ASCD Empower20 The Conference for Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together

ASCD Empower20: The Conference for Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together is being held March 13–16, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). 



Designing Modern Learning Spaces

Architecture, Furniture, and Curriculum

Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Marie Hubley Alcock, Prakash Nair


How can we design learning spaces to support and engage modern students? Educators worldwide are creating remarkable learning environments in schools. Whether you are considering purchasing new forms of furniture, repurposing existing spaces, or creating totally new types of schools, join us for an exciting day of creativity and substance. 


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Designing Structures for Modern Learning - Boot Camp Event with Marie Alcock

This workshop will examine expanding the options for each of the four structures that make modern learning possible: schedules, learning spaces, student grouping and personnel configurations. We will look at the relationship between these structures and programs tailored to the student population.

Areas of Focus For Your School Program | Action Plans Developed Onsite

  • Learning Spaces - architectural plans and re-purposing existing spaces
  • Furniture Design - options based on student interaction & concentration
  • Physical Location - making use of property and resident community
  • Virtual Learning Spaces - options and criteria for quality selection
  • Budgets - the realities of financial constraints and decision-making
  • Scheduling - valuing time as currency
  • Grouping Patterns for Learners – student grouping by interests
  • Personnel Configurations – examining roles beyond departments
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2020 Summit for Transformative Learning

Learn from the best, most sought-after experts in education at the 5th Annual Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis, Missouri.  Created and hosted by Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), the “STLinSTL” conference is distinct because it offers participants opportunities to interact with keynote speakers and presenters in small group settings.  The 2018 conference drew nearly 400 educators from across the country, providing invaluable networking opportunities for all attendees.  This year's keynote speakers are Tom Schimmer, an education author, speaker, and consultant, and Dr. Marie Alcock, international education consultant and president of Learning Systems Associates.

STLinSTL is highly affordable and all-inclusive. The conference ticket includes pre-conference workshops, breakout sessions, deep dive workshops, most meals, and a social hour.  All sessions take place on the beautiful campus of MICDS in McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall, the premier STEM facility in the Midwest.

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