The Power of Passion, Purpose and Perspective: The Story of Anaheim City Elementary vs. Disney



  • Primary Core Competencies: Ethics / Professionalism
  • AIA CEU: 1. 0 LU
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Community Engagement


In the 1990’s the Anaheim City School District faced unprecedented challenges. They had grown from 7000 students to over 21,000 and hadn’t built any new schools. A complex storm of political and regulatory issues had prohibited the normal solutions. This workshop covers the reformation journey of this urban school district. This is a story of change: governmental, political, physical, instructional, business, and community change told through case studies by the personnel who made it happen. (Tours of some of the studied site will be available during conference tours.)

Learning Objectives

OBJ #1  Workshop participants will experience the journey of AESD’s historical transformation through valiant efforts of persuasion and perseverance by sticking to a code of ethics

OBJ #2  Participants will have a chance to learn how to re-envision site design and building transformation can positively impact a student’s ability to learn and fell safe in their surroundings

OBJ #3  Participants will learn that no crisis is ever over until all options have been explored and you work towards the YES – learn to ask the right questions

OBJ #4  Participants will have the chance to connect the WHY with the HOW and WHAT through case study and story form and then experience the transformation through site visits

Lynn Merrick, Owner,

Lettie Boggs, CEO, Colbi Technologies