EDsession Program & Schedule

Building Bridges: Creating Transitional Learning Environments for Students to Young Adults

  • Date:Thursday, November 4
  • Time:2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Description: In 2020, the new Bridges Adult Transition Center opened as a celebration of the 17-year history of Niles THSD 219’s Bridges program for students with special needs. The new facility supports young adults, ages 18-21, in transitioning from high school to adulthood through innovative design and pedagogies with a focus on personal skills, vocational training, and community-based instruction. The Center’s design incorporates immersive learning labs, such as Kitchen and Apartment Labs, to provide students real-world applications and education. Insights from both district administration and architects will highlight this often-overlooked student population and the specialized learning environments of the Bridges Center.
  • Location:Classroom 320
  • Session Type:EDsession
  • Session Code:ES21RC1
  • Learning Objective 1:Understand the importance of young adult transitional services for students with special needs.
  • Learning Objective 2:Discover how community partnerships can expand learning opportunities beyond a traditional school environment.
  • Learning Objective 3:Explore how specialized learning environments and pedagogies can cultivate student growth and success.
  • Learning Objective 4:Learn about an innovative educational facility for students aged 18-21 with special needs.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC
Patrick Callahan
StudioGC, Inc.
Bridget Connolly
Niles Township High School District 219
Kate Seiwert
Niles Township High School District 219
Athi Toufexis
StudioGC, Inc.