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May 11-13, 2011 Chicago, Illinois A conference connecting design + learning.

The Council of Educational Facility Planners, International

The 2011 Midwest-Great Lakes Conference Planning Committee

Steven Turckes, AIA, REFP, LEED AP Principal Conference Chair

George M. Kacan, AIA, REFP, LEED® AP Project Executive/Principal

Melanie Kahl Education Researcher

Charlene D Johnsos, AIA, MBA, LEED AP, REFP Project Manager

Rick Dewar, AIA Principal

Amy Yurko, AIA Founder/Director

Kelsey Salmen Senior Marketing Coordinator


Patrick Brosnan, CEFPI, REFP, AIA, LEED AP President/CEO

Elizabeth Hebert Former Principal, Crow Island School

E. McMilin Planning Services, LLC Edward M. McMilin, REFP President

Special thanks to Janell Weihs and the CEFPI office for their support in the planning of this conference.

WELCOME Welcome to the 2011 Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference. As the name implies, the theme for the 2011 conference is “connect.� Why? Our rapidly evolving and connected global landscape begs for it; no, demands it. Making connections is critical to successful learning. It rejects siloed, compartmentalized thinking in favor of holistic systems thinking. Making connections creates possibility where before there were disparate ideas. Making connections is fundamental to the learning process. And making connections has never been easier. We are tremendously excited to share an exciting conference agenda, which includes a number of keynote addresses from exceptionally creative and connected educators and thought leaders. We are also excited by the topical sessions being presented by leading planners, architects and educators. Additionally, several tours of innovative professional work and learning environments will connect you to new ideas in design for creativity and collaboration. I would like to extend a big thank you to the firms who were part of the conference planning committee to the left. Cheers! Steven Turckes, AIA, REFP, LEED AP



Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.� William Plomer

Schedule Wednesday, MAY 11th TIME



11:00AM 5:00PM

Registration Open

1:00PM 1:30PM

Welcome to Workspring

1:30PM 4:30PM

REFP Workshop


4:30PM 7:00PM

Pre-Conference Happy Hour


Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom

Pre-Conference - REFP Workshop

“If we learn by doing, what are we learning by sitting in this classroom?” a 21st century student There are many ways to interpret the notion of “21st century learning”, and any interpretation that excludes access to technology is missing the point. For today’s students, technology is a ubiquitous part of their lives; as tools for exploring, engaging, connecting and supporting their natural curiosity. Inviting these tools into the learning environment is essential to the 21st century concept of hands-on learning: interactive and self-directed explorations of a concept, topic or subject, using the most appropriate and effective resources available to research, explore, create and share ideas. In this session, we will use hands-on activities to demystify 21st century learning. Using the high-performance spaces at Chicago’s award-winning WorkSpring collaboration center (check it out at!), architects, planners, educators, technology specialists and students will collaborate to explore new ways to engage learners. The central activity will be to develop an experiential lesson plan using current technology, on a surprise topic (think “secret ingredient”), that challenges participants to explore ways to engage students in powerful learning. Feel free to bring your own toolkit of devices – laptops, tablets, smart-phones, ipods, cameras, etc. to supplement the experience! This hands-on session will enlighten your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of technology as a tool for 21st century learning. Moderator: Amy Yurko, AIA, BrainSpaces Inc. Facilitators: Lucy Gray, Consortium for School Networking

Mark Neidlinger, Principal, Drummond Montessori Magnet School, Chicago Public Schools

Schedule Thursday, MAY 12th TIME


7:00AM 8:00AM

Registration + Breakfast

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point

8:00AM 8:20AM

Conference Opening Address

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point

8:20AM 8:40AM

Setting the Stage for Connection:

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point

8:40AM 9:30AM 9:30AM 10:30AM 10:30AM 11:15AM 11:15AM 12:00PM 12:00PM 1:00PM 1:30PM 4:00PM

5:00PM 6:30PM 6:30PM 8:00PM

Christian Long, Be Playful Design Opening Keynote:

Brad Choyt, The Blue School


Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point

Conference Keynote:

Holiday Inn (15) Michael Wesch, Kansas State University Wolf Point

Break + Exhibits Conference Panel: Connections

Brad Choyt, Michael Wesch, et al. Moderator: Christian Long

Lunch Conference Sessions 1:30 - 2:30 - Session A 3:00 - 4:00 - Session B

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Reception

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Hotel (14) + Merchandise Mart Classrooms

Conference Reception 5:30 - Awards 6:30 - Tour

Dinner on your own

Terzo Piano, Art Institute Chicago


Schedule Friday, MAY 13th TIME


7:00AM 8:00AM

Breakfast Open + Regional Business Meeting Morning Keynote:

