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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
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