Project Description

This session includes multiple presentations. Timestamps are indicated in parentheses so you can forward to the presentation you want to view.

Reimagining the Early Learning Landscape through How-To Attitudes and Low-Risk Creative Engagements (00:00)

Presented by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Join the Arts-Based Collaborative and the Challenger STEM Learning Center from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in a session that will inspire creativity and build community in a virtual modality. As we share creative strategies with participants, we will also explore stories highlighting resilience in the face of high-stakes uncertainty. This session will guide participants through creative strategies used in the context of virtual arts integration residencies that on their own can strengthen your creative muscles. These strategies would not have been discovered without embracing a How-To mindset during the pandemic. Individuals navigating collaborative partnerships and creativity in a virtual context would greatly benefit from this session due to the stories and strategies that will be shared.

Walk Audit: Community Learning, Shared Stories, and Pedestrian Advocacy (26:00)

Presented by Temple University

I will review Temple University Office of Sustainability’s new Walk Audit Certification program done in collaboration with local nonprofit, Clean Air Council, and their pedestrian advocacy arm, Feet First Philly.

The presentation will highlight a unique programming model—combining virtual training sessions, socially distanced data collection and field research, and community organizing and civic engagement frameworks. This Walk Audit certification program is a unique alignment of Temple University’s Urban Mission, Climate Action Plan goals and community outreach and advocacy efforts related to key urban transportation and sustainability policy issues: traffic violence, transit equity and climate resilient urban planning.

Students from diverse majors and disciplines collaborated to perform walk audits—a holistic evaluation of the pedestrian experience—as a four person team, and then developed an action and organizing plan to address the challenges they discovered.

A best practice overview will drill down on how walk audits set students up for future climate justice leadership opportunities with the Office of Sustainability and other partners from around the city, modeling behavior and culture change and challenging themselves and their peers to be a better neighbors and more engaged citizens of the city.