This track elevates Research on learning and learning environments and focuses on methodology, findings, and implications for practice. Tangible takeaways are encouraged, including tools and resources that support innovation and improvements to learning environments. There is Art in how we utilize Science to improve our design outcomes and our design and research process. To this end, dissemination of research findings is a priority so that learning environments are re-imagined and enhanced based on evidence and measured impact, not based on trends.

Outdoor Learning 2.0

Acoustics and Educational Pedagogy – The Synergy Between

Learning Community Design, the Why, What and How Supported by Research: A Case Study of Capps Middle School, the 2022 James D. MacConnell Award Finalist

Lessons Learned from 5 Years Designing Space & Program Around Kauffman Foundation’s ‘Real World Learning’ Initiative

What Does the Research Say? The Impact of Movement, Quietness, and Hope

Enriched Environments to Support Social and Emotional Learning Outcomes: An Evidence-based Visual Design Guide

Designing Educational Spaces for the Next Generation

Reframing Community Engagement and Project Impact to Center Racial Equity in Processes and Design Outcomes

Actively Passive: Realizing the First Passive House-designed School in Colorado

Data-Driven Approaches to STEAM Design: A District’s Path to Engaging all Learners

Leading the Way: Transforming the Education System for the Innovative Society – A Case Study

The Survey Says…Teacher and Student Driven Solutions for NextGen Furniture Standards

When Entrances Can Sabotage Your Design

Reinterpretation of Libraries: A Research Playbook

Cultivating Educator Resilience: Insight from the National “Design Lessons from Teachers” Report

A.E.R.O. Therapeutic Center: A Research Based Approach to Neurodiverse Education

New Tools to Get Stakeholders United! Use FLIPP to Ideate, Engage, Plan and Assess Learning Environments

This track addresses the Response to real-world events and experiences that impact our daily life and our ability to function normally and be productive. The response to these occurrences is reflected in the learning environments we create and leads to the question – how can schools respond to real-world crises in a way that supports the well-being of occupants and our students' learning journey? How do we respond with approaches and strategies that may be used to balance the inability and lack of needed financial resources to address deficiencies within our learning environments’ infrastructure? Topics expand on the Art approach to the theme, but also include Science in the form of findings and outcomes through case studies and examples of successful responses to real-world conditions and events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, declining student enrollment, economics, equity, and other topics.

Design for Human Flourishing

Enhancing Teacher Efficacy Through Space, Respect and Targeted Professional Development

Go Tell It on the Mountain: A Story of Innovation and Community Partnership in South Carolina’s Largest School District

Healthy Building Summit: A Collaboration of Education Thought Leaders Collaborating on the Future of Healthy School Environments

Current Topics in K-12 Education: Foundations of Educational Visioning

An Awakening of Applied Learning: Catalyst for Industrial Revolution v2

Aligning Board Policy to Design Strategies and Human Behavior

How a STEAM Hub Advances Pedagogical Innovation

Where is the Restroom? ... For Everyone.

Building Capacity for Energy Champions in Schools

Cultivating Community and Security in Schools: A Convening of Experts in Education, Mental Health, Security, Justice and Housing

The Science of Gathering: Creating a Transformational Learning Environment Through Observations of Spatial Competencies

High Performance Schools: The Answer to Your School Facilities Questions

Bigger Isn't Always Better

Design Patterns for Empathic Learning Environments – How Design Can Embrace, Exhibit, and Encourage Empathy

Transforming the Learning Environment: Facilitating Personalized Learning for Every Student While Building the Next Education Workforce

What It Means to Be Human: How Evolution Redefines “School” for a More Sustainable Future

Our Evolution of Alternative Learning and Strategic Partnerships as Told by Douglas County School District

Designing the Built Environment to Support Universal Design for Learning

Integrating Well-being Through a JEDI Stakeholder Engagement Process

This track focuses on Resiliency and addresses how learning environments support the development of students and communities that have the strength and flexibility to withstand adversity and adapt to change. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the essential role that schools have in stabilizing communities during a time of crisis. How do schools support the development of strong community culture among teachers and students? How do schools foster physical and mental health and wellness to ensure all are ready and supported to learn? How do we create learning environments that are strong in intent yet adaptable to change? How do we learn from what does not work and further, learn to take risks daily to expand our comfort zone? What can we learn from research and our responses to past events to inform how to build toward a resilient future where we can withstand what crises and challenges the future brings? Topic areas, seen through the lenses of both Art and Science, include sustainability, physical and mental health, community, school climate and culture, safety, and security.

How the New Campus for Hester Hornbrook Academy in Melbourne Supports Students Who Have Experienced Challenges, Disadvantage and Adversity in Their Learning Journey

Resilient Buildings Create Resilient Students: Combining Wellness and Net Zero Design

Security Considerations for Building Design

Modern Renaissance: Challenging Siloed Learning with a Whole-Brain Approach to Educational Environments

Community Through Design: Strategies for Nurturing Resilience in Learning Environments

A New Language of School Design: Evidence Based Strategies for Student Achievement & Well-Being

Reimagining PK-12 Schools for the 4th Industrial Revolution: A New Design DNA for Schools

Greater Shepparton Secondary College – Redefining the Large Campus Model

Designing Environments to Support Social & Emotional Learning

People Over Process: Equity by Design

Connecting the Dots with Professional Learning

Re-engaging the Whole Student in a "Post-Pandemic" World

Emerging Voices: How Fresh Perspectives Support Community Culture

Creative Classrooms for the AI Age

Culture and Community: Partnerships in Next Generation High Schools

Supporting Students to Thrive

Prioritizing Student Health – Los Angeles Unified’s School-based Wellness Centers

The Tapestry of Early Childhood Education: Interweaving Children, Teachers and Community

From Lagging to Leading: Reforming Indigenous Schools Standards in Canada

Building Community Hope: The Future is so Bright You Gotta Wear Shades

Place-Driven Education: Using Experiential Learning to (Re)engage Students

Bridging the Gap: Designing Learning Environments for Kids in Crisis

Supporting Student Resilience Through Landscape-Based Connections

Students as Co-authors of Their Learning Environment

Adding Rigor, Relevance, and Value to CTE Instruction Through WBL Experiences in Commercial Construction

JEDI Workshop


Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

October 12-15, 2023


+1 480.391.0840