Breaking out of the Silos

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We invite you to be an integral part of the Southern Region Conference by volunteering to share your knowledge, experience, lessons learned and tricks of the trade. This year's theme, Breaking out of the Silos, speaks directly to our opportunities to impact change and influence the world around us whether through educational planning, design, construction or operation - and everywhere in between!

Submissions will be ranked based on the following criteria:
  • AIA Credit – 2 points, HSW Credit – 5 points
  • Interactive Discussion with or Activity for Attendees – 5 points
  • Opportunity for application by attendee to future endeavor – 5 points
  • Topic’s direct impact on students and/or educators – 5 points
  • Presenter’s/Presenters’ recent speaking experience in A4LE – 1 point if SR speaker in last 3 years, 5 points if not SR speaker in last 3 years, 3 points if at least one speaker spoke in last 3 years and at least one did not.
The submissions with the highest average ranking will be selected for inclusion in the 2018 SR Conference agenda. If a selected submission is not available, the next highest ranking submission will be included until all slots have been filled. The first and second highest ranking submissions not selected will be notified as backups in the case of a cancellation between selections and the conference.


This year we are going to push the envelope of the regional conference and practice what we preach.  The conference will have two (2) options for presenters to submit.

1) Progressive Digital Learning Sessions
2) Traditional session style 1-hour each (breakouts)

The first is an exciting way for you as school administrators, architects and engineers to present your designs and success in a 3D model using Google Cardboard.  The presentation will be 10 minutes and will be repeated multiple times in a 90-minute session to various groups that will rotate between the presentations with their glasses. 

A4LE has worked with the Cunningham Group to provide an example of this format for you to use as a guide of what the expectation is of the visual aid.  Click here to view a sample: 

The presentations will represent a specific educational space (learning labs, gathering spaces, athletics, fine arts, etc.) and should cover the following items:
  • Program
  • Educational Impact
  • User Interface
  • Functionality of the Space
  • Special Features 
For those of you that have more data driven presentations, we will also have opportunities for traditional conference sessions. These sessions will be 60-minutes long and may cover a wide array of topics. 

Please note the sessions are to be educational in nature. Sales, product, or marketing presentations will not be accepted. Speakers will not be paid for their time and/or travel, and selection does not waive the conference registration fee.