Preparing Educators to Facilitate Learning in Innovative Schools

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU

Pending Acceptance and Subject to Change

This session will focus on preparing educators to be effective and confident in facilitating learning in innovative settings. School leaders have indicated a challenge in finding and retaining effective educators in innovative settings, whether it is project-based learning, virtual, hybrid, outdoor, or international. Traditional teacher education programs are not necessarily providing the skills and dispositions needed for innovative settings. Our study created and is now implementing a teacher education curriculum that supports innovative schools by developing teachers who can facilitate learning in a variety of settings using inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. The session goal is to share and identify pedagogical practices that can enhance traditional teacher education programs in hopes that we can create educators who can be consistently successful in innovative schools.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify tools for innovation using the sample from the Preparing Educators to Facilitate Learning in Innovative Schools project.
  2. Identify areas of need in their own educational settings based the sample from the Preparing Educators to Facilitate Learning in Innovative Schools project.
  3. Understand some of the key ways to leverage the work being done in their schools for more equitable results for all students using the sample from the Preparing Educators to Facilitate Learning in Innovative Schools project.
  4. Communicate across boundaries of curriculum to better understand how to facilitate innovation in schools using the sample from the Preparing Educators to Facilitate Learning in Innovative Schools project.

Cailen O'Shea, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University,
Dr. O’Shea is an assistant professor of educational and organizational leadership at North Dakota State University. His research interests focus on school transformation and equitable instructional leadership. Specifically, he looks at ways educational leaders can enhance instruction for all students. He utilizes both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Previously, Dr. O’Shea served as a behavior interventionist, 5th-grade teacher, and instructional technology coach in Title I schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Guy Trainin, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,

Dr. Trainin is the Professor of Education at the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He focuses his research on the areas of Literacy, Innovative Learning Technologies, and Integrated Arts Education.

Laurie Friedrich, Professor of Practice, Concordia University-St. Paul
Dr. Friedrich is currently implementing the Triarchic Model of Teacher Preparation at the University of Nebraska Lincoln arising from her line of research, supporting preservice teachers and their cooperating teachers with technology coaching. Her research interests include the role of new literacies in elementary literacy education, coaching to extend professional development, and technology integration in literacy methods courses for preservice and in-service teachers.  

Track: The Next Experience

What are the emerging trends in society, education, and/or school planning, design, construction, supply, and operation that should be informing our conversation today?

Primary Core Competency
Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educational leadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner. 


Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

October 5-9, 2022


+1 480.391.0840