Protecting the physical security and supporting the emotional well being of students in schools has become a national imperative. Successfully addressing these issues requires an interdisciplinary and evidence-based dialogue founded in the needs of students, and must include better school design.

Every decision—from daylighting  to acoustics—can help or hinder how safe and secure students, teachers, and staff feel in their school environment. School buildings are a necessary intervention point for districts, architects, builders, and product providers to address interrelated goals of improved security, health and wellbeing, comfort, and overall student performance.

Join the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District on October 28, 2022, for a symposium on safe and secure schools in Cypress, Texas. There, leading experts from school districts, public safety, mental health, and school design, construction, and operations will highlight ways safe and comfortable school environments positively impact the health, wellbeing, and academic achievement of students.

In addition, they will offer tools and strategies to design schools that perform better—while highlighting ways districts and designers can improve collaboration to advance these critical outcomes.  

Event Details
Friday, October 28, 2022
8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Richard E. Berry Center
Cypress Fairbanks ISD
8877 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433

Registration fees
  • CHPS Members - $225
  • Non CHPS Members - $350
  • Non CHPS Member Schools and Nonprofits - $300

Sessions, Speakers

Welcome and Introductions 
Craig Schiller
, CHPS Executive Director
Roy Sprague, COO Cypress Fairbanks ISD

Keynote: Student Health and Wellbeing
Dr. Kayce Solari Williams
 (Board President, American School Health Association)

Session 1: Design for Safe and Healthy Children
Patrick Davis
 (Perkins Eastman)

Lunch keynote: Biophilia and Safe Schools
Bill Browning
(Terrapin, Bright Green)
Jim Determan (Craig Gaulden Davis)

Session 2: Aligning Operations and Design Panel
Moderated by Ian Powell (PBK)

Closing session: Best Practices in High Performance Security Design as evidenced in CFISD 
Andy Simpson and Laura Carroll (IBI Group)

School Tour
McGown Elementary School, CFISD

(NOTE: Sessions, speakers subject to change.)




This event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, so thank you to PBK, IBI Group and Tarkett for stepping up. Sponsors benefit through exposure to our vast and growing network of districts and professionals dedicated to high performance schools, and we still have some spots available. Click here to view sponsor levels and benefits



Special thanks also go out to our partners for their efforts to support this event.