Reimagining Learning Spaces

Address development & improvement of school learning spaces.

The location and meeting room for this event is being provided by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and the ICE Conference. The ICE conference is taking place at Pheasant Run February 25-28 and more about the conference can be found at:

Designing Learning Solutions for Tomorrow and Beyond

Let’s spend a day together exploring the design possibilities for our learning environments and the powerful potential waiting to be unlocked! Members of CADCA are invited to bring an unlimited number of colleagues with them to this unique workshop on Feb. 26.

Here’s what is in store for you.

In a provocative opening keynote, David Jakes will first ask us to think about these questions: “In your school(s), what do you want the student learning experience to be?” What should the student learning experience be that prepares them for the challenges of the world beyond school? Ultimately, David argues, the student learning experience has spatial implications. Effective spaces are built around the experience and provide the physical and digital locations for implementation of the experience.

We will first derive inspiration from our students and from those who have begun to address these questions:

Video interviews with students from three of our area districts will provide us with student perspectives on the spaces they seek out to best support their learning. Next, a panel of trailblazing school and community organizations--including Barrington with a focus on their incubator classroom concept-- will share the specifics of learning spaces and programs they have rethought and implemented. We will also have some furniture vendors present with some of their innovative furniture on site for us to see/use to spark our discussions!

Inspired by these different ideas, you (and colleagues you bring) will be organized into a design team based on interest (participants would indicate their preferences during registration). The design teams will be arranged around the following themes:

  • Classroom Spaces

  • Library Spaces

  • Informal Spaces (those spaces in schools not associated with traditional instruction)

  • Digital Spaces

You will be guided through a process to ask and answer questions about this learning space and moved to identify decisions and changes that that can be implemented tomorrow, a week to a month from now, and a year or more into the future. We will all share our ideas which will be assembled into a playbook that contains ideas for all four areas and will be distributed to all participants.

Reimagining the Spaces in Which We Learn

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 10am-4pm

4051 E Main St

St Charles, IL

Who: CADCA member plus unlimited number of colleagues

Cost: $25 per person to cover lunch and facilities/audio visual equipment costs.

You may wish to bring a fully charged laptop or tablet to access online resources helpful during the process.

Benefit: At no extra charge, ICE conference welcomes us to join them for afternoon and evening workshops and presentations, including admission to the vendor hall and participation in happy hour Ignite sessions.

Registration and Contact Information:

Please Register by Friday, February 21st.

To register for this event, please click here, or go to:

Payment must be received by Tuesday, February 25th. Please send a check made payable to:

Maine Township High School District 207

Attn: Dan Bachar

1131 S. Dee Road

Park Ridge, IL 60068

If you have questions regarding content, please feel free to contact Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga. Questions on logistics or registration? Contact Dan Bachar via email or at 847.692.8010.