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About the Virginia Chapter of Association for Learning Environments

The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) is the state chapter of the Association for Learning Environments, a professional association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. Association members — individuals, institutions and corporations — are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining schools and colleges. Learn more about the Association on-line.

A Message from the President
Stephen Halsey

‘Leading innovation at the intersection of learning and place.’

The A4LE mission statement above is at the core of the Virginia Chapter for the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE). Our chapter consists of design professionals, planners, facility and operational leaders, and educators, all of whom are focused on K-12 facilities and environments and providing innovative facilities and spaces that support instructional delivery in today’s world.

This year is a transformative year in our chapter as we look to expand our message and purpose to those not traditionally involved in our organization. As instructional spaces and facilities have evolved over the past decade, we have seen tremendous movement in school divisions embracing and incorporating key components of modern, progressive education spaces; spaces that promote student and teacher collaboration, spaces that promote flexibility to support a variety of instructional content, and spaces that promote student choice in the ways they can engage the instructional space. As these concepts have become more common in educational facilities around the Commonwealth, our chapter is embarking on a mission to engage not only those who design, maintain and operate education facilities, but to also engage those who influence and develop instructional content and the delivery of this content on a daily basis in the classroom. This outreach and expansion to those in instruction is, at its core, integral to our mission of:

‘Leading innovation at the intersection of learning and place.’

We invite you to become involved in our chapter as there are many ways to participate and further the mission of VA4LE. Each year we host a one-day conference in the fall and our annual conference in the spring. These are opportunities to engage other professionals in workshops, lectures, small groups, panel discussions and in other social settings to further the mission to provide the best and most innovative learning environments to students. The success of our chapter is also dependent on our professional partners whose support through the sponsorship of our two conferences is vital. We thank them for their continued support of our chapter and for the relationships we share outside of the chapter. Please take a moment to review the list of sponsors to the left of this message.

It is an exciting time to be a part of our profession and in the world of K-12 education with such a diverse group of people committed to innovation in the environments in which our students learn. I invite you to become involved today.