EDsession Program & Schedule

Designing a Learning Community: Creating Places for Active Learning on a Budget

  • Date:Tuesday, November 2
  • Time:1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Description: Reimagine America’s Schools partnered with Remake Learning and 16 organizations and agencies in western Pennsylvania in the design of a variety of STEM, STEAM, Maker and other active learning environments. Each organization received a $50,000 grant from local foundations to cover all construction costs. Pittsburgh area architects provided pro-bono services to implement design concepts created during a 2-day Reimagine America’s School’s charrette workshop with a national design team, Pittsburgh architects, and the 16 grantees. Projects demonstrate practical changes that can be achieved on a limited budget. Also underscored is the importance of the connection between educators and designers in creating spaces for today’s learners, design as a leadership tool, and how school and out-of-school-time organizations can create a learning community. Design team members, local designers, Reimagine America’s Schools, and Remake Learning will share their experiences, project stories, and challenges, to help architects and educators apply lessons learned in their own communities.

    (Limited Seating; Preregistration Required)
  • Session Type:Workshop
  • Session Code:ES21PC1
  • Learning Objective 1:Discover how to structure a design process to engage user voices at all levels of a client organization in a collaborative design process creating more effective learning environments and improving learning outcomes.
  • Learning Objective 2:Learn how to coach educational leaders in using the design of the learning environment as a leadership tool to respond to changing educational needs positively impacting the experience for educators and learners, and connecting human centered design with desired educational outcomes.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand methods to leverage limited resources in the redesign of existing spaces for active learning to be efficient with building materials, the time available to make changes in occupied spaces, and other resources.
  • Learning Objective 4:Learn how to create and document a facilities vision based on user needs and research on effective pedagogy that is used to communicate space design concepts to effectively implement a change strategy in learning environment design.
  • Credit:AIA LU/HSW
Kerry Leonard
Reimagine America's Schools
Sarah Dirsa
KG+D Architects & Engineers, PC
Ron Bogle
National Design Alliance
Joshua Lee
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
Emily Czarnecki
JCJ Architecture