AiS Participant Handbook
This handbook is your reference guide for the Architects in Schools season. Here you will find important deadlines, requirements, resources and recommendations for your residency.
To stay on track, we recommend you use the following checklists for each portion of the AiS season:
AiS Curriculum Guide:
Residency Planning Resources:
- Residency Planning Form – submit before you begin your residency
- Team Questionnaire
- Planning a Residency
- Pre-Planned AiS Residency Examples
- Prerecorded AiS Lesson Videos
- Slideshow: Examples of Final Projects
- Expectation of Teachers
- Expectation of Design/Building Professionals
- Program Introduction, FAQs and Next Steps
- Tips for Team Teaching Online
- Integrating AiS with Required STEAM Standards Online or in the Classroom
- Integrating AiS with Next Generation Science Standards Online or in the Classroom
- Online and In-Classroom Teaching Tips for Design & Building Professionals
Before Your Residency
- Understand your role as a teacher, design & building professional or architecture student – We have several resources to prepare participants for the AiS program. If this is your first time participating, please read through the following resources to ensure a successful residency.
- Attend an orientation (November) – If you are new to AiS and cannot attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See orientation dates and details below.
- Complete a Team Questionnaire – If this is the first time working with your team, a Team Questionnaire will help you talk through classroom culture and how to prepare for a session.
- Determine residency goals – What do you want to achieve through this residency? What concepts should the students understand at the end of the residency? Use this outline to help you determine residency goals.
- Plan your residency (November – January) – Most teams schedule a time to meet up after the orientation to complete their residency plan.
- Submit your residency plan (by February) – Before your residency begins please submit a plan (one per team) along with session dates and times using this form. Send AFO staff any changes to your plan throughout the residency.
- TEACHERS ONLY: Email Image Release Form to parents – Before Session 1, email the Image Release Form to students’ parents/guardians.
- Prepare for Session 1 (after January) – Reference this checklist before each session to make sure the whole team is prepared and materials are gathered prior to the session.
All new AiS participants must attend a virtual orientation. If you are not able to attend a virtual orientation, please contact email@example.com.
- Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9:30-11am
- Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 4:30-6pm
Watch the Orientation Recordings:
Program Introduction, FAQs and Next Steps
Presented by Kim Knowles, AFO Associate Director – Architects in Schools, Candice Agahan, AFO Education Program Manager, and Sina Meier, Opsis Architecture
Tips for Team Teaching Online
Presented by Kristina Engstrom, Woodstock Elementary and Zach Suchara, Luma Lighting Design
Teacher Breakout: Integrating AiS with Required STEAM Standards Online or in the Classroom
Presented by Natalie Wolf, Kelly Creek Elementary, Allyson Oar, Scott|Edwards Architecture, and Garrett Runch, Gensler
Teacher Breakout: Integrating AiS with Next Generation Science Standards Online or in the Classroom
Presented by Sandy Hoppenrath, Bethany Elementary
Online and In-Classroom Tips for Design & Building Professionals
Presented by Mari Galati, Holy Redeemer School
During Your Residency
- Begin your residency (after January) – Start your sessions at the agreed upon time listed on the residency plan. Plan check-ins with your team between sessions to adjust time or activities as necessary. Use this checklist to make sure everyone is prepared before each session.
- Check in with AFO staff – Relay all questions, concerns or issues during your residency to Kim or Candice. We are here to help! If any of your session dates or times change, please notify Kim or Candice.
- TEACHERS ONLY: Watch for an email from AFO in the spring with directions to receive graduate credit for participating in AiS – This is optional. You must fulfill all the credit requirements by Friday, May 28, 2021.
- TEACHERS ONLY: Remind parents to submit Image Release Forms to AFO – Access the Image Release Form link here.
- Complete your residency (by end of April, if possible)
After Your Residency
- Submit documentation to AFO staff by May 15, 2021 – Please document your residency by asking students for photos or videos of their work. Submit photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. An alternative is for students to post their photos and videos on social meeting and tag AFO/AiS: #architectsinschools
- Share the AiS Virtual Exhibit link – More information about the virtual exhibit will be sent in the spring. Once the AiS Virtual Exhibit Link is available, share it with parents, family, colleagues and friends!
- TEACHERS ONLY: To receive graduate credit, submit all required documentation to AFO by Friday, May 28, 2021 – Register to receive graduate credit and submit all credit requirements to email@example.com.
- Be on the lookout in August for applications to participate next school year!
Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person exhibits for the 2020-21 AiS season.
Instead, we will be putting together a virtual exhibit showcasing the work completed by this year’s participants. See the 2019-20 AiS Virtual Exhibit for reference.
To participate in the virtual exhibit, please send photos and videos of student work to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2021.
Once the virtual exhibit is live, we will email all participants a link to share with students, parents, family, friends and colleagues!