School Furniture – School Outfitters Blog http://blog.schooloutfitters.com Furnishing Great Places To Learn Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:51:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Modern Classrooms Designed for Adaptability http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/08/modern-classrooms-designed-for-adaptability/ Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:44:00 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3219 As learning technologies and teaching methods have continued to advance, so too have the physical spaces that students and teachers work in. Educators, researchers and designers across the country (and the world) are beginning to swap out Industrial-Aged classrooms with ultra-modern learning spaces — classrooms that are adaptable, flexible, and seamlessly integrated with technology. Think mobile furniture and white boards, retractable walls, open spaces, soft seating and more. These modern-day classrooms mimic real-world environments, and are designed to equip students with advanced communication, collaboration and technological skills. Indeed, research has shown that the cognitive and emotional benefits of adaptable learning spaces far outweigh those of the traditional classroom.

Adaptable learning spaces, unlike traditional classrooms, are suitable for multiple teaching strategies and are student-centric. In other words, students take an active role in their learning, while the teacher takes on the role of facilitator.

Eanes Independent School District
Take, for example, the work of Eanes Independent School District in Texas. Over the last few years, the district has implemented mobile furniture, iPads, brightly colored spaces and more into its schools (the roll out began with West Lake High School in 2011). Teachers and administrators wanted to explore how student-centric, adaptable learning environments influenced learning.

Mobile Steelcase Node chairs in West Lake High School Source.

Mobile Steelcase Node chairs in West Lake High School. Source.

 

West Lake High School students at work on iPads.

West Lake High School students at work on iPads.

The results? Implementing the iPad, along with mobile desks, improved productivity, enhanced creativity and eased student collaboration, according to Carolyn Foote, a Westlake High School librarian who chronicled the results. Mobile desks make it easy for students to form groups or re-arrange classroom layouts for better discussion. Plus, the ergonomic design of the Steelcase Node chairs keep students comfortable — and therefore, better able to focus. The iPad’s camera, video function and many apps allow for creative storytelling and content production. Furthermore, iPad use equips students with essential research and tech skills for college and beyond.

Take a look at the district’s blog chronicling the transition to adaptable furniture and technology here.

Hartland-Lakeside School District
The Hartland-Lakeside School District in Wisconsin has also embraced adaptable learning spaces. In 2012, the district swapped out the antiquated furniture in many of its classrooms for modern, colorful, and adaptable pieces. The classrooms in Hartland-Lakeside are now student-centric, and able to moved and re-arranged throughout the day. The overhaul was a response to Hartland educators embracing “differentiated methods” of teaching, according to its administration.



Adaptable Learning Spaces at Hartland-Lakeside. Source.

Adaptable Learning Spaces at Hartland-Lakeside. Source.

Couches provide a comfortable space or students to learn, while low-rise tables with casters can easily be moved for different activities and collaboration. Pops of color in pillows and rugs provide a touch of warmth and inspire creativity. Open spaces let students move and stretch, which enhances learning and creativity.

Soft seating at Hartland-Lakeside.

Soft seating at Hartland-Lakeside.

Bean bags provide optimum comfort and flexibility, and are great seating for student collaboration. But they’re also handy for students who want alone time. Individual laptops go where the students go and eliminate the need for desks crammed with supplies.

You can read more about Hartland’s transition here.

Cove Elementary
Another school that’s taken on adaptable learning spaces is Cove Elementary in Marin County, California. Cove Elementary, which opened in August 2014, was designed by the forward-thinking design firm Quattrochi Kwok. The firm is passionate about designing innovative learning environments and exploring the roles that furniture pieces play in learning.

Adaptable learning space at Cove Elementary.

Adaptable learning space at Cove Elementary. Source.

The above space has soft seating, mobile chairs and tables, and even mobile walls — the sliding glass wall in the background can quickly subdivide the space or open up to create one large classroom. The mobile furniture and break-out spaces are ideal for group learning, one-on-one sessions, or individual work. In addition, studies have shown that natural light from open windows, as seen above, increases comfort, productivity and mental stimulation.

Adaptable learning space at Cove Elementary.

Adaptable learning space at Cove Elementary.

The mounted TV screen makes sharing presentations or student work easy, and the soft seating inside the shelves provide a cozy nook for reading or quiet time. Floor mats provide a pop of color and a space for students to stretch and play.

Thinking about turning your classroom into an adaptable space, but fear you don’t have the budget or the know-how?  Don’t fret: Edutopia has a few simple tips and tricks to start redesigning your classroom that won’t break the bank.

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The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/07/the-developmental-benefits-of-playgrounds/ Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:00:51 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3196 Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood. Child development experts have long known that outdoor playgrounds foster physical, social, emotional and cognitive development in children.  A slide, for instance, encourages the use of social skills such as patience and cooperation (as children may have to stand and wait in a line), as well as the development of loco motor skills such as balance and coordination (as children may have to climb stairs or a ladder).

Studies have shown that without play, essential life skills such as a problem solving, empathy and communication may be stunted.  Here, we’ll take an in-depth look at the positive benefits different playground structures provide.

Swings

Swings

A playground staple, swings provide a myriad of developmental benefits to children of all ages. Swings encourage the development of gross motor skills such as balance, locomotion and body coordination as children jump on and off swing seats, pump their legs, and push others.  Fine motor skills are developed on swings too, such as grip strength and finger/hand coordination.  Socially, swinging often encourages cooperation and competition, as kids like to challenge each other to see who can swing higher. For babies and toddlers, swinging provides sensory stimulation, and can aid in the development of visual perception (the ability to interpret what they’re seeing while moving back and forth) and vestibular coordination (the ability to recognize speed and direction of movement).

Monkey Bars
Monkey bars are a classic but challenging playground toy. They require a certain level of upper body strength and agility, so they’re generally not recommended for children under the age of five. Monkey bars help develop upper and core body strength, grip strength and hand-eye coordination as a child swings from one bar to the next.  Furthermore, whizzing from one end of the monkey bars to the other isn’t always easy (even some adults can’t do it) so practicing can help develop patience and perseverance.

Spring RidersDinosaur  Spring Rider by Ultra Play
Spring riders are typically animal- or car-shaped seats on top of heavy duty steel springs that rock back and forth. As little ones push the rider back and forth, they develop core muscle strength and arm and hand grip strength.  The bouncing, rocking motion also helps develop awareness of motion in space and body balance.  The unsteady movements of spring riders can be frightening to little ones at first, so climbing onto and riding the toy may require a degree of fear assessment. Because of their fun shapes and colors, spring riders often encourage imaginative play.

See Saws
Playground seesaw for strength and balance development
See saws are excellent at encouraging collaborative play and patience, as they require coordination and balance between two different children to work. Core upper body strength and lower body strength are developed as a child moves the see saw up and down.  See saws help children understand motion through space, body balance, and even risk assessment because of its movement.

Climbing Walls
Climbing walls, in particular, offer several developmental benefits to children of all ages.  Rock climbing fosters the development of gross motor skills such as total body coordination, core muscle strength and upper and lower body strength. Hand, finger and even toe grip (fine motor skills) are also developed, along