How Do We Get There From Here? Master Planning Best Practices for Existing Schools


Laura Knauss

Kathleen Moore
ALEP School Facilities & Education Consultant

Mary Morris

Carole Wenell


1.5 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

As public school districts contemplate local bond campaigns to address changing pedagogy, growth and aging infrastructure, a master plan is the right place to start. The process, however, can be daunting. The reality of existing buildings, complex and phased implementation and budget must be balanced with the needs of 21st Century, active learning, evolving technology needs and community vision. Join us in an interactive session that shares the process, pitfalls and best practices for master planning. How do you customize a plan to meet the specific needs of your community? What are the best practices and plan components on the menu of services. How do you get there from here?   Exercise: Tools for Community Engagement This breakout session will model some of the exercises that design teams use to engage community members and district stakeholders. The tools are designed to help stakeholders express their priorities, educate the community on planning parameters such as budget and schedule, and inspire the participants in a way that is both useful and fun.

Learning Objectives:
  • Allow participants to understand the unique possibilities when a single educational specification is applied to distinct existing schools. ;
  • Engage participants in a mock ÒresearchÓ program to understand the flexible layouts applicable to 21st century learning environments.
  • Demonstrate community engagement strategies, including participants as stakeholders in the process.;
  • Understand the perspective of school district leaders as they leverage the momentum of the planning process into a bond campaign.
Primary 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.

Primary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.

Secondary Domain:

Toolbox: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the approaches, methods and applications when transitioning from design and concept into reality, actual existence through quality performance, execution and/or product.