearningSCAPES 2024 Conference in Portland, Oregon


Oregon Convention Center
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October 16-19, 2024


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