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CSDA to Play Leading Role This Month at the 39th Annual CASH Conference

CSDA Design Group (CSDA) will be making a big impact on the 39th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Conference to be held February 26-28 in Sacramento, CA. Attendees of this event include Superintendents, Chief Business Officers and Facilities Directors from K-12 Public Schools throughout the state. The workshops, roundtables and keynotes at this annual conference provide important information that educators, designers and builders alike can use to improve educational facilities for today’s students and  tomorrow’s leaders. The Conference Brochure can be found here.

CSDA will be leading a key workshop and roundtable in which they will share their expertise in the design of educational facilities.

Michael Schoen, AIA, LEED AP, and Principal of CSDA’s Los Angeles office, in conjunction with Dr Leah Hanes, Executive Director of Two Bit Circus, will moderate a roundtable discussion entitled “Classrooms of the Future: High Performance Learning Environments”. Mike and Leah will be presenting ideas and case studies demonstrating how students’ and teachers’ performances are enhanced by efficient and inspiring facilities. Leah will explain how Two Bit Circus’ innovative critical thinking process is creating curriculums of future and how classrooms can best support them. Technology and flexibility as design tools will also be discussed

Zachary Goodman, AIA, LEED AP, and Associate Principal of CSDA’s San Francisco office will partner with Bobbie Plough, Ed.D, Associate Professor at California State University East Bay; Kate Mraw, CID, LEED BD+C, Associate Principal at LPA, Inc. and Dr Julie Cramer of Wayfinding Education to present case studies which demonstrate how a STEM or STEAM learning environment that is authentically aligned with a district’s educational goals creates an ecosystem of relevant learning and engaged students. The role of the teacher evolves to “facilitator of learning” and the student to that of an “educational entrepreneur;” influencing the design response of STEM environments and, ultimately, encouraging professional learning as new instructional strategies are realized.

CSDA is a leading educational facilities design firm and a thought leader in the development of 21st Century education and sustainable design principles. As part of the upcoming CASH Conference, CSDA has submitted its new Hayward High School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) building designed for the Hayward Unified School District for a 2018 Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award in the “Projects in Design” category.