Walking to the Bus

"There's no more important goal than achieving

EQUITY IN EDUCATION"

Issues in Education is recognized as the national thought leadership platform that provides a meaningful voice to leaders who are bringing innovative ideas to transform education. The program provides authentic and engaging conversations with leaders across the country on a wide range of topics. Access to these interviews is available in our Video Library. Everyone is encouraged to contact any of our speakers when a further conversation is beneficial.

We believe it’s time to display empathy and have in-depth conversations about the issues that impact learning for all students in order to achieve equity in education. Our schools must create environments that allow our students to thrive as learners, citizens and acquire the skills necessary to compete in today’s world economy. This we can achieve if we share our ideas and expertise.

Founded by Dennis Young, President & CEO of Ittner Cordogan Clark Group, IIE has grown to be the premier platform where leaders exchange their views and ideas. Dennis has over 40-years in education, having collaborated with communities and educational leaders to plan and design schools for all grade levels. Dennis has received numerous awards for his work and recently chaired an in-depth discussion on NSBA’s DIRE Initiative, Dismantling Institutional Racism in Education.

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OUR INTERVIEW TEAM

The members of our interview team create outstanding conversations with our Thought Leaders as a result of their diverse backgrounds. Our team rotates throughout the year to continuously introduce new interviewers.

Alexis Flowers

As a minority woman, my life journey took me through the Gary Public School District in Gary, Indiana. There I experienced hurdles that I had to address and was able to excel in my studies Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Ball State University, Indiana. My Master's thesis at Ball State University in Indiana focused on adaptive reuse, wayfinding, and innovative materials in urban corridors. At Cordogan Clark Ittner, I am currently assisting on educational architecture projects including the East Aurora High School Expansion; Hinsdale Middle School; and College of DuPage task work. I am proud to share that I am actively involved in NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects.

As a minority woman my life journey took be through the Gary Public School District in Gary, Indiana. There I experienced hurdles that I had to address and was able to excel in my studies Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Ball State University, Indiana. My Master's thesis at Ball State University in Indiana focused on adaptive re-use, wayfinding, and innovative materials in urban corridors. At Cordogan Clark & Associates, I am currently assisting on educational architecture projects including the East Aurora High School Expansion; Hinsdale Middle School; and College of DuPage task work. I am proud to share that I am actively involved in NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Alexis Flowers

Viral Shah

As a parent of a middle schooler and as a first-generation in The United States of America, I was very nervous when I had to send my son to the school for the first time. When he was ready to start elementary school, I was more nervous than he was. If the school district we are in, was not focused on equality for everyone, then it would have been very difficult for us to be at ease while sending him to school. Hence, I personally understand how important it is for the parents and school for the district to be mindful of equality for everyone. So, I will not be just an architect on the project, but I will work on the project as an end-user as well as since I have firsthand experience and I can relate to the parent’s and student’s needs more closely. 

As a minority woman my life journey took be through the Gary Public School District in Gary, Indiana. There I experienced hurdles that I had to address and was able to excel in my studies Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Ball State University, Indiana. My Master's thesis at Ball State University in Indiana focused on adaptive re-use, wayfinding, and innovative materials in urban corridors. At Cordogan Clark & Associates, I am currently assisting on educational architecture projects including the East Aurora High School Expansion; Hinsdale Middle School; and College of DuPage task work. I am proud to share that I am actively involved in NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Alexis Flowers

Alex Lopez

As an immigrant kid born in Mexico City, when my family first came to this country, I was 11 years old. I didn’t speak any English, but I am a product of Des Plaines school district 62 schools where an immersive, caring environment helped and encouraged me to continue my love of learning. I graduated from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I am a LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate at Cordogan Clark Ittner. To this day I am thankful for my life journey. I am now an experienced architect that specialized in K-12 public education. My background and life experiences has provided me with a better understanding of the emotional health and learning environments as we plan for the Future Ready School.

As a minority woman my life journey took be through the Gary Public School District in Gary, Indiana. There I experienced hurdles that I had to address and was able to excel in my studies Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Ball State University, Indiana. My Master's thesis at Ball State University in Indiana focused on adaptive re-use, wayfinding, and innovative materials in urban corridors. At Cordogan Clark & Associates, I am currently assisting on educational architecture projects including the East Aurora High School Expansion; Hinsdale Middle School; and College of DuPage task work. I am proud to share that I am actively involved in NOMA, the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Alexis Flowers

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