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.
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.
The University of Michigan takes a fresh approach to their classrooms, implementing a strategy that includes engagement, collaboration and flexibility. A partnership with Steelcase education helped provide a variety of classroom set-ups and solutions to offer students a wide range of classroom experiences each incorporating collaborative tools and technology.