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Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Wonder and Awe: How Biophilic Design and Nature-Based Instruction Impact the Student Experience, Room 112

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Have you ever been moved to wonder and awe by studying a flower, listening to birdsong, or gazing out upon a sunset? If so, then you have experienced biophilia, our innate human affinity for nature. In this sensory immersive session you will learn how incorporating biophilic design strategies on your campus reduces student stress hormones, aids sleep and digestion, and improves attentiveness, concentration, and memory. We will share examples of seamlessly integrated nature-based instruction, and you will design an outdoor learning environment. Together we can improve the student experience for all learners by harnessing the power of nature.

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Anna Harrison

Director of Educational Planning, Aedis Architects
Anna Harrison is an educational planning and design professional who draws upon her 30 years of experience to empower school districts to discover and implement their long-range educational vision and mission. A veteran interior designer, community college instructor, and workshop... Read More →
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Hillary Freeman

Dean of Student Life, Grades 5-12, The Nueva School
Since joining Nueva in 2005 as a biology and chemistry teacher, Hillary has willingly taken leadership roles on a variety of programs and projects in the Middle and Upper Schools. Her current focus is on the Upper School as the director of internships, ninth-grade dean, and ninth-grade... Read More →
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John Diffenderfer

President, Aedis Architects
John is the president of Aedis Architects and has nearly 30 years of California school design experience. Formerly chairman of the AIA Silicon Valley Committee on the Environment and chair of the Green Schools Committee for the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, John has been... Read More →
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Vincent P. Lattanzio

Principal, Landscape Architect
Vincent Lattanzio brings over 35 years of experience as a project landscape architect and principal-in-charge of public institutional projects. His ability to design inspiring, LEED-certified, sustainable projects adds unique value to his role as project landscape architect. He works... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403