LOCATION Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom

8:00AM 9:00AM

Learning from Learning; Thomas Stat, Edison Universe

9:30AM - 12:00PM

School and Workplace Tours

12:00PM - 12:45PM

Closing Lunch

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom

12:45PM 1:15PM

Student Presentation:

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom

School of the Future Team Closing Keynote:

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom


1:15PM 2:15PM

Sarah Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom

2:15PM 3:00PM

Conference Closing

Holiday Inn (15) Wolf Point Ballroom


Pre-conference Reception 4:30-7:00pm

Conference Reception 5:00-7:00pm



Chance favors the connected mind.� Steven Johnson

Speakers Christian Long, Moderator Founder, Be Playful Design Christian Long is a school planner, technology expert, passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, and educator. Christian is the founder of Be Playful a collaborative global design agency focused on the intersection between school planning/design, emerging technology, professional development (for educators + design partners), and future trending. Currently, he is co-authoring a book with Chris Lehmann, founder of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, with a focus on the design of ‘School 2.0’, due out in hardback in December, 2011. Additionally, Christian speaks nationally and internationally on topics ranging from emerging trends in education, 21st century technology and social media, and innovative school planning practices. He is also the lead organizer/curator for TEDxBloomington (“The Wisdom of Play”) and serves as a member of both CEFPI’s World Conference / San Jose planning team and CEFPI’s Innovation planning team, as well as being a juror on the American Institute of Architects annual school architecture awards program. Christian also founded TEDxClassroomProject which will soon be highlighted as official case Silver Speaker Sponsor study on the site. He previously held the position of President/CEO of DesignShare.

Dr. Michael Wesch Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year Kansas State University Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring how media changes the ways we connect with information, each other, and our world. After two years studying the effects of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

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Speakers Brad Choyt Head of School, The Blue School Brad Choyt is an educator with two decades of experience in independent schools and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. In each of these environments, he has devoted his professional life to expanding and refining students’ relationship to learning and their environment. Choyt began his teaching career as a faculty member at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. He also served as an arts and humanities teacher and as an associate chaplain at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Choyt was the first Director of Education at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, a museum that specializes in Himalayan art and culture. He was next appointed as the Founding Director of Green School in Bali, Indonesia, a school devoted to sustainable practices in education. While in Bali, he was instrumental in developing a 20-acre campus with over 40 buildings made entirely from sustainable materials. Choyt is currently Head of School at Blue School, a school that focuses on developing its students’ innate Silver Speaker Sponsor creativity through strong academic and artistic offerings. Beginning in July, 2011, Choyt will transition to be the next Head of School at North Yarmouth Academy in Maine.

Sarah Brown Wessling 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling was selecting in 2010 as both the Iowa Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year. Wessling has taught at Johnston High School for 10 years, where she is chairperson of the English Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education and a Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa State University. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society. Wessling is a National Board Certified Teacher and has received the Iowa Governor’s Scholastic “Favorite Teacher Award” recognition and the Future Leader in Education Award and the Promising Teacher Award from the Iowa Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of the Iowa Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Johnston Education Association. In addition, she has served on many district committees, including its professional development team, building improvement team, reading leadership team, and high school literacy team. “When I look in a classroom, I see a story in every learner, unique and yearning to be read,” said Wessling in her application. “Creating a community for learning means creating more than a classroom, it means constantly intertwining our stories in a way that reveals our potential.”

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Speakers Thomas Stat Co-Founder, Edison Universe Former Associate Partner at IDEO Chicago Tom is a senior strategy consultant, innovation thought leader, teacher, author, speaker and facilitator in the world of innovation consulting and design thinking. Tom was a senior leader at IDEO (one of the world’s most respected innovation consultancies) for almost 12 years, where he contributed to a wide variety of innovation consulting engagements, managed a number of IDEO’s key client relationships and directed business development efforts across all IDEO practice areas. At IDEO, Tom was involved in awide range of innovation initiatives for clients including Motorola, Chrysler, 3M, Tetra Pak, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Starbucks, NAVTEQ, Whirlpool, P&G, Eli Lilly, McDonalds, American Express, American Greetings, W.W. Grainger, Walgreens, AT&T and Bayer, The American Red Cross, among others. Prior to IDEO, Tom was involved in the management, design and execution of a number of largescale real estate development and building projects including work for the U.S. Department of Energy (ArgonneNational Laboratories), Saudia Airlines, Jeddah International Airport, Bridgestone, Ameritech, The Tribune Company, Andersen Consulting, Kraft, Discover Card and The Menninger Foundation, among others. Tom managed a joint venture between Kinden Corporation (a large infrastructure and building engineering firm) and Lohan Associates (a premier architectural firm) residing in Osaka, Japan for two years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe.

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Creativity is just connecting things.

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. “ Steve Jobs, Wired

Session a


Session a at-a-glance LOCATION


VS (Mart - 11th)


Some call it STEM, some call it STEAM, others call it project-based learning. We call it the FUTURE.

