Educational Facility Teams Flock to Experience Innovation Onsite as EDspaces Exhibitors Donate State-of-the-Art Products to Local Schools


(Milwaukee, WI) — Major stakeholders including decision-makers from schools, colleges, and universities are gathering at EDspaces 2019 to collaborate on building the best learning environments. Expert teams who design, build, manage or renovate educational facilities will attend EDspaces 2019, October 23-25 in Milwaukee, WI, as a city-wide event. Attendees will dive deeply into current challenges and work to transform education giving all students the chance to succeed through a variety of educational offerings including plenary sessions, interactive classroom designs, and tours.

Exhibitors will provide next-generation products to outfit classrooms of the future and benefit local schools. At each EDspaces, exhibitors donate thousands of pounds and a wide variety of classroom items. Donated goods will be collected by representatives from the Brown Deer School District and distributed to schools in Milwaukee.

“For 24 years, EDspaces exhibitors have contributed truckloads of innovative classroom items to local communities. This year it will be one of the largest due to major growth in the past four years of the event. We’re looking forward to an even greater contribution in 2020, when we take EDspaces to Charlotte, North Carolina,” says Jim McGarry, EDmarket President and CEO.

Participating exhibitors donate items to ensure local schools are outfitted with brand new products including furniture, seating, desks, USB embedded furniture, and more, giving the donated product(s) from their booths, interactive classrooms, and displays at the conference’s conclusion.

EDspaces learning environments serve as vehicles for classroom experimentation, with sessions taking place in classrooms designed by top architects, designers, and space planners. This provides attendees first-hand experience of modern pedagogical approaches in planning, design, and products and are a unique extension of learning for participants. It is the only event featuring six innovative classroom designs, inspiring attendees and exemplifying the future of educational facilities. Each is developed to accommodate a wide variety of presentations, demonstrating learning areas for students of various ages, as well as a comfortable space for adult learners.

Other program elements include a pre-conference Learning Lab, STEM Innovation Tour on Tuesday kicks off the event. The lab will explore how school districts of diverse backgrounds promote STEM and STEAM learner-centered education in spaces where students experiment, make, hack, and learn as they transform ideas into products and solutions.

Visionary keynoter Tony Wagner, a globally-recognized voice in education and author of Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era will present at the plenary session. He will discuss why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill, and one that can ensure this generation’s economic future.

Expeditionary learning occurs on three distinct tours, two focused on the K-12 environment and one showcasing higher education spaces, with educationally-rich site visits featuring sustainability, creative design, and innovative interiors. Local sites will also include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences and the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC), as well as Brown Deer Middle/High School, Franklin High School, and more. Every tour includes an educational component in a variety of learning environments, and each qualifies for AIA LU/HSW credit.

EDspaces is the conference advancing the conversation about the future of learning environments. It is where innovations are unveiled and collaborations form, bringing together education’s creative change agents who plan, design and manage innovative learning environments. Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers and exhibitors engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of the learning environment. This growing event was honored in Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 for three categories in 2017.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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