Academy to Envision Tomorrow's Schools: The Voice of the Teacher

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The Academy to Envision Tomorrow’s Schools was held in Virginia and North Carolina and comprised of Regional Teachers of the Year (“Fellows”) from a two year period for each state. The purpose of the Academy was to elicit Fellows’ views about school design features that will most effectively meet students’ needs in tomorrow’s schools. The Academy included a design workshop and research review. The resulting design themes are valuable to those who provide guidance about school facilities’ elements affecting learning and teaching. The NC Academy was sponsored by Moseley Architects, PowerUp EDU, CEF Inc., & Meeks Professional Services and was supported by the NC School Superintendents Association. The Virginia Academy was held with the support of Virginia Tech and Virginia Department of Education.

#1: To celebrate the impact of the Teacher
#2: To capture the teacher's voice and vision for student learning, as we envision tomorrow's schools
#3: To utilize effective school facility design strategies to realize the vision the Teachers proposed
#4: To add to the body of knowledge that addresses the impact of facility design upon learning and teaching

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.    

Stewart Roberson, President, Moseley Architects
In what Stewart calls the “first chapter” of his career, he was a longstanding, highly regarded educational leader who fostered relationships across the nation and around the world. An educator for over 40 years, Stewart has served as a university professor and K-12 teacher and leader, including as a public school superintendent for 21 years. When he became chairman, president, and CEO of Moseley Architects in 2011, Stewart observed that “public service is in his DNA,” and that he wanted his “second chapter” to include opportunities to provide leadership to an entity serving the public interest. Joining Moseley Architects, with its significant presence in public sector facility design, makes that possible.

Freebird McKinney, 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC Teacher of the Year, Alamance-Burlington School System
Freebird is the 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year. He taught social studies, world history and European history at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina. He describes himself as "The Village Teacher". Since pursuing a career in higher education, his unique approach has been transformative in guiding students on their path to self-realization and actualization. With a true dedication to sharing knowledge and wisdom with his students, Freebird has had the blessing and honor of educating and inspiring countless young men and women inside and outside of the classroom.

Lisa Godwin, 2017-18 Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC Teacher of the Year
Lisa is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian University and began educational journey in 1997 with the Lee County School System. She taught Kindergarten, 5th grade and Physical Education during her tenure. After obtaining her Master Degree in School Administration in 2009 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she served as an Assistant Principal in the Lee County School District for 2 years. She then began her service with the Onslow County School District in 2012, where she was the Assistant Principal at Meadow View Elementary for 2 years before deciding to join the Dixon Elementary Family in 2013. Although she enjoyed serving in an administrative role, it did not fulfill her and bring her the joy that I felt from being a classroom teacher. She decided that life is too short not to do what you love, so became a Kindergarten teacher at DES where she was awarded the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year. 

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