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Friday, October 6 • 8:30am - 11:30am
One Room Catalyst: Giving Credibility and Momentum to Pedagogical Change

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Constantly evolving technology and pedagogies provide teachers with new opportunities to engage students in learning and this often puts pressure on independent schools to change. Teachers and boards sometimes resist change and school leaders can find it difficult to gain internal support. Making the case for change becomes easier when faculty, students, and even parents are engaged in the design process and are able to test-drive new classroom concepts. The in-room experiences of teachers and students can also be used to refine the layout and design before whole-scale implementation. A flagship element of a new master plan for Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida was the construction of demonstration classrooms that both enabled teachers and students to explore new classroom concepts and created enthusiasm from donors. In this presentation, participants will learn the impetus for a new master plan, how it was executed, and how the use of demonstration classrooms advanced the process. Attendees will participate in hands-on interactive group activities, learn how to set up demonstration classrooms in their schools, and explore the design of modern learning spaces.

Field of Study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical
Learning Objective: Attendees will learn the strategies schools can use to build internal support for pedagogical change; the key design elements in flexible, collaborative, and adaptable modern classrooms; and how a master plan and demonstration classrooms can be leveraged as part of a school's capital giving and building programs.

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Todd Andrews

Principal, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Todd Andrews is a principal with Centerbrook Architects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and has practiced at Centerbrook for 19 years. During that time, he has designed buildings that support and enhance education, learning, research, worship... Read More →
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Philip Cork

Assoc. Headmaster for Finance & Ass't Treasurer, Saint Andrew's School
Philip Cork, for the past 15 years, has been the Associate Headmaster for Finance at Saint Andrew's School located in Boca Raton, Florida. Saint Andrew's School is one of the top independent day/boarding schools in South Florida, with 1,295 students JK-12. Prior to joining Saint Andrew’s... Read More →
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Chad Floyd

Partner, Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Chad Floyd is a partner with Centerbrook Architects. He has four decades of experience developing plans and designing buildings for independent schools. Chad’s independent school experience includes Saint Andrew’s School (FL), Greensboro Day School, Charlotte Country Day School... Read More →
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Sara Rubinstein

Head of High School, Carrollwood Day School
Sara Rubinstein is the Head of the High School at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, FL. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Headmaster for Academics and Head of the Upper School at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL and before that she was the Upper School Head and Director... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am EDT
Astor Gallery

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