Virginia Educational Facility Planners

Re-Imagining Learning Spaces 2.0

The Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE) is now accepting proposals for seminars/sessions for our 2019 VA4LE Annual Conference. The Conference theme is “Re-Imagining Learning Spaces, 2.0”. building on the theme of the Mid-Year Conference hosted by Albemarle County Public Schools in October 2018. The intended audience at our conference 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
  • outdoor spaces and how they can influence, support, or supplement pedagogy
  • are teachers using 21st century spaces as designed
  • trends in education, planning, design and/or construction
  • transforming instructional spaces with limited resources
  • furnishings and tools for active learning
  • non-traditional (in-between) learning spaces
  • the role of the media center and maker spaces in student activities and pedagogy

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, educators, 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 1, 2019 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 Friday, March 1, 2019. Call for Speakers closed.


Please contact Stephen Halsey, VA4LE Chapter President at or Michael Ross, VA4LE Chapter President-Elect at