Founder of Issues in Education
President & CEO, Ittner Architects,
Issues in Education is a national thought leadership platform that provides a meaningful voice to the leaders who are bringing innovative ideas that are transforming education.
Founder Dennis Young is dedicated to equity in education. Dennis also serves as President and CEO of Ittner Architects, a member of the Cordogan Clark Group, and has been designing educational facilities for over 40 years.
Dennis takes the knowledge he gains from the discussions with national thought leaders and applies that knowledge in creating future-ready schools that achieve 'equity in education' and are tailored to each district and the community it serves.
Dennis and his team are supportive of the DIRE Initiative and are proud to be designated by NSBA as the Champion of this year's 2020 CUBE Annual Conference.
Dennis Young had an in-depth conversation with Charlie Wilson and Frank Henderson of NSBA, to discuss 'Equity in Education.'
Charlie Wilson, NSBA President
Frank Henderson, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer
NSBA'S DIRE INITIATIVE HIGHLIGHTS
EQUITY IN EDUCATION, DESIGNING FUTURE-READY SCHOOLS
Issues in Education is founded by Ittner-Cordogan Clark. The following award-winning educational facilities were designed by Ittner-Cordogan Clark using the knowledge gained through Issues in Education:
JOHN C. DUNHAM STEM PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL
"Achieving Educational Equity through a STEM Partnership"
This innovative learning facility, which serves third- through eighth-grade students from three regional public school districts, is designed to address regional and national deficiencies in science, technology, engineering, and math education.
The multi-generational STEM Partnership School includes eight classrooms, six laboratories, a STEM Forum, a multi-purpose room, a greenhouse, and a rooftop garden. In the classrooms, students work at tables that are on wheels so that they can be arranged into a variety of configurations to support different learning experiences.
EAST ST. LOUIS HIGH SCHOOL
"School as a Way Forward"
The East St. Louis High School redesign is a remarkable transformation of an aging school building that repositions it for the 21st Century.
The extensive renovation and large additions for East St. Louis High School confirm equity and create a community of learning in a long under-served inner-city school district. Our 10-year relationship with the district established our dialogue with diverse and often untapped voices, ensuring the building renovations represented the entire community.
FT. ZUMWALT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
"Spaces for Diverse Learners"
A commercial building was purchased due to its central location in the fast-growing district and was converted to serve as the early childhood center.
Indoor Play: Discovery and play are important parts of the school. Play areas were designed to represent either classrooms or homes, where students can learn social skills as they use these spaces to pretend.
Classrooms: Restrooms were added in this commercial building and shared between every two classrooms.
EAST AURORA FRESHMAN CENTER
The Freshman Center addition provides an atmosphere conducive to maximum learning while softening the transition from middle school to high school.
This 1,000-student Freshman Center helps ensure the successful transition of ninth grade students from middle school to the high school. It integrates freshmen on the high school campus while giving them their own place. Four academic "neighborhoods" provide learning environments customized for ninth-grade students. The Center supports team teaching, with general classrooms, science labs, art rooms, student rest rooms, individual learning areas, and learning resource rooms all easily accessible.