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Furniture maker offering classroom grants

December 24, 2018
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Furniture maker offers grants for 'active-learning' classrooms
The Verb Classroom "active learning" design focuses on the importance of movement in learning. Courtesy Steelcase

The education group of a local furniture manufacturer is looking for grant applicants.

Steelcase Education, a dedicated group within Steelcase, earlier this month opened the application period for its fifth annual Active Learning Center Grant.

The group is seeking applications from “innovative educators and educational institutions looking to implement and expand active learning initiatives,” which require “engaging students with hands-on group work, discussion, synthesis and analysis,” according to Steelcase.

The company will award up to 16 grants to select K-12 schools, colleges or universities, providing one active learning classroom, including furniture, design review, installation, onsite training and pre- and post-occupancy measurement tools.

“Many learning institutions try to shift from passive to active learning by changing their pedagogies and technologies and often lack the physical spaces that encourage movement, collaboration and various learning modes,” said Madelyn Hankins, Steelcase Education general manager.

“By connecting space, pedagogy and technology in an active learning classroom, schools can create active learning environments that increase student learning, innovation, creativity, and ultimately enhance student success.”

Application details

Grant recipients choose from four types of classrooms designed for up to 30 students, valued at $67,000.

Eligible classrooms must be located in the U.S. or its territories, Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico.

Grant recipients must agree to provide sufficient dedicated space, participate in Steelcase Education onsite training, and conduct and share research related to the Active Learning Center over a two-year period.

Applicants can apply for the grant online until Feb. 1. Recipients will be announced March 22.

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