SIS (Mart - 11th)


Stewardship from the Start: Anticipating a School’s Legacy


From Tents to the Taj Mahal: Connecting Students, Teachers & the Learning Environment


Prototype Design Camp: An Invitation To ReImagine The Future of Learning


Connecting 21st Century Learning to the Learning Environment

(Hotel 14th Floor Steamboat S)


Designing School Landscapes to Connect With Student Learning and Development

Hotel 14th Floor Bull’s Head


Detroit 2009 Bond: Connecting to Success

izzy+ (Hotel 14th Floor Merchants N)

izzy+ (Hotel 14th Floor Merchants S)

Steelcase (Hotel 14th Floor Steamboat N)




14th floor | Break out Sessions

14th Floor

15th floor | Main Conference 15th Floor

Take elevators 2nd floor to the bridge to the Merchandise Mart. Sessions will be on the 11th Floor in the Mart.



Legat Architects, Inc.

Jason Lembke, AIA, LEED AP

Winnetka Public Schools

Beth Hebert

Fanning Howey

Greg Monberg, AIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C

Cannon Design and Be Playful Studio

Christian Long & Sarah Malin

JCJ Architecture

Peter C. Lippman

Ball State University

Susan Tomizawa

Fanning Howey

Ed Schmidt, AIA



14/15th Floors

11th Floor


Some call it STEM, some call it STEAM, others call it project-based learning. We call it the FUTURE VS – Merchandise Mart- 11th Floor

Jason Lembke, AIA, LEED AP Legat Architects, Inc.

Learning Objectives

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

–Yogi Berra One of the fundamental goals of public education is to prepare our youth for a future that cannot possibly be prepare children to not just survive, but to thrive in an evolving global economy. Experts all seem to agree that successful students will need skill sets different than those needed in the past. Achieving these skills requires a growing awareness of the importance of collaboration, creativity, and relevant connections to two distinct communities: local and global. Delivery systems are adapting to meet the challenge. Learning environments must respond with agility and flexibility. This interactive session will explore ways to re-envision the planning process as a co-creative experience. The results are learning “settings” that can adapt to meet the challenges of this unpredictable future, and engage students in a variety of learning experiences.


– Understand the correlation between 21st century skills and learning settings – Discuss how agile spaces inspire interaction and excitement about learning – Integrate local and global communities into educational settings – Identify a community’s distinctive attributes and weave them into the curriculum

Stewardship from the Start: Anticipating a School’s Legacy VS – Merchandise Mart - 11th Floor

Beth Hebert Winnetka Public Schools Stewardship begins with a vision – an expectation of something remarkable and a realistic anticipation of that vision’s long journey over time. Commonly associated with older school buildings that have sustained a remarkable reputation, stewardship can be an energizing framework to incorporate into beginning conversations about new school buildings. Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL was a new school in 1940. In the early 1930s a wise and eminently capable board of education set the bar quite high when they searched for leadership and subsequent facility plans for growing enrollments in the Winnetka Public Schools. They hired a young Superintendent, Carleton Washburne, who over time hired hundreds of teachers and principals who understood and shared the vision. In 1939 Superintendent Carleton Washburne called upon a firm of young, progressive architects, Perkins, Wheeler, and Will to collaborate with the famous Finnish architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and to draw up a plan for a new type of school. He told them he was looking for “a beautiful, practical architectural embodiment of an educational philosophy.” Crow Island School opened in 1940, and has been praised throughout the education/architecture world ever since.

Learning Objectives – To appreciate the concept of stewardship as relevant to all school buildings – To understand the importance of the collaborative conversation between architects and educators – To recognize how specific traditions & rituals of a school are integral to a stewardship program – To appreciate the significance and design history of Crow Island School


From Tents to the Taj Mahal: Connecting Students, Teachers & the Learning Environment izzy+ – Hotel 14th Floor – Merchants North

Greg Monberg, AIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C Fanning Howey Educational environments vary across the world – from the “tent schools” of Haiti to the progressive learning environments of Helsinki to the “Taj Mahal” schools of the US. But while the buildings may vary, the needs of students are much the same. Greg Monberg, George Kacan, and Riyad Bannourah of Fanning Howey will take attendees on a 120-minute journey through schools from across the world. Over the course of three collaborative workshops, they will discuss everything from tents to Taj Mahals, as the group examines a student’s “hierarchy of needs,” discusses the various factors that influence student performance, and explores how “connections” differ in a variety of modern classrooms. The session will begin as Greg, George, and Riyad present examples of schools from across the world. These examples will be drawn from their own experience with projects and conferences in Haiti, Estonia, Finland, and across the United States. In the first workshop, participants will break into small groups to discuss the topic of a “Student’s Hierarchy of Needs.” The concept is based on Maslow’s famous hierarchy, and includes Building and Ground Needs at the bottom and Facility Actualization at the top.


