October 30, 2018

SLAM Associate Principal Earns ALEP Designation

The S/L/A/M Collaborative is pleased to announce that Amy Mund Christmas, has recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). Amy joins only two other Connecticut-based planners who have earned this ALEP designation, and approximately 200 worldwide. This accomplishment reflects her knowledge, skills and abilities as an experienced educational facility planner. The ALEP credential is designed to elevate a practitioner’s professional standards and identify those in the industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of academic environment planning.

“We are excited to expand our teams’ expertise and ability to assist our existing and future clients in building innovative educational environments vital to student learning and teacher performance,” says Glenn Gollenberg, principal, SLAM. “Amy’s achievement represents the highest qualification as an academic planner.”

A resident of Marlborough, CT, Amy has been with SLAM for 22 years and will apply the ALEP standards to the firm’s Public, Independent and Higher Education work. The year-long coursework focused on how all students learn and provided tools on designing the physical environments that respond specifically to new and innovative methods of teaching and various learning styles. Together, with understanding how the environments should enhance learning, certified planners develop a highly interactive planning process with a school district that starts during visioning for a building update or new school and lasts through construction.

She has presented at AIA National, A4LE, ACUI, SCUP, and IFMA conferences and has earned the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Planning Institute Certification. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. A4LE embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality.

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