GREENVILLE, Wis.,  April 10, 2020 — In a move that supports evolving trends in K-12 education, School Specialty ® announces an evolution of Projects By Design®, a unique design service that helps educators of students, aged Pre-K through 12th grade, create modern learning environments that facilitate rich, 21st-century teaching and learning.

School Specialty, a pioneer of innovative products for the education market, has led thousands of installations using the Projects By Design model, continually refining and reflecting on how classrooms are designed. From its work in this area, School Specialty has determined there are “Six Essential Elements” of future-ready learning environments: choice, comfort, versatility, connection, stimulation, and technology. As schools look to create modern environments that effectively support active and engaging learning strategies, School Specialty designers are available to ensure that all six elements are taken into consideration for the best reconfiguration.

“Projects by Design can create immediate solutions for educators who are eager to refresh their classrooms and engage their students,” says Cindy Weinschreider, Director of Marketing for School Specialty Inc. and a contributor to the Projects By Design model. “We are hosting conversations with educators every day and employing our expertise to prepare teachers and their classrooms for students to return to normalcy – with even more engaging and dynamic environments.”

Working within each client’s budget, Projects By Design helps classroom planners choose modern furnishings and materials that will bring designs to life. A project management team personally oversees all arrangements to ensure a flawless installation, from on-time delivery through final spotless cleanup. “Not only did their design and learning environment expertise create a gorgeous and functional space, but their Projects by Design process made every decision so easy. They provided preliminary programming to assess our needs, wants and the pre-existing site conditions, a budget analysis to determine what products would work, and continued design support in order to meet our district’s objectives,” shares Christy Wegmann James, a library and media specialist from the Charleston, SC School District.

This turnkey “hands-on” service aims to help school systems reimagine learning spaces to prepare students more effectively for their future. Active learning strategies are essential for students to learn critical 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem-solving, and traditional classroom designs aren’t optimal for students to learn these skills.

“While the nature of teaching and learning is undergoing significant transformation, the design of learning spaces hasn’t changed much from a generation ago,” says Weinschreider.

“We can help K-12 leaders design modern learning spaces that encourage students to explore solutions, collaborate and negotiate, and complete real-world projects.”

Projects By Design also offers full- or half-day professional development courses on a variety of topics related to modern learning environments, such as incorporating student voice in the classroom and building a culture of collaboration. Delivered by former educators, administrators, and education researchers, these courses offer practical tips and inspiration to help educators get the most out of their modern learning spaces.

In addition, School Specialty announces the largest launch of new products in the company’s history with new options in its Classroom Select® and Childcraft® furniture brands. The new products include School Specialty’s Classroom Select INSPO™ a line of seating that is sleek, ergonomic, and highly flexible to support a wide variety of uses and activities — as well as new Tilt-N-Nest™ desks and tables, Geode Series™ storage, and NeoLink™ and NeoFuse™ soft seating options.

Childcraft® continues to provide even more choices to support active and engaging learning – from colorful FLEX & FOLD™ carpets to premium cots, STEAM and sensory tables to imaginative reading centers, and multi-functional storage units to outdoor furniture for exploration. All enable students through the journey of present wonder to future investigation.

About School Specialty

School Specialty is a leading provider of educational products and services to the Pre-K- 12th grade market in the U.S. and Canada. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a broad assortment of furniture & equipment, educational technology, general and specialty classroom supplies, facility supplies, safety and security products, and core and supplemental curriculum for science, math and English language arts. These include trusted national brands, as well as well-recognized proprietary brands, like Sax art products, Childcraft furniture and FOSS Science Curriculum. We also provide expert guidance, design services and professional development within the categories we support. At our core, we are a purpose-driven organization. Everything we offer, from crayons to curriculum to complete learning environments, is designed to support educators, raise student outcomes and ultimately, transform more than classrooms.

School Specialty Contacts:     
Evelyn Warren
Tel: (704) 488-7690

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Source: School Specialty, Inc