Learning Objectives – Understand how educational environments differ throughout the world – Be able to explain the “Student’s Hierarchy of Needs” and its implications for effective school planning – Be able to list the various factors that impact a student’s academic potential, and explain

Prototype Design Camp: An Invitation To Re-Imagine The Future of Learning izzy+ – Hotel – Merchants South

Christian Long, Be Playful Design Sarah Malin, Cannon Design

Learning Objectives

– Define design thinking For the CEFPI 2011 conference, we will facilitate a workshop that as authentic 21st Century introduces our efforts to connect high school students to design pedagogy thinking in the Prototype Design Camp. This connection gives future – Re-examine the minds the processes to tackle the world’s most complex problems. “Classroom of the Future” Prototype Design Camp ( invited as process and space young creatives to use Design Thinking methodologies to solve realworld problems in the center of the annual eTech Ohio Educational – Identify the relationship Technology Conference, a 3-day statewide conference focusing on between emerging the evolution of education. This 3-day camp is one of many Prototype technoloogy, design and initiatives around the country. Prototype initiatives focus the use of education Design Thinking to empower students to solve authentic problems – D  evelop a global network of value to them (and society-at-large). Project themes are contextof design professionals based and supported by local mentors + planning team members. and educators to support Programs are currently being developed in Dallas, San Francisco, students as design Chicago, Hartford, and elsewhere. More than 45 students from high thinkers schools throughout Ohio and beyond were invited to join Prototype. Along with them, an extraordinary group of professional mentors from around Ohio, the country, and the globe joined them on their design journey.


Connecting 21st Century Learning to the Learning Environment Steelcase – Hotel 14th Floor – Steamboat North

Peter C. Lippman JCJ Architecture

Learning Objectives

Although the 20th century witnessed the evolution of the school building as the milieu where learning occurs, the 21st Century has been given the daunting task of advancing this typology. The reason this is daunting is because the design professional must address an array of technologies to support the active learner. In fact, the building systems and information technologies must not only assist the learning process, but most importantly must be understood as active to support the diverse ways in which people master skills. For this reason, the programming, planning, and design of schools or better yet learning communities must be examined to inform researchers, administrators of educational facilities, facility managers, educators, design professionals, and all potential users of the facility in how integrate these technologies so that places are designed to be congruent with the needs of the users. The specific objectives of the presentation are to inform the design professional and encourage them to re-think their approach and provide a framework to how learning environments can be designed and built.


– Examine Practice Theory as the perspective for creating 21st Century Learning Environments that connects the notion of the learner as active to an active learning environment – Define the technologies that support integrated learning environments – Information Technologies and sustainable technologies (daylighting, dimmers, control

Designing School Landscapes to Connect With Student Learning and Development Steelcase – Hotel 14th Floor – Steamboat South

Susan Tomizawa Ball State University Research findings from a broad range of disciplines indicate that school landscapes play a key role in student learning, behavior, and development. Despite such research findings, a majority of school landscapes fail to provide a multi-dimensional learning experience for students. This lack of attention to transforming school grounds into learning landscapes contributes to several Perkins+Will that affect student learning. This workshop will focus on three of these problems which appear as the most prevalent and disturbing: a) the correlation of unattractive school grounds and student behavioral problems and low academic achievement; b) a separation between students and nature that school grounds are unable to bridge; and c) a shortage of interesting and stimulating natural areas for children to play in. Each of these problems will be examined to underscore the importance of developing school grounds as an integral part of the student learning environment, much in the same way that consideration is given to the interior of school buildings. Possibilities for maximizing the potential of school grounds to enhance student learning and development will be examined.

Learning Objectives – Compare the potential learning opportunities of a learning landscape with those of a typical school ground – Identify ways in which school grounds can be designed to contribute to student intellectual development – Identify how opportunities to experience nature within the setting of a school ground enhances student learning and


Detroit 2009 Bond: Connecting to Success Hotel 14th Floor – Bull’s Head

Ed Schmidt, AIA Fanning Howey In its heyday, Detroit Public Schools was a thriving educational landscape with nearly 300,000 students and some of the nation’s best schools. More recently, the district has served as a model of a different kind – a cautionary tale. Facing enrollment levels that are the lowest level since World War I, an aging and outdated facility inventory, and an extreme financial crisis, the district needed to find new ways to connect to success. This presentation will tell the story of Detroit Public Schools’ current efforts to once again become a model educational community. Attendees will learn about the history of the district’s 2009 Bond Program, a story that begins with the arrival of Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. Our presentation will outline the challenges facing Mr. Bobb in 2008, and explain his ambitious plans for a $500.5 million Bond Program, which passed in 2009. Ed Schmidt and Troy Glover, two members of the district’s Program Management team, the Walbridge Joint Venture for Detroit Public Schools, will explain the goals of the Bond Program and the challenges facing the joint venture.


