Old norms are giving way to a deeper, broader and more individualized perspective on what student success is and how to achieve it. Many educators are rethinking their teaching methods, curricula, support services and technologies, all with the aim of developing a more relevant and strategic approach. The Active Learning Center Grant from Steelcase Education aims to help educators create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet these evolving needs.
Steelcase Education awarded Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan one of its Active Learning Center Grants to help support its new STEM Academy. The new classroom gives teachers flexibility to move quickly from lecture space to discussion space. See how it transformed the classroom.
With more than 850 students, 30 percent of whom are below grade-level, Saluda Trail Middle School in South Carolina had a culture of project–based learning. The problem was the classrooms didn’t support the teaching methods. After Steelcase Education awarded the school an Active Learning Center Grant, the school saw higher student engagement levels and increasing test scores.
Steelcase Education awarded the University of Arizona in Tucson one of its 2015 Active Learning Center Grants. See how the school has used their new classroom to help students learn to collaborate, think critically and prepare them for the demands of today’s workforce.
Richland visited Steelcase to explore possibilities in innovative classroom design. After visiting and seeing LearnLab firsthand, Richland leaders became convinced that this research-based concept for integrating furniture and technology into the classroom space could be an important tool in furthering progressive learning strategies.
Educators and administrators at UMG understood they needed to make changes to their classrooms and develop a new classroom paradigm where technology and the physical space are integrated to support pedagogy and create a more active and engaging experience for instructors and students.
The LearnLab was the first of the two spaces to be created and it helped pave the way for the AHA! space, but it faced an initial challenge: UF’s need — as at all institutions of higher education — to hold down the amount of real estate allocated per student.