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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!

ACEF Block Bullet School Safety Strategies During Challenging Economic Times

Presented By: Paul Timm

Schools are faced with the daunting challenge of protecting students, staff, and visitors under increasingly difficult circumstances. This podcast may help you reduce your risk both collaboratively and comprehensively. Facilities both old and new may benefit from the latest loss prevention methods and timeless security strategies. Particular focus will be placed on improving communications, even with infrastructure limitations. This podcast will present real solutions, many of which can be implemented at little, or no cost, during these challenging economic times. 

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ACEF Block Bullet A Case Study in Strategic Planning for Educational Facilities

Presented By: Blake Godkin

While it is crucial to understand the theoretical foundations that drive strategic planning for educational facilities, it is also helpful to explore practical/real-world applications of these techniques and tools. Employing strategic planning in this case is an art as well as a science. A solid framework is key, but adapting to the unique needs of a particular client or project is also necessary. This podcast will introduce a specific case-study where strategic planning was utilized to inform the renovation of Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center in Irving, TX. This podcast will walk you through the implementation of a strategic planning process to help deliver a transformative design for this unique campus.

ACEF Block Bullet Renovation vs. Replacement of Older Historic Schools

Presented By: Royce Yeater

When school districts want to improve their facilities they often face an immediate question: “Is it better to renovate the schools we have, or should they be replaced?” This podcast will help school administrators understand the process by which they can answer that question.

There is a growing body of evidence that older and historic schools can often be renovated at no more, and often less cost than new schools, when all the costs are figured into the equation. Communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries built schools as monuments to the civic value of education—often massive masonry structures with marble, mahogany, and slate finishes. These types of buildings offer solid value in their basic form and structure.

Older and historic schools also often contain amenities and architectural character unaffordable in replacement schools today. Some schools, however, were built cheaply to handle sudden booms in student populations and have now thoroughly expended their useful life.

The process outlined in the podcast is intended to yield an objective analysis of the choice between renovation and replacement.

ACEF Block Bullet Universal Design in Education: Overview and Applications

Presented By: Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler

Learn about the history of universal design and a wide range of applications in educational settings at all levels.  Explore the implications of individual abilities and disabilities with respect to the design of information technology, instruction, services, and the physical environment.  Learn about the universal design process and how it can be implemented to create environments that are welcoming and accessible to all learners and educators.  Examples and resources will be presented.

ACEF Block Bullet Strategic Planning for Educational Facilities

Presented By: Blake Godkin

For years, school officials have fit programs into spaces, rather than designing spaces to fit desired programs. When planning new or renovated spaces, the first step in the planning process should be structured conversation that revolves around desired programs and learning results.  During this presentation, Mr. Godkin will introduce a model to generate discussions and develop beliefs that will ensure learning drives construction. Participants will begin to develop an understanding of how to build a strategic planning task force (task force), identify information to challenge the task force and identify current vital signs. Additionally, they will understand the need for open-ended questions that will guide the task force development of beliefs and commitments surround facilities and learning. Facilities and instructional leaders are encouraged to participate in this session together to learn how to engage with local task force to identify learning beliefs and decide how facilities will help accomplish them.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.  

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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.

ACEF Block Bullet 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. 

ACEF Block Bullet 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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