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Ensure Safe and Clean Learning Spaces This Fall

  By Eileen Roybal Maintaining a safe and clean learning environment is more important now than ever before. For so long, the trend in education was collaborative, hands-on learning. Now, to keep students and staff safe, learning spaces will simply have to look differently. Hopefully, for the sake of encouraging biophilia – the idea that

How to Incorporate Modular, Reconfigurable Design Elements into Education Spaces

  By John Stein In the COVID-19 world, the necessity for educational facilities to prioritize student wellness is more relevant than ever, as good design has become a literal health issue—where strategic square footage, hygienic surfaces and materials, and proper social distancing solutions are fundamentally important to ensure learners (and their educators) remain in good

Social Distancing Solutions Through Classroom Furnishings

  By Jane Shepherd It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about enormous changes to the everyday lives of people across the globe. When it comes to the education system, classrooms, hallways, extracurriculars and even buses will be modified with social distancing and cleanliness regulations in place to ensure that people stay as

Helping Kids Grow with Study Skills

  By Denise Rice It is no secret that the key to student success is like a puzzle. Many pieces must fit together for optimal success. Students must have a desire and drive to succeed. It’s helpful when parents walk alongside both the school and the student providing help and support as needed. And the

The Importance of Vocabulary

  By Joe Oswald Without a strong vocabulary, a person’s educational and employment opportunities are limited, especially in today’s fast-paced, competitive, and global society. With study after study showing the correlation between an extensive vocabulary and higher socio-economic status, the need for a strong vocabulary has never been more important. A March 11, 2010, article

Successful Traits to Achieve a Positive Culture of Assessment  

  By Trenton Goble Changing our perspective on assessments can take them from a time-consuming necessity to a useful resource to provide pathways to a better future in academia. Scary evaluations are a thing of the past. In a school atmosphere where evaluations are seen as roadmaps for successful learning, teachers and students both win.

Choosing Furniture for a Classroom

  As the nature of 21st century continues to evolve and change, schools have begun to move away from the traditional classroom and are embracing more modern spaces that support new and innovative ways of learning. Because the physical classroom environment has become an extension of the teacher, choosing classroom furniture is a critical component

Creating a Coherent Curriculum

  By Steven Weber Every school needs a coherent curriculum. It’s the role of an instructional leader to develop that curriculum. Teachers and administrators can begin to lose sight of that when they focus on local and statewide initiatives, which can easily consume every minute of the day. Beane wrote, “coherent curriculum is one that

Whiteboards: Know Your Surfaces

  Choosing the best writing surface for your school or classroom can feel overwhelming. It’s a decision that requires both significant investment and consideration, because the surface used can either enhance or detract from the education experience for teachers and students alike. That’s why it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each surface

How Furniture Can Overcome Hurdles to Learning Engagement

As the workforce demands more agile, innovative employees, the skills required from future job seekers are not the same as they once were. Passive learning and industrial education systems are outmoded – they simply won’t facilitate the same level of thinking required for students to succeed in the future. Instead, students today are encouraged to

Adopting a School Uniform Policy

As a school administrator, you already know that many schools, both private and public, have adopted uniform programs. If your school is not among them, there are plenty of solid reasons why you should consider mandating a uniform for your school. While the idea may not sound exciting at first, many parents and even students

Phonics: The Key Ingredients for Success

By Wiley Blevins Active. Engaging. Thought-Provoking. What do these words describe? The type of phonics instruction that maximizes the instructional impact of our teaching and increases student learning. Phonics involves learning the relationship between sounds and letters. Approximately 84, of the words in English, can be sounded out using the basic phonics skills commonly taught

Essential Questions for Selecting the Right Digital Content Providers

Trying to figure out which digital content providers are right for your school is difficult. Though the digital content market is still in its nascent stages, it is already diverse and complex enough to overwhelm many teachers or school leaders who are trying to decide which products to choose. Faced with the prospect of selecting

The Advantage of Upgrading to Interactive Whiteboards

Is your whiteboard obsolete? The whiteboard has been a staple of the academic environment for decades. Its precursor, the venerable chalkboard, has been a fixture in everywhere from K-12 classrooms to university lecture halls for at least two centuries. Just as the whiteboard’s advantages – ease of manufacture, dust-free use, and lower long-term costs –

How Does a Classroom Design Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn?

