Virginia Educational Facility Planners

Designing Schools for Future Makers

The Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is now accepting proposals for seminars/sessions for our 2017 VA4LE Annual Conference. The conference theme is “Designing Schools for Future Makers”. By way of reminder, the intended audience includes educators, planners, designers and builders from Virginia whose collective mission is to improve the environments where children learn. Conference attendees will self-select into concurrent sessions. Presenters will have sixty (60) minutes to interact with attendees and present information on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • the relationship between facilities and learning
  • facility planning, maker spaces, what are they and where do they occur
  • new building technologies that support students building things
  • trends in education, planning, design and/or construction
  • how are we doing with the 21st century learning environments now that we are 16 years into the new century

The conference is organized to present a balance between practical information and forward-thinking concepts. VA4LE is most interested in seminars with an emphasis on experience gained from actual projects using tried tools, technologies and practices that architects, planners, school facility managers and superintendents can take home and use or adapt.

Though not mandatory, presenters are encouraged to collaborate with peers in other fields in order to bring a broad perspective to the subject. In an effort to provide our participants with the most useful training and information, we will not consider proposals with a commercial or product-oriented focus.

Sessions will be sixty (60) minutes in length, with a balance of time for presentation and group discussion. AV equipment will be available, if requested. All speakers must register and pay the regular conference fee. All speakers that would like to provide an electronic copy of their presentation must do so by April 15, 2017 and are welcome to forward to the contacts below. All presentations will be converted to PDF files and posted to the VA4LE website. All proposals for consideration must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017.

Call for Speakers is closed.