Designing for Change from the Ground Up

As schools design for innovation and change by offering critical professional development for teachers, hacking schedules, implementing school-wide initiatives from the top, or revamping the very nature of the classroom -- education leaders now must examine physical spaces as landscapes for reinventing learning. Yet, are technologists invited to the table as those changes are envisioned, designed, and implemented?  -- SD

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ATLIS has begun to explore several ways in which technology leaders can provide vital insight for the reinvention of physical spaces for learning. Here we share some of what we are learning and doing in the context of learning environments. We hope our explorations at Edspaces, collaboration with MISBO, and selections for our upcoming conference will inspire you.


Last October, Sarah Hanawald, Executive Director of ATLIS, attended the EdSpaces conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference brings together school leaders from administration, technology, facilities management, and the business office to address the latest developments in designing learning spaces for schools. Below you can see selected tweets by Sarah (@theatlis) from the conference.

ATLIS/MISBO Collaboration

Susan Davis, Professional Development at ATLIS, will join forces with Jonathan Matta and Bryan Ballegeer of KI in a MISBO On the Road Event -- “Designing for Change: From Rote to Active to Freelance.” The event aims to bring together business officers, facilities management personnel, and technology leaders in an authentic learning environment to “establish design drivers that will inform how a physical space is designed.” Susan will introduce case studies of schools at the beginning, middle, and end of their design cycles to encourage reflection on how technology leaders can help inform the evolution of learning spaces. The event will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM ET (lunch provided) at KI Georgia, 3535 Piedmont Rd NE #110, Atlanta. You can register for the event here.

ATLIS Annual Conference 2018

ATLIS attendees will have the opportunity to explore new ideas about learning spaces at the ATLIS Annual Conference scheduled for April 15-18, 2018, in Crystal City, Virginia. Join us for intriguing presentations on

Redesigning Learning Spaces for Active Learning Pedagogies” with Sarah Loyola, Ravenscroft School (NC)

“IT's Role in Transforming Learning Spaces” with Howard Levin, Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart (CA), and Connie White, Woodward Academy (GA)

“A Makerspace in 18 months -- Lessons Learned” with Alex Podchaski and Kim Connolly of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (NJ); Theresa Jay, Thayer Academy (MA).

Register now for Early Bird pricing to attend ATLIS AC 2018.

A Little Inspiration

As we think anew about our learning spaces, let us consider this insight from Philip Johnson, perhaps best known as the architect of the Seagram Building in Manhattan, but also the designer of spaces for the Sculpture Garden at MOMA, the Boston Public Library, and Thanks-giving Square in Dallas.

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