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of a learning environment. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation

Choosing the Best Sit/Stand Desks

In the last few years, standing desks have gone from being a novelty to a ubiquitous presence in offices worldwide. For adults, standing desks are the fastest-growing wellness benefit offered by employers. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 44% of US employers now provide standing desks as a way to improve workers health

The Push for Using Tablets in the Classroom

By Julie Wenckowski Deliberation about incorporating tablets into the classroom is prevalent. The drive for this change is much closer than we think. As a parent, teacher or administrator, the benefits are clear. Reasons Why We Need Tablets in the Classroom Schools spend $7 billion on textbooks around the country, and most of the books

How School Uniforms Enhance the Student Experience

By Kim Rice Private schools continue to maintain their preference for uniforms over individual dress. This may be due to evidence that school uniforms lead to a happier, healthier school environment where learning is students’ main priority. Improved Academic Performance Even the most casual school uniforms tend to look more modest and professional than the

How to Know When Your Technology Is Outdated

A recent article outlined the importance of making sure that classroom technology continues to get used rather than sit in the corner. Unused education technology, the author stresses, can be chalked up to poor implementation. There is no question that a poorly executed implementation of a new product can lead to technology going unused. But

What Are the Attributes of High-Quality Curriculum?

By Angela Di Michele Lalor As part of The Unique Animal Kingdom, students explore the question, are all animals the same? During the unit, students develop the understanding that while all animals share common characteristics, each has unique features that set them apart from other animals. Each student chooses an animal that can be found

Improving Intelligibility in the Classroom

By Andrew Glasmacher The quest for clear intelligibility in public speaking environments has been around for thousands of years. Modern technology has allowed us to create public-address systems that can cover thousands of arenas, stadiums, even Times Square. Audio engineers spend years learning to tune their systems to provide the best possible intelligibility with a

Choosing the Best Presentation Display for Your Classroom

By Jason Meyer A classroom’s presentation display is often the centerpiece of the room and of instruction. So when it comes to choosing the best display technology, schools should think carefully about what they want to accomplish with the technology, and then choose the best product to fit their needs and their budgets. For example,

Pairing Technologies with Your Interactive Whiteboard

How can an educator make an interactive whiteboard even more effective? By pairing it with other classroom technologies and tools! Interactive whiteboards offer a great deal of flexibility with the types of technologies and web-based tools you can pair them with, heightening learning and collaboration. Many educators incorporate iPads and tablets into their lessons, and

Improving Ergonomic Problems for Students

Comfort is important for students of all ages, as deep learning requires concentration and attention. When students are distracted by their pain, they’re far more likely to get frustrated with the task at hand and give up. This could potentially cause disruptions that further distract other students in the classroom. That makes ergonomics in the

How Classroom Design Affects Teaching and Learning

By Cindy Eggebrecht The way the furniture in a classroom is designed and configured can have a significant effect on how students learn, research suggests—and if you want students to engage in more active learning by working together to solve problems collaboratively, you can actually encourage those behaviors with how you arrange the desks and

How to Positively Impact Student Learning with Design

When you think about the ingredients for academic success, some of the obvious ones likely spring to mind, like curriculum, teaching style, and individual discipline. While these all play a role, the physical setup of the classroom can be just as important. According to a report from Partnership for the 21 Century Learning (P21), the

Technology Tools Are Transforming Special Education

By Nickey Pietila From custom-designed solutions to common devices, technology empowers students in special education to reach new heights. Some of the most impactful applications of technology in special education are tailored to specific needs, but ordinary, everyday tech tools also hold great potential. Let’s see how technology, both custom built and commonplace, can be