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Calling All Innovative Educators + Educational Institutions

Steelcase Education seeks partners in active learning who are ready to use their physical classroom space to advance learning in new and important ways.

We have a passion for understanding how learning takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

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Steelcase Education received an overwhelming response to the 2017 Active Learning Center Grant program.

Thank you to all schools that applied and demonstrated a commitment to active learning.

The following schools, colleges and universities have been selected as the 2017 Active Learning Center Grant recipients. Congratulations!

Previous year recipients

2017 Recipients



Appalachian State University: Boone, NC Storr Office Environments
Baylor School: Chattanooga, TN workspace interiors
Cal Poly Pomona: Pomona, CA bkm Office Environments
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Prescott, AZ Empire Office
Mount Desert Island High School: Bar Harbor, ME Red Thread
Nebraska Methodist College: Omaha, NE Sheppard’s Business Interiors
Ni River Middle School: Spotsylvania, VA Creative Office Environments
North Seattle College: Seattle, WA OpenSquare
Park Center International Baccalaureate World School: Brooklyn Park, MN General Office Products
Richard Henry Dana Middle School: Hawthorne, CA Tangram Interiors
The Claremont Colleges Library: Claremont, CA Tangram Interiors
The High School at Vancouver Island University: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Graphic Office Interiors Ltd.
Toms River High School North: Toms River, NJ dancker
University of Massachusetts Boston: Boston, MA Red Thread
University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame, IN Business Furnishings


Award Details + Eligibility

Award Details + Eligibility

In the 2017 Cycle 3 grant period, each Active Learning Center Grant covers the cost of furniture, design, installation, onsite training and pre- and post-occupancy measurement tool for one of four classroom types designed for up to 30 students.

Eligible academic institutions are ones that focus primarily on formal, instructor-led learning in a designated classroom in the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico, serving grades 6 – 12 or within a college or university.

Grants are valued at $65,000, plus all of the innovation and inspiration born of active learning.

Classroom Options

Active Learning Classroom 1

Students and instructors need convenient sightlines
to digital and analog content, as well as to each
person in the room for optimal conversation and
collaboration. These tiered, “stadium” style seating
and tables adjust with ease to create a clear view
through multiple configurations.

Active Learning Classroom 2

Hands-on activities and less-formal conversations
can spark new thinking and understanding. This
varied, mobile setting makes it easy to get
together, share and try something new.

Active Learning Classroom 3

Collaboration. Listening. Independent reading.
Hands-on making. This classroom has it all – and
invites engagement with clear zones to support
different activities that may happen

Active Learning Classroom 4

Where will learning take the classroom?
With smart tech support and extreme
mobility, this space delivers a dramatic range
of options to suit different learning
styles and teaching methods.

2016 Active Learning Transformations

University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas was a recipient of the 2016 Active Learning Center Grant. See how the University reimagined a space within their existing library to encourage active learning and collaboration while further connecting their students, faculty and community.

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Boyce Middle School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was a recipient of the 2016 Active Learning Center Grant. See how this school propelled their STEAM program and motivated students through the use of mobile, adaptable furniture and space design.

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