Our Evolution of Alternative Learning and Strategic Partnerships as Told by Douglas County School District

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU

Douglas County School District has been adapting and redefining their approach to alternative learning including alternative high school programming, facilities and postsecondary readiness/career and technical educational pathways. Danny Winsor, Assistant Superintendent at DCSD, will talk about their current CTE and Alt Ed programs and projects. Topics include:

  • How CTE programs and the narrative around those programs are developing and evolving, specifically within this district.
  • DCSD's approach to strategic partnerships, (what worked and what didn’t), and a deeper dive into the successful higher ed partnerships they have created and how that synergy works within the facilities.
  • How one project moved from new construction to adaptive reuse and the benefits of being flexible.
Danny Winsor
Danny Winsor
Assistant Superintendent, Douglas County School District 

Danny serves as the Assistant Superintendent and oversees many DCSD departments including School Leadership, Pathways/Postsecondary Readiness, Choice Programming, Student Assistance, and Activities and Athletics. Prior to his current role, Danny has served as DCSD Executive Director of Schools, Director of Choice Programming, high school and middle school principal, assistant principal, school counselor, teacher, and coach. He is a proud DCSD parent and resident, and a Colorado native.

Jackie Squires, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Jackie Squires, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Associate Principal, Cuningham

Jackie is an Associate Principal and Project Manager at Cuningham. She has over 10+ years of education experience, assisting districts and schools with projects ranging from master planning to renovations to new buildings / additions.  Jackie currently serves as the Past President for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of A4LE. Jackie has worked with Douglas County School District on CTE and Alternative Educational projects on and off for the last 5+ years.

Paul Hutton, FAIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C
Paul Hutton, FAIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Regenerative Design, Cuningham

Paul is a Principal and Director of Regenerative Design at Cuningham, with approximately 45 years of experience. His career has largely focused on innovative educational projects and sustainability. He has partnered with the Douglas County School District for more than 20 years.

Track: Response

This track addresses the Response to real-world events and experiences that impact our daily life and our ability to function normally and be productive. The response to these occurrences is reflected in the learning environments we create and leads to the question – how can schools respond to real-world crises in a way that supports the well-being of occupants and our students' learning journey? How do we respond with approaches and strategies that may be used to balance the inability and lack of needed financial resources to address deficiencies within our learning environments’ infrastructure? Topics expand on the Art approach to the theme, but also include Science in the form of findings and outcomes through case studies and examples of successful responses to real-world conditions and events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, declining student enrollment, economics, equity, and other topics.

Primary Core Competency
Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

LearningSCAPES 2023

October 12-15 | Hilton Chicago

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