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:

Residency Process

For Teachers to Send to Parents:

  • Image Release Form
  • AiS Exhibit Invite – If you participate in the AFO sponsored in person exhibits, we will email you an exhibit invite that you can email to parents or print out and send home with students
  • AiS Virtual Exhibit link once it’s emailed to you in the spring

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Before Your Residency

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  1. 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.
  2. Attend an orientation (November) – If you are new to AiS and cannot attend, please contact sam@af-oregon.org. Past participants are encouraged to attend as well to receive updates on new resources. See orientation dates and details below.
  3. Attend trauma trainings (Winter-Spring) – Please plan to attend our free, ongoing trauma informed trainings if you are a volunteer, to prepare you to work with youth of all different backgrounds. The workshops are presented in a series and are intended to build upon each other. Teachers are also welcome to attend. All AiS participants will receive calendar invites to the workshops.
  4. Complete a Team Questionnaire – The Team Questionnaire will help you talk through classroom culture and how to prepare for a session.
  5. 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.
  6. Plan your residency (November – January) – Most teams schedule a time to meet up after the orientation to complete their residency plan. If you are teaching online or hybrid, read over these tips.
  7. 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.
  8. TEACHERS ONLY: Email Image Release Form to parents – Before Session 1, email the Image Release Form to students’ parents/guardians.
  9. TEACHERS ONLY: Have students complete a before residency assessment – Before Session 1, have students complete the Before Your Residency Student Self-Assessment.
  10. 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.

Teachers: We recommend all first-time participants (only including teachers who apply to partner with a design/building professional) attend a 1.5 hour live virtual orientation, designed to help you have the best experience with AiS. If you cannot attend one of the scheduled live orientations, a self-paced orientation course is available. Teachers will also have access to our free trauma trainings throughout the year in case you do not have access to such trainings through your school or district.

Design/Building Professional & College Student Volunteers: All first-time volunteers are required to attend a 1.5 hour virtual orientation. In addition, we require all volunteers, new and returning, to attend at least one of our ongoing trauma workshops throughout the year. The orientation and workshops will prepare you for working in the classroom and with students of all different backgrounds.

Orientation Dates: Please plan to attend one of the following virtual orientations if you are new to the program. If you are new and cannot attend either date, please please contact sam@af-oregon.org.

  • Saturday, November 4, 2023, 9:30-11am (11-11:30am – optional Q&A/work session)
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 4:30-6pm (6-6:30pm – optional Q&A/work session)

Trauma Workshop Dates: Please plan to attend our free, ongoing trauma informed trainings if you are a volunteer, to prepare you to work with youth of all different backgrounds. The workshops are presented in a series and are intended to build upon each other. Teachers are also welcome to attend. All AiS participants will receive calendar invites to the workshops.

  • February 2024 workshop date TBD
  • April 2024 workshop date TBD
  • June 2024 workshop date TBD

Watch orientation recordings:

Program Introduction, Residency Resources, FAQs and Next Steps
Presented by Kim Knowles, AFO Associate Director, Architects in Schools and Candice Agahan, AFO Education Program Manager

Tips for Team Residency Planning
Presented by Sina Meier, Opsis Architecture

Tips for Online Team Teaching
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, Allyson Oar, and Garrett Runch

Teacher Breakout: Integrating AiS with Next Generation Science Standards Online or in the Classroom
Presented by Sandy Hoppenrath

Online and In-Classroom Tips for Design & Building Professionals
Presented by Mari Galati, Holy Redeemer School

Watch trauma trainings with Dr. Renee Mitchell:
Access supplementary digital resources here

2023 Workshop:
Infuse Your Volunteerism with JOY, April 17, 2023

2022 Workshop Series:
Trauma Informed Practices & Social Emotional Learning, February 8, 2022

What Do I Do Now?: Trauma-Informed, SEL- Sensitive Strategies that Support Youth and Create Belonging, May 17, 2022

Go Within to Make the Biggest Difference: When I Heal, We Heal, You(th) Heal, December 6, 2022 

Submit your residency plan before you begin your residency

During Your Residency

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  1. 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.
  2. Check in with AFO staff – Relay all questions, concerns or issues during your residency to AFO staff. We are here to help! If any of your session dates or times change, please notify us.
  3. 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 24, 2024.
  4. TEACHERS ONLY: Remind parents to submit Image Release Forms to AFO – Access the Image Release Form link here.
  5. Attend trauma trainings (Winter-Spring) – Please plan to attend our free, ongoing trauma informed trainings if you are a volunteer, to prepare you to work with youth of all different backgrounds. The workshops are presented in a series and are intended to build upon each other. Teachers are also welcome to attend. All AiS participants will receive calendar invites to the workshops.
  6. Choose a student exhibition option and notify AFO staff – There are several ways your team can decide to exhibit the work created by students during their AiS residency, including the AFO sponsored in person or virtual exhibits, and/or a self-organized exhibit at the school. Watch for an email from AFO before spring break with exhibit details and specific instructions.
  7. Complete your residency (by end of April, if possible)

Connect with other AiS participants, ask questions, exchange ideas, seek advice, share successes!

After Your Residency

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  1. Participate in a student exhibition – There will be specific deadlines and requirements if you plan to participate in the AFO sponsored in person or virtual exhibits. Please refer to the email sent by AFO before spring break for more details.
  2. TEACHERS ONLY: Share information about student exhibitions with parents – If you are participating in the AFO sponsored in person exhibits, we will email you digital invites to send to parents. We will send you the link to the virtual exhibit in June. Please share it with parents, family, colleagues and friends!
  3. TEACHERS ONLY: Have students complete an after residency assessment – After you have completed all sessions, have students complete the After Your Residency Student Self-Assessment. Email the assessments to sam@af-oregon.org or mail them to AFO, Attn: Sam Majors, PO Box 40230, Portland, OR 97240.
  4. TEACHERS ONLY: To receive graduate credit, submit all required documentation to AFO by Friday, May 24, 2024 – Register to receive graduate credit and submit all credit requirements to sam@af-oregon.org.
  5. Be on the lookout in August for applications to participate next school year!

We are excited to be planning as many in-person exhibit opportunities as we can for the 2023-2024 season. If there is enough interest in your area (multiple schools participating), we will sponsor an in-person exhibit. In addition, we are continuing to offer our virtual exhibit option to showcase the work of this season’s participants. You may choose to participate in either exhibit option (in person or virtual) or you can participate in both!

In-Person Student Exhibit Options

We will be in touch to gauge interest in in-person exhibits and announce all in-person exhibit options in late winter.  If you prefer an in-person exhibit experience for your students that includes other schools, please feel free to let us know!  It helps us to know that there is enough interest to support an in-person event in your area.

For planning purposes, if you would like to participate in in-person exhibit opportunities, keep in mind that each class will be given a 2 foot by 8 foot space for display. Please also plan on how to store and transport projects.

Virtual Student Exhibit Option

If your team is not able to participate in or host an in person exhibit, we highly encourage you to participate in our virtual exhibit. See past virtual exhibits for reference:

To participate in the virtual exhibit, please submit an exhibit documentation form by May 11, 2024. More information will be posted here as we get further into 2024.

Once the virtual exhibit is live, we will email all participants a link to share with students, parents, family, friends and colleagues!

Questions?

Contact:
Kim Ruthardt Knowles
Associate Director, Architects in Schools
kim@af-oregon.org
503-317-7537

Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823

Sam Majors
Education Outreach Associate
sam@af-oregon.org
971-357-3178