Learning Objectives – Understand proper Program Management procedures for large, urban districts – Be able to explain how to package multiple projects under fast-tracked timeframes – Learn strategies for keeping students and educational planning best practices first in a fast-track, high-pressure school construction program

Session B Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.” Thomas Disch

Session b at-a-glance LOCATION


VS (Mart - 11th)


Classrooms on the Move

SIS (Mart - 11th)


Education in the Age of Google: A School Designed by Students for Students


Environmental Learning Centres - Environmental Stewardship Starts in the Classroom


Seeking the 21st century School


Designing for the Innovation Generation || Lessons from the planning and design of creative learning and work environments

(Hotel 14th Floor Steamboat S)


Making Solar Pay

Hotel 14th Floor Bull’s Head


Connecting with OSFC: Building Bridges through Building Schools

izzy+ (Hotel 14th Floor Merchants N)

izzy+ (Hotel 14th Floor Merchants S)

Steelcase (Hotel 14th Floor Steamboat N)





Peter Brown Architects

Peter Brown

Tallgrass Sudbury School

Melissa Bradford

Upper Grand District School Board

Paul Scinocca

University of Cincinnati

Patricia Kucker


Steve Turckes & Joe Connell

Madeira City Schools

Kenji Matsudo


Tracy Healy, REFP


Classrooms on the Move VS – Merchandise Mart - 11th Floor

Peter Brown Peter Brown Architects

Learning Objectives

It only takes a visit to a coffee shop, airport, hotel lobby, computer store, business center or modern office to see the ways that we collaborate, communicate, work and interact in a dynamic and fluid world. Students are on the move. Communicating, creating, sharing, playing, and learning at an accelerated pace. At the same time educational organizations are increasingly challenged to connect with a wide spectrum of learners. Schools are looking across the board at curriculum, daily schedules, assessments, technology, partnerships and facilities to create strategies that work for ALL students. This hands-on session is an in-depth look at strategies for creating agile learning environments, and demonstrates a flexible classroom in action. Participants will explore connections between learning environments and learning: reviewing current thought on creating high performing learning spaces, educational models for reaching multiple styles of learning, and planning concepts that allow classrooms to anticipate the needs of learners. During the workshop, participants will experience furniture designed to move, creating multiple possibilities for dynamic learning environments.


– Explore current educational ideas that are supported by agile facility strategies. – Understand how flexible planning strategies can be implemented at a range of scales. – Understand planning and design strategies for flexible classrooms. – Experience working in a dynamic learning environment.

Education in the Age of Google: A School Designed by Students for Students SIS – Merchandise Mart - 11th Floor

Melissa Bradford Tallgrass Sudbury School If you walk into a Sudbury school expecting classrooms of age-segregated students with rows of desks, textbooks and chalkboards, you’d be in for a surprise. You are more likely to see students lying on couches, art projects adorning the walls, cupcakes being baked in the kitchen. You might see rooms dedicated to video gaming, meetings or music; students in forts made with blankets and cushions in a room filled with shelves of manga, mysteries and animal books; or cappuccinos being made and sold in the art room.. Most traditional schools are based on a standardized, one-sizefits-all, carrot-and-stick educational philosophy, and their facilities reflect that ideal. From the desks in rows to the ringing of the bell, a traditional classroom is not designed for flexibility, spontaneity, creativity, dialogue or flow. Rather than viewing each student as a unique individual, students are separated by age and expected to master a standard curriculum.

Learning Objectives – What is a Sudbury school? – How does the Sudbury educational model meet individual learning styles? – How does a Sudbury school represent forwardthinking and innovative practices in education? – How is space used in a Sudbury school?

In contrast, a Sudbury school has as its basis the philosophy that “all people are curious by nature; that the most efficient, long-lasting, and profound learning takes place when started and pursued by the learner; that all people are creative if they are allowed to develop their unique talents; that age-mixing among students promotes growth in all members of the group; and that freedom is essential to the development of personal responsibility.”


Environmental Learning Centres–Environmental Stewardship Starts in the Classroom izzy+ – Hotel 14th Floor– Merchants North

Paul Scinocca Upper Grand District School Board

Learning Objectives – Learning the fundamental tenants of environmental stewardship in 21st-century schools

Our Board believes that as a school system it has a unique opportunity to teach environmental stewardship in the classroom. Part of our strategy is to construct a series of Environmental Learning Centres which are used as classrooms. These free standing buildings contain teaching resources to support lessons aligned with our curriculum in energy conservation, renewable resources, solar advantages of building position, natural processes and energy generation. The size of our Centres allow the materials and technologies used in construction to be more residential in nature and be visible and interactive to students. We propose to introduce these Centres and discuss their construction and many unique features. As an example, our first Centre is a straw bale insulated, wood framed building, clearly oriented on the site to take advantage of solar energy and protect the inside environment from prevailing winds. In 2010, the 2,280 square foot building, which gets all its power from electricity, used approximately 17,000 kWh to provide all energy requirements including heat, lights and ancillary power. This Centre generates its own electricity through renewable resources with a small wind turbine (1.8 kW) and solar photo voltaic panels installed on the roof. The performance of the photo voltaic system can be monitored on the internet by students and the public for educational purposes. This Centre is presently operating at zero net energy costs.


