Education in the Schools – CALOur flagship program, the Cleworth Architectural Legacy, brings architecture into the classroom as a method of connecting Denver Public School students with their built environment.
CAL brings the built environment into Denver Public School classrooms
The Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project is Denver Architectural Foundation’s flagship program that introduces architecture into the classroom as a tool to help connect Denver Public School students with the built community. Using an engaging, active-learning approach helps students see first-hand how education applies to their everyday lives and future.
The Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project is preparing for the 2015-2016 academic year. Tim Thomas, program director, is working to secure commitments for new participants in the Denver Public Schools system. Tim is currently meeting with interested teachers and design professionals for prospective programs. New teacher inquiries remain strong and combined with those currently taking part, the CAL Project seeks to develop partnerships for 18 classrooms. As ever, the talents of local design professionals volunteering to assist is a critical aspect in this goal.
The DAF model provides training, resource materials and classroom assistance to each school. Training sessions will be held in January and early February of 2016. During the workshops, teachers spend the day working on sample activities & curriculum tailored to specific classroom needs of the participants. A two hour “working lunch” allows for the teachers and a partnered group of design experts to concentrate specifically on the logistics & unique learning goals for each teacher’s students.
The wide-ranging skills of design professionals are deeply prized and we eagerly welcome involvement from firms or individuals interested in working with school age children. A complimentary one year DAF membership is given to those who attend the training and take part in the bulk of the classroom sessions in appreciation for their services.
Design professionals (architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic artists, etc.) who wish to take part should contact Tim Thomas, CAL Project Program Manager, at 303-758-4001 or via e-mail (CAL@DenverArchitecture.org).
DAF also hosts an “end of year” reception to publicly thank all the participants and sponsors. This typically occurs just after Memorial Day each spring.
Please note: Teacher participation is predicated on DAF membership and individuals will need to arrange within their school for any classroom coverage on that date. Substitute teacher expenses and parking fees are NOT reimbursable from the Foundation. There is no charge for the actual workshop, however, and lunch will be provided.