|DECEMBER 2008 e-NEWSLETTER|
Letter from the Editor
“In the end we only conserve what we love, we love only what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.” This was a guiding quote from Senegalese poet, Baba Dioum, at the First National Green Charter Schools Conference. Nearly 200 educators, administrators and facilities managers were gathered from over 20 states for this conference. Keynote speaker, Professor Bill Cronon of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spoke to the core of what green charter schools are all about. Connecting to the community, connecting to the world, connecting students to a love of learning rather than limiting by standardized testing. His work “Only Connect”, and the people I met at the conference, inspired this month’s DesignShare Green Issue. While green is certainly a buzzword in any sector of architecture, we often fail to see how it’s actually put into practice in schools. You’ll find a number of resources on environmentally focused and environmentally friendly schools in this e-newsletter.
This month also inaugurates DesignShare’s effort to share not only better-quality case studies, but more of them, adding to our library of more than 500. We kick off the effort by presenting Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, and Colorado State University’s new state-of-the-art University Center for the Arts. You’ll be seeing more of these innovative schools in your inbox each month, and we hope, again as submissions in the 2010 Design Awards program.
This leads me to yet another exciting turn for DesignShare. We have hosted a renowned awards program every year since 2000. This year, the annual awards will switch gears and more actively involve you, our readers and our reason for existing. With leading experts in the field of school architecture and education serving as commentators, rather than judges, throughout the Awards process, we’ll ask you to call the shots by “Getting Out the Vote” for the most ground-breaking, successful school buildings. Watch for more news in the coming months and help make this the most successful Design Awards year yet!
It’s Easy Being Green—Once You Know HowAs Kermit says, “It is not easy being green,” but Environmental Charter High School knows how to implement the four GCSN components of the Green School Design. Click here to read more.
Case Study: University Center for the Arts, Colorado State UniversityState-of-the-Art Performing Arts Facility Born Out of Historic High School: As sustainability becomes the way of the world, sustainable elements and building as a 3-D textbook become an excellent means of teaching as well. Click here to read more...
Case Study: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minneapolis, MN (as also published in the CEFPI Planner)Yes We Can! Designing for Literacy, Numeracy, and Personalized Learning: The Cristo Rey Network has transformed the graduation rate in under-performing neighborhoods from 20% to over 90% using innovative approaches, such as corporate internships, personalized learning communities, and heavy doses of team teaching. Click here to read more...
Locker Options – Thinking Outside the Box, by Tod SchneiderTo have a dramatic impact on locker issues, we literally need to start thinking outside the box, and integrate locker design into the surrounding environment. Click here to read more...
Video: The Edible Schoolyard: Seed-to-Table LearningThis campus gardening project has done more than teach students about the fundamentals of organic gardening. It's taught life lessons about interdependence, caring for the environment, and the value of hard work. Click here to view the video.
Down & Dirty: Getting a Handle on Mother NatureFrom planting seeds to recycling cafeteria leftovers, students learn the cycle of life in gardens. Click here to read more...
One Corner of the WorldGhana Green Schools
Review of First National Green Charter Schools ConferenceThe First National Green Charter Schools Conference took place November 7-9 in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more about the conference and keynote speaker, Professor Bill Cronon of the University of Wisconsin, click here.
Educational Facilities Effectiveness Instrument Demo Now OnlineIn a worsening economy, there isn’t much money floating around for school building improvements. A newly developed tool, developed by co-founders of Fielding Nair International and DesignShare.com, allows governments and schools to assess their buildings at a maximum value. Click here to read the full article.
More Information on Eco-Friendly Schools
Changes Coming to DesignShare
BookshelfAn Ethic of Excellence, Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students
By Ron Berger (2003)
Click here to read our review.
7th Annual High Performance School Symposium (Tampa)February 6 - 7, 2009
National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference (Chicago)February 25 - 27, 2009
The NAIS Annual Conference is the largest gathering of independent school leaders, administrators, and teachers. The conference provides for attendees opportunities for invaluable personal and professional networking, and for the attainment of practical skills and tools. In addition, it strives to be an event that spurs forward-thinking dialogue about the future that faces independent schools.
"The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade" (Germany)March 31 – April 2, 2009
The conference will review what has been achieved during the first half of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and will look ahead to strategies that further promote awareness and progress in this field. Special emphasis will be placed on enhancing North-South and South-South dialogue and cooperation. The conference is organized by UNESCO and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in cooperation with the German Commission for UNESCO.
2009 School Building Expo (Pittsburgh)June 2 - 4, 2009
If you're planning new schools, designing a new school, or renovating a school... If you're an architect designing schools and colleges, if you're a campus planner, a university architect, or you're an educational facilities planner... If you're building new schools, if you're building a college building, if you're building a university campus... If you're a member of AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, if you're an educational facilities planner or your direct capital projects for a school or college, if you're in school construction orcollege construction... If you're a member of CEFPI and interested in educational facilities planning... If If you want to know more about Green Schools, solar power in schools, or LEED for Schools, then School Building Expo is for you.
86th Annual CEFPI World Conference & Expo (Washington, DC)September 27 - 29, 2009
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