Research has shown the benefits of nature to human well-being and learning but this knowledge rarely translates into the regular use of outdoor learning environments. While current events have forced schools to look at this missed opportunity, this session will assist schools with how best to create these environments. Explore the process developed between the Los Angeles County Office of Education, HMC Architects, and the Design Team to guide districts and schools on how to engage, encourage, and empower all the stakeholders associated with creating successful outdoor learning environments. Participants will be empowered with a process they can employ to engage administrators, teachers, students, M&O, community members, and design professionals to design successful outdoor learning environments for a variety of uses and situations.
1 AIA LU/HSW
August 25, 2021, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Jema is the Director of Facilities and Construction at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, an associate member of CASH, and past Chair of the CCFC. Her background is in Architecture and she has 24 years of experience in design, construction, and management of retail and educational facilities. Jema oversees 300+ school facilities for various programs. Her role includes leasing, design, construction, maintenance and operations, security, emergency preparedness and school compliance programs including facilities inspections according to the Williams Legislation.
Shaun is Project Director III for the Outdoor & Marine Science Field Study at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Shaun earned her bachelor’s degree and graduate certificate in education from UC Santa Cruz. She has a master’s degree in Educational Administration with her thesis work on science phenomena in context. She has worked for the L.A. County Outdoor Science School since 1992 and for other outdoor science programs, including National Audubon.
As a principal in charge in HMC’s LA office, Virginia serves the firm’s PreK–12 clients by working with school districts, strategic partners, and internal teams to ensure operations and business development success. She has 20+ years of experience in PreK-12 architecture creating optimal learning environments of all sizes and complexities. Virginia enjoys partnering with school administers, teachers, parents, the community, and especially students to re-imagine learning environments that prepare kids for life after graduation.