Get Involved In Classroom Design: A Grant to Upgrade Your Classroom


Have you ever been frustrated by the largely immobile set-up of a typical classroom? Here’s an opportunity: if you teach grades 8–12 or at an institution of higher education, Steelcase – a company that sells products and services for corporate offices, classrooms, and healthcare settings – is offering some substantial grants for you to redesign your classroom into an “active learning center.” Have you ever participated in classroom redesign?

7 discoveries from an active learning classroom

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There is a fair amount of research into the impact of classroom design on student learning. Spaces flooded with natural light that allow for a variety of learning methods and activities, and spaces that let students feel a sense of ownership over the classroom, demonstrably affect how well students learn. Four years ago, I became an inaugural recipient of a Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant.

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Can a simple classroom redesign inspire student achievement?

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Imagine a 5 th grade classroom in the middle of a lesson. This has been the traditional classroom for decades. Any generation could walk into a room and immediately identify it as a classroom. Rolling chairs are an essential part of Steelcase Active Learning centers. This is my active learning center, no longer the traditional classroom we remember. Next page: How this classroom redesign success goes beyond test scores).

How Furniture and Flexible Seating Is Turning Classroom Design Into a Fad


Modern classroom design is sitting on this precipice. What then happens is instead of designing classrooms that positively impact students, we are decorating classrooms, celebrating the new, and then moving on to the next shiny thing. Pinterest-pretty classrooms bring instant gratification, but little else. How can we reclaim this important necessary work and make school and classroom design impactful in all schools? Education eats good ideas.

New grant will provide active learning spaces to schools

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Steelcase Education grant leverages classroom space to implement new teaching practices. Steelcase Education on Dec. The ALC grant program leverages classroom space to implement new teaching practices, centering on student focus and collaboration. Up to 15 grant recipients will have the opportunity to install one of four learning environments featuring Steelcase Education’s state-of-the-art furniture and technology.

In the marketplace: Funding for active learning, a helping hand for innovative programs, and an interactive book program

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Steelcase Education launched the third annual Active Learning Center Grant cycle, a program that provides modern and flexible classroom redesigns to schools across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The new classrooms will be awarded to innovative schools who show a commitment to fostering student engagement, creativity and success. have joined, making it the most used communication app in K-8 classrooms.

Research-Influenced Learning Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

“ We need to move away from classroom design that is “Pinterest pretty” and use research/design thinking to guide the wor k.” – Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray When Tom Murray and I set out to write Learning Transformed our goal was to connect as much research as possible to our ideas and statements as well as the amazing work taking place in schools, known in the book as Innovative Practices in Action (IPA’s). Designing classrooms to maximize student achievement. Steelcase Education.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company


Last fall I started my first day on the job as an embedded faculty member with a corporation—as a scholar-in-residence at Steelcase Education. Actually intern is probably the best lens through which to look at what I’ve been doing at Steelcase for the last eight months. One such practice I saw at Steelcase was remote work. When I first started at Steelcase, I wasn’t sure how the whole “showing up to work” thing was supposed to work.