When Great Isn’t Good Enough: How Two Nationally Recognized High Schools Are Evolving to Keep Their Edge


Kevin Havens
AIA, Executive Vice President, Director of Design, Wight & Company

Dr. Paul Sally
New Trier Township High School District 203

Dr. Eric Twadell
Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125


Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

Institutions that successfully become, and then remain visionary across decades and through multiple generations of leadership are rare. How do they accomplish it? Explore how two nationally recognized, consistently high-achieving high schools have responded to the challenge of Upping their game in order to continue to position their students for success in a rapidly evolving world. Join leaders from New Trier High School and Adlai E. Stevenson High School to discover what they’re focused on today to ensure that their students are prepared for tomorrow, and how they’ve recently aligned their facilities from core classrooms, fine arts, and library areas to social spaces and dining facilities to support their vision. Explore how traditional STEM thinking is being reinvented, how interdisciplinary instruction is evolving, how dining and learning are converging, and much more. Then, learn how these concepts can be applied in different kinds of school environments.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand why established high-achieving school districts need to evolve to remain successful;
  • Explore approaches high-performing schools are using to prepare their students to thrive
  • Understand how these facilities can support their educational objectives;
  • Learn how facility improvements can shape educational program changes, and vice versa