Champions and Challenges


North Tower - 2nd Floor Pacific

  • Primary Core Competencies: Educational Visioning
  • AIA CEU: 1. 0 LU
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Assessment of the School Facility


Any time a school decides to embark on a renovation or new construction, there will be change – and change can be hard. Part of the process of change involves a vision at a project’s beginning. In this session, you will learn about change management, visioning, and how professional development and leadership is a key factor in facing the challenges of change. This session will examine a case study of Cherry Creek Schools in Colorado that is undergoing the monumental task of implementing staff development and physical space change and new furnishings across 52 elementary schools with four design teams over two summers.

Learning Objectives

OBJ #1  Gain an understanding of the theory of change management.

OBJ #2  Gain an understanding of the role of leadership during change.

OBJ #3  Learn about a process of site-based design engagement and concurrent staff development.

OBJ #4  Gain a practical understanding of how to introduce change across one district and 52 elementary schools.

Sarah Grobbel, Executive Director Career & Innovation, Cherry Creek School District

Alan Moore, Project Manager, Jacobs

Jackie Squires, Project Architect, Cuningham Group