Creating Spaces to Support Culturally Responsive Teaching

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Educators are increasingly focused on the challenges of delivering effective Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT). This panel will explore how student-led workshops created input that helped shape the design of a replacement high school facility in Pico Rivera, CA to better support CRT strategies and place-based education, using five themes: collaborative, connected, curious, complex, and critical. These five themes relate to the social-emotional and cognitive development of adolescents based on the latest brain research. The panel will present the latest research to help attendees make informed choices on how to best address CRT programs.

#1: Learn what it means for a physical space to be culturally responsive
#2: Discover the ways in which spaces can be student-supportive, based on research of adolescent brains
#3: Recognize strategies to get co-authorship of design from the local community and student population
#4: Understand biophilic design and its importance to health and wellness, including WELL for schools

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, 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.

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.    

Emily Koch, ALEP, LPA Design Studios
Emily has dedicated her career to the research and understanding of how we learn to influence how we design. Emily is a Project Designer at LPA where she leads an integrated process of research-based design with a team of architects and engineers across LPA's office locations. Her focus on facility planning is paralleled with an interest in user experience of space, resulting in award winning projects across the state of California.

Jomay Liao, LPA Design Studios
An A4LE Advanced Academy graduate, Jomay has dedicated her career to educational facilities planning and architectural project management. Jomay has been with LPA for 15 years and has led district-wide Facility Master Planning processes and facilitated steering committees, community engagement activities, educational user group and operations and maintenance committee meetings. As an Educational Facility Planner, she has assisted districts in developing educational program vision and standards, design guidelines and conceptual master plan programming.

Dr. Julie Cramer, Wayfind Education
Dr. Julie Zoellin Cramer is the founder and vice-president of Wayfind Education. As an education research consultant, Dr. Cramer is dedicated to the development of deeper learning environments to help all students find their place of impact in the world. As a school design strategist, she works with integrated design firms, districts and schools to align learning and teaching goals with physical learning spaces.

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