Seeking the 21st Century School izzy+ – Hotel 14th Floor – Merchants South

Patricia Kucker University of Cincinnati This session chronicles the activities and outcomes of graduate architecture students researching and visioning a 21st century elementary school for a local suburban district. As a critical practice and problem-framing activity, we partnered with a local suburban school district of 45,000 inhabitants; a local architectural firm working in the K-12 market; several school principals from an adjacent urban district, along with colleagues from the school of education. The resulting work reflects planning and design informed by new education paradigms, including new place-making strides, sociability, sustainability and connections to the surrounding community context. As a process of inquiry, research into school building precedent studies, topic literature and our consultants assisted in developing a set of learning principles and programmatic narratives that guided students in the design phase. Conventional research, planning workshops and interviews considered organizational patterns, activity and use to construct frameworks of learning and human agency that define the school environment.

Learning Objectives – Be aware of patterns of human agency reflected in school design – Be aware of the role of sustainability and ecological stewardship in school design – Be aware of the physical diversity of learning environments – Be aware of a broad range of historical precedents for school


Designing for the Innovation Generation || Lessons from the planning and design of creative learning and work environments Steelcase – Hotel 14th Floor – Steamboat North

Steve Turckes, AIA, LEED AP, REFP Perkins+Will Joe Connell, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C Perkins+Will Daniel Pink, Thomas Friedman, Sir Ken Robinson and numerous other thought leaders cite the ability to create and innovate as important skills, among others, that today’s students and workers will need in their toolbox if they are to be successful in our rapidly evolving and competitive global economy. But, can we teach our students to create and innovate? And, what might the educational processes, programs and spaces that foster these skills look like? This provocative session will survey a number of theories and writings surrounding the process of innovation in an attempt to reveal essential ingredients and how they can inform decisions about education and learning environments in the future. Via case studies of recently completed work and school environments, we will explore how this new paradigm of the innovation economy might influence both the planning process and design outcomes of learning spaces–whether they exist in school or workplace.


Learning Objectives – Participants will gain knowledge and insight into theories surrounding the process of innovation and the creative economy – Participants will explore the culture, philosophies, and programs that underpin examples of innovative spaces and programs. – Participants will learn the principles and strategies behind the collaborative planning and design of

Making Solar Pay Kenji Matsudo Steelcase – Hotel 14th Floor – Steamboat South

Madeira City Schools Wanting maximize the $1.5 million a donor gave Madeira City Schools for solar panels, Madeira began researching the options for solar power generation. This presentation will address the process Madeira started to maximize the on-site power generation. The speakers will discuss the ABC’s of Energy Conservation: Awareness – Involving and educating all stakeholders in reducing energy usage is vital to the District’s success; Behavioral Changes – Necessary to save money and energy; Consumption – Only variable District can control; and Dedication – Success Starts from the Top. Speakers will describe how they created an energy efficiency culture in the district based on the ABC’s and integrated it into the schools’ curriculum through a “real time” energy dashboard. As the cultural changes occurred, the next step was an energy audit and energy efficient retrofits to increase the district’s overall efficiency. Increasing energy efficiency meant that a small solar array could be used to offset the power needs. School officials began exploring options for on-site power generation through solar photovoltaic panels. They evaluated the benefits of selfownership as opposed to third party ownership and created an RFP for a solar power purchase agreement.

Learning Objectives – Participants will understand how to initiate a culture of sustainability within a school district – Participants will learn how to develop a curriculum integration program with sustainability as a key component – Participants will understand the pros and cons of a solar PPA agreementorganizations working together

7b Tracy Healy, REFP DeJONG-HEALY, LLC

Connecting with OSFC: Building Bridges through Building Schools Hotel 14th Floor – Bull’s Head

Learning Objectives – Best practices in administering a state-wide program

We will take an in depth look at the Ohio School Facilities Commission: its programs, policies, and commitment to the students of Ohio. OSFC has long been recognized for the positive impact of its School Design Manual on academic achievement and serves as a model for other – Lessons learned in states administering state-wide building programs. We will explore how administering a state-wide the Commission has evolved and adapted over the years and how it is program currently dealing with the struggling economy. OSFC was created in – How to engage 1997 to administer the state’s comprehensive public school construction communities effectively in a program. Its staff and consultants assist school districts in funding, variety of ways planning, designing, and building/renovating schools. The Commission has disbursed over $8.3 billion for school construction and renovation, – How to deal with a resulting in the occupancy of 760 buildings serving an estimated 423,000 struggling economy children. To date, enrollment projections for over 400 districts in OSFC programs have been completed, including the six major urban districts: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, and Dayton. There is a total of 612 districts in the state of Ohio ranging in enrollment from 98 students to 53,000 students.


