Schools as Center of Community Conference

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Schools as Center of Community Conference

Apr 14, 2021 (11:00 AM) - Apr 15, 2021 (5:00 PM)

Schools are positioned to serve as centers of their community and provide a wide range of support programs that advance both civic and educational experiences. It’s time to reimagine the school campus as a community center.

Playing a key role in providing resources, schools have given even more support to families beyond the needs of education since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020. What if we took that one step further and developed schools as sustaining community centers, providing resources and supports to neighborhood families from nutrition to wellness, civic and family resources or even co-locating healthcare, housing, or service amenities?

Schools are best positioned to take care of people because that’s what they do. Student success does not occur in a vacuum, it is a function of involvement in the whole community. This conference will explore how we leverage the benefits of the community to the school and the opportunity in how schools can benefit the community, deeply exploring where education meets society and the implications for space design.

This 2-day Virtual Conference will strengthen your core competencies in Community Engagement, Design of Educational Facilities, and Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning. In this interactive event, we’ll learn together how to advance educational environments and create stronger connections between schools and their communities.


  1. Collect tools and research around culturally and community responsive spaces.
  2. Gain a perspective to understand your own community in a deeper way through thought-provoking discussion.
  3. Gain access to a network of community-minded educational advocates.
  4. Challenge each other to boldly redefine the relationship between school and community.


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April 14, 11:00 am PDT
April 15, 5:00 pm PDT
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