Over the next several weeks, OnCUE will be introducing readers to some of the presenters who will be showcased up in Sacramento at this year’s Fall CUE Conference. These presenters want to give you a teaser of what to expect at their session – and hopefully inspire you to join them!Read on to hear from them – in their own words – about their passions, stories, and areas of expertise.

Do you know where YOU learn what best?

Learning space design goes well beyond decorating the classroom, cute bulletin boards, and flexible seating. Becoming a learning space designer means the integration of research into the work of intentionally designing learning spaces. More and more teachers are asking their students the question, “Where do you learn what best?” to prepare them for life beyond school that will most likely include co-working spaces, mobile work spaces, working from home, and many other options.

Each requires students to be able to answer that question, and it is our role to begin that preparation. In addition, we should be asking students about what in the classroom supports their learning and then craft personalized solutions for their students. Using the research that is emerging around learning space design, teachers can build a coherent strategy that allows students to have choice and agency throughout their active learning environment.

My session for Fall CUE showcases these ideas in a practical way that allows all teachers and leaders to engage in proactive ways to optimize their learning spaces. The learning space tells the non-verbal story of the learning, and it is essential that all learning spaces reduce stress and anxiety and maximize deeper learning.

Continue to follow the hashtag #learningspaces and #intentionaldesign leading up to the event to get some great free resources and ideas. 

Join Dr. Robert Dillon on Saturday, October 19th from 3:00-4:00pm in the Library for his session, “Technology Integration for Modern Learning Space.”

Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on the Leadership Team for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today’s needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of many books on intentional design in learning: Leading Connected Classrooms Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow’s Schools Today; Redesigning Learning Space; The Space: A Guide for Educators; and Powerful Parent Partnerships.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.