Tours 1: Google/IDEO 2: IDEO/ Google 3: YouMedia/Flashpoint


Google Chicago Office 20 W. Kinzie Street

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called “BackRub” that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998 they had formalized their work, creating the company you know today as Google. Since then, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language we now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, we now have thousands of employees and offices around the world. Search is how Google began, and it’s still at the heart of what they do today. Google devotes more engineering time to search than to any other product, because search can always get better and faster at helping you find what you want, when you want it, where you want it. Google’s Chicago office has most everything other Google offices have like free food, live search tvs, bright colors, and a creative team-friendly atmosphere.

IDEO Chicago Office 626 W Jackson Boulevard Suite 700

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” –Tim Brown, President and CEO IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO identifies new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires. The firm envisions new companies and brands and design the products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring them to life. IDEO helps organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.

YOUmedia YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library 400 S. State Street

YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity. YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library’s downtown Harold Washington Library Center.High school age teens engaging with YOUmedia can access thousands of books, over 100 laptop and desktop computers, and a variety of media creation tools and software, all of which allow them to stretch their imaginations and their digital media skills. By working both in teams and individually, teens have an opportunity to engage in projects that promote critical thinking, creativity, and skill-building. Mentors from Digital Youth Network as well as Chicago Public Library librarians lead workshops to help teens build their skills and create digital artifacts – from songs to videos to photography to blogging. Teens learn how to use a variety of technology and digital equipment, including still and video cameras, drawing tablets, and video and photo editing software. YOUmedia also provides an in-house recording studio featuring keyboards, turntables, and a mixing board.

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy 28 North Clark Street 5th Floor

Founded in 2007, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy is committed to the advancement of higher learning in the fields of digital arts and entertainment. The goal of Tribeca Flashpoint’s immersive, hands-on, intensive program is to prepare students to become media professionals through exposure to real world tools, techniques, and the latest technical developments and trends. Tribeca Flashpoint offers two year, Associates of Applied Science degrees in: Game & Interactive Media, Film & Broadcast, Recording Arts, and Animation & Visual Effects. Tribeca Flashpoint’s curriculum focuses on collaboration across disciplines, professional communication, and critical thinking skills in a creative environment.


Sponsors PLATINUM (5,000+)

Sponsorship of Workspring venue, pre-conference reception, and classroom.

GOLD (3,000+) Classroom Sponsors

Reception Sponsor

SILVER (1,000+) Speaker Sponsors


BRONZE (500+) Turner Construction

EXHIBITORS Accent Signage Systems, Inc. Rahamim Reuven - IN-KIND SPONSOR

Contractors Material, Inc. Greg Stys -

Thank you This conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and exhibitors. Please take a moment to say hello and check out their products and services.

Education2020 Lisa Rupert -

Master Lock Company

Signage All signage was donated by Accent Signage, Inc. Douglas Lacina -

It is printed on Grafica™, an Agri-based plant bio-polymer with low-VOC paints that is recyclable/compostable.

Sika Sarnafil

Accent is a leader in sustainable materials and processes in signage. Scott Sellers

Windy City Skylights Jeff Kosiba -

Wisconsin Bench Dan Lori -

PARTICIPANTS Jeffrey Atkins Barton Malow Company

Richard Dewar+ Cannon Design

Steven Habeeb Habeeb & Associates Architects

Riyad Bannourach Fanning Howey

Melanie Drerup Ohio School Facilities Commission

Tony Hans CMTA

Shelley Bengtson Omaha Public Schools

Aimee Eckmann Perkins+Will


Jeff Bradford

Michael Elliott Kluber Architects and Engineers

Elizabeth Hebert+ Winnetka Public Schools

Ronald Fanning Fanning Howey

Andrew Hetletvedt Brailsford & Dunlavey

Patrick Brosnan+ Legat Architects

Kimberly Fordham

Julie Hinds Tupelo Public School District

Franklin Brown Ohio School Facilities Commission

Patricia Frost PACE Architects, SC

Peter Brown Peter Brown Architects

Wyndol Fry Interface Flooring Systems

Ed Campbell Prairie Valley School Division 208

Ian Gaudet Waterloo Region District School Board

Charlene Johnsos+ Fanning Howey

Chris Gibbs HGA

Mark Jolicoeur Perkins+Will

Jill Chamberlain Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Don Gillmore Seattle School District

George Kacan Fanning Howey

Mark Cloutier Franklin Public Schools

John Gladden Fanning Howey

Melanie Kahl+ Perkins+Will

Mark Coffman Smith Systems

Troy Glover Fanning Howey

Bradley Kiehl DLR Group

John Davids Fanning Howey

Stuart Godfrey krM Architecture+

Rodwell King GPD Associates

Christine DeBrot VS America, Inc.

