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ACEF's podcasts are a convenient way for our users to gain firsthand knowledge of a variety of topics such as sustainability, vulnerability, security, and planning.  You can listen to podcast on anything that will play .MP3 files or straight from your computer.  The podcasts are FREE and easy to listen to on the go!

block image - 20120403 Advancements in Practice: A Principal's Story

Presented By: Dr. Arthur Cummins

There is a perceived gap in knowledge regarding facilities design/construction and how this may influence the approach to emergency management practices in educational institutions.  Considerations such as age of facility, materials of construction, measures of mitigation, and staff development are all factors in matters to emergency practice.  This presentation is intended to provide a brief, yet effective, message for key personnel considering how they might approach staff development and exercise design to support mitigation, prevention, response and recovery from significant events.

block image - 20120403 School Designs for Special Needs Populations

Presented By: Mr. Mike Dorn

American K-12 schools dare to educate many children and youth who are excluded from traditional schools in many other parts of the world.  Our schools work diligently to provide educational services for students who face a wide range of challenges, such as those involving mobility, cognitive processing, vision, and the ability to hear. Through this video, educational professionals will learn how implementing the principals of universal design when designing a school facility will increase usability for these individuals, as well as, mitigate the effects of a life threatening crisis such as a fire, tornado, or act of violence creating a safer environment for all.  

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block image - 20120403 Bridging Students, Educators, & Designers for Educational Facilities

Presented By: Judy Harris Helm, Ed.D.

There is no one school design that is right for all children and all communities. If there were, school design would be a simple process.  Instead the school design process is a complex joining of expertise of educators with the expertise of design and construction professionals.  The results can be a school building that supports and encourages the vision of the school and community; one that will change and adapt to future needs. However; the process is sometimes a litany of miscommunication, broken schedules, and a building that is outdated before it is even open.  In this learning event, career experiences and relevant guidelines are shared to connect educators and designers in a common vision of a learning environment to best suit the needs of all students.

block image - 20120403 How to Connect Your Mission/Vision to Your Educational Environment

Presented By: Ms. Bobbi MacDonald

This session is designed to help principals and teachers, as well as architects, interior designers, and facilities professionals transform their understanding of the educational environment and how it connects to the educational mission and vision.  In addition, stakeholders will learn to, apply low-cost solutions in order to create productive, beautiful, personalized spaces for effective teaching and learning.

Sustainable Design of Learning Environments

Presented By: Mr. Gunnar Hubbard

Using the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden's new LEED Platinum Education Center as a case study, this session will discuss the green building process with an emphasis on the early design charrette as an integral tool for achieving the highest possible LEED rating and the Net Zero energy target.  New educational tools being used by the Gardens will be presented which allows visitors and building users to track performance and to learn about the building's green features.  Cost benefit analysis will be discussed and the expected payback on this Net Zero solar-powered building will be showcased.

What is Sustainable Design

Presented By: Mr. Scott Layne

Sustainability is the capacity to maintain, support, or endure.  Sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible planning and management of resources.

Designing Safer and More Effective K-12 Schools

Presented By: Mr. Mike Dorn

Safety issues ranging from bullying, truancy, fights, disorderly visitors, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires and a wide range of other hazards can have a significant and negative impact not only on life safety but on the process of education as well. A host of often relatively simple adjustments in school design can dramatically improve safety and survivability during a variety of school crisis situations.

Architectural Programming for the Learner

Presented By: Anne Taylor

The design of educational facilities may influence educational practices.  Architectural design can reflect educational theory and academic goals.  Exploring the connections between learning theory and architectural design is imperative.  Architects and educators share the desire to design schools as "learning tools."  Architects can design spaces supportive of educational concepts. 

Earthquake Preparedness

Presented By: Mark Benthien Co-Presented by: Ms. Jill Barnes

In light of the recent tragedy in Japan, earthquake preparedness for educational facilities has gained great attention.  In this course, educational leaders will learn about how they can prepare and protect their most valuable resources in the event of an earthquake.  Participants will learn a basic set of actions to take before, during, and after earthquakes, according to the Seven Steps to School Seismic Safety, adapted from the Seven Step to Earthquake Safety as included in many earthquake publications for the general public and for businesses across the country.

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