Co-Creative Tools for School Safety and Security Design with Students, Staff, and Community


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Inspired by a question posed by a student survivor from the Parkland School shootings, this workshop will explore what it means to design environments that support relationships, connections and community. This session draws examples and experiences from across the country, including Minnesota, Colorado, and Nevada. The first portion focuses on how to find and engage with the latest research and resources for school facility design, including CPTED, PASS, NFPA, and more. Next, hear from one district on how they are learning from tragedy to become a leader in approaches to school safety/security: from technology for student-use to district-wide systems, and from establishing facility design guidelines to championing mental health initiatives. The third segment illustrates ways to apply design thinking activities to ease difficult conversations around safety/security and make them more solution-oriented. Hands-on activities illustrate ways to engage a wide variety of stakeholders: staff, parents, community leaders, first responders, and most importantly, students.

#1: Learn new tools and methods for engaging stakeholders (students, staff, and community members) in analyzing existing facilities using the latest research around safety and security and understand ways to evaluate the effectiveness of various designs.
#2: Understand ways to enable students to identify safety and security priorities for use in designing their own learning environments.
#3: Share relevant case studies for how schools and Districts across the country are creating guidelines and customizing their approach to safety and security.
#4: Explore ways that design can support a culture of safety and security in a school, as well as initiatives for mental health and wellbeing.

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.

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.

Terry Davis, Director of Operations, Maintenance, & Construction, Littleton Public Schools
Terry is the Director of Littleton Public School’s Operations/Maintenance, as well as the Colorado Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) president for the 2019-20 school year. As president of the ASBO, Terry serves all 178 Colorado School Districts, BOCES, Charter Schools and their respective staffs by providing professional development, promoting best practices strategies and creating professional collaboration and networking opportunities.

Scott Krenner, Project Designer, Associate Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Scott is an Associate Principal and Market Group Design Leader for Cuningham Group’s K-12 educational work. His portfolio includes some of Cuningham Group’s most innovative schools, including award winning projects Pathways Innovation Center in Casper, Wyoming and Alexandria Area High School in Minnesota. Recently, he became accredited with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), a widely-accepted approach to reducing the incidence and fear of crime through thoughtful design of the built environment.

Kari-elin Mock, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Kari-elin has practiced architecture for over 21 years. Her career has focused on creating spaces for learning, teaching, and play. A Principal with Cuningham, she helps clients pursue their learning environment design goals with award-winning projects across Colorado, including Aspen Community School, Soaring Heights PK-8 School, and Meadowlark School. Kari-elin fuels her passion for meaningful design by volunteering with the USGBC Colorado Green Schools Initiative and the A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter and Southwest Region.  

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