Resilience Strategies for Communities, Facilities, Learners


Nick Salmon
Collaborative Learning Network

Katherine Moore
Georgia Conservancy

Mary Kay Entsminger
Master of Educational Administration
Chicago Heights School District #170


1.5 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

The resilient school of the future is likely to be a facility we already own, staffed with people we already employ, dramatically transformed with limited resources for teaching and learning in a dynamic century.   This session will share resilience strategies at the scale of the community, facilities and learner demonstrating how learning environments can be resilient to changing communities, pedagogy and learning styles.   A series of brief presentations of case studies and best practices will conclude with essential questions intended to provoke small group conversations including:   Why do we default to 10Acres+? How are you engaging the community in the site selection process?   What internship opportunities are you taking advantage of?   Why do we accept standardization of classroom sizes and 35% non-assignable?   How are you addressing the needs of introverts? What are the range of learning needs we should be accommodating?   Why go to school? How does project based learning, learning from failure and learning at your own pace impact facilities?   What are you doing to build meaningful relationships with learners and the community?    The session will conclude with a team challenge testing existing schools for future flexibility including:   Departmental Model Grade Level Teams (MA SC LA SS) Project Based Learning Learn at your own pace Learning linked to theme (STEM, Arts, Environment, World Language) Career Clusters Career Academies Half-day, whole-day, twice-weekly Internships Flex labs belong to pod & shared w/ school Teach alone, pairs, teams Teams loop with kids 9-10 or 9-12 Community use during school day Community use after school day Community center/health clinic Year-round school

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn why resilience is important to communities, facilities and learners;
  • Learn how resilience is best achieved in your community.
  • Identify barriers to resilience typically encountered in school design;
  • Learn resilience strategies that can be integrated in your future practices
Primary Competency:

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community’s unique vision into the vision for its schools.

Primary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.

Secondary Domain:

Learning: Content of this session/workshop will focus on how we learn and/or how the physical environment responds specifically to various methods of instruction, pedagogies, learning styles, or learning trends.

Additional information:

This session brings together a community planner, educational facility planner and local educational leader to share resilience strategies for communities, facilities and learners.