Kenneth Graham DLR Group

Marsha Decker Flanagan High School

Jessica Graves Tupelo Public School District

Jeff Kluesner Steven Knierim OPN Architects, Inc.

Michael Brandt Perkins+Will

Jeffre Chadwick Clark Enersen Partners

Judith Hoskens Cuningham Group Architecture Dale Jerome French Associates Inc.

Tamisha Lawson GPD Group

John Pfluger Cuningham Group Architecture

BillyVan Elk krM Architecture+

Jason Lembke Legat Architects

Merle Rambo Rambo Associates, Inc.

Mark Warneke Omaha Public Schools

Kerry Leonard OWP/P Cannon Design

Laird Robertson Robertson Simmons Architects inc.

Rodney Wiford Fanning Howey

Peter Lippman JCJ Architecture

Aaron Rodebaugh GPD Associates

Bethany Wilkinson Milwaukee Public Schools

Christian Long Be Playful

Julie Roop Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

Craig Williams School District U-46

Chris Lutz The Larson Equipment and Furniture Company

Robert Roop Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

Patti Williams Des Moines Public Schools

Edwin Schmidt Fanning Howey

James Woods FGM Architects

Paul Scinocca Upper Grand District School Board

Amy Yurko+ BrainSpaces Inc.

James Seaman Fielding Nair International

Jennifer Zirkle Brailsford & Dunlavey

Daniel Mader Fanning Howey Sarah Malin Cannon Design Thomas Mathison TowerPinkster Kenji Matsudo Maderia City Schools

Tamara Slater Wickliffe Progressive Community School

Edward McMilin+ E. McMilin Planning Services, LLC

Ronald Smith Planning Advocates, Inc.

Steven Miller Perkins+Will

Ariel Solis Andrews University

Gregory Monberg Fanning Howey

Susan Tomizawa Ball State University

Paul Nettles Creve Coeur Schools

Steven Turckes+ Perkins+Will

Theodore Pappas Fanning Howey

Charles Tyler Fanning Howey

+ Denotes planning committee member

List as of 5/6/11


Awards Lee J. Brockway Scholarship - 2011 The Midwest Great Lakes (MWGL) Lee J Brockway Scholarship is a regional competitive, merit based award program designed to provide financial support for high school students accepted into college. Each academic year, one student will be selected as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship award. The student selected is intended to enroll in a field related to educational facility planning and design. These include, but are not limited to, architecture, engineering, interior design, facility planning and construction management. LEE J. BROCKWAY SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE Troy Glover MWGL Region Representative Committee Chair Fanning Howey Mike Brannon Associate Superintendent Mason City School District Jennifer Evans-Cowley Associate Professor and Section Head The Ohio State University Christian Long Founder Be Playful Design

Planner of the Year Award - 2011 The Midwest Great Lakes (MWGL) Planner of the Year is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by the Region. Selection is made by the Planner of the Year Committee and is awarded to an individual whose work and activities have produced a positive and significant regional impact on the learning environment. PLANNER OF THE YEAR COMMITTEE Troy Glover MWGL Region Representative Committee Chair Fanning Howey Bob Roop MWGL Region Representative Committee Member Peter Basso Associates Randy Fielding Past Planner of the Year Committee Member Fielding Nair Charles Hancock University/College Official Committee Member The Ohio State University Dave Hill School District Official Committee Member Blue Valley School District Melva Williams-Argaw Architect Committee Member XYZ Survey Service, LTD

Awards John Shaw Award – 2011 The Midwest Great Lakes (MWGL) John Shaw Award is a regional architectural design competition intended to showcase good design that results from collaboration with educators, students and community representatives.

JOHN SHAW DESIGN AWARD COMMITTEE Troy Glover MWGL Region Representative Committee Chair Fanning Howey William Brown Southeast Region Committee Member BeeryRio, Inc. Irene Nigaglioni Southern Region Committee Member PBK Architects Maureen O’Shaughnessy John Shaw Firm Committee Member John Shaw Architects David Schrader Northeast Region Committee Member Schrader Group Architecture


For me, the concept of design is more than object-oriented; it encompasses the design of processes, systems and institutions as well. Increasingly, we need to think about designing the types of institutions we need to get things done in this rapidly accelerating world.� John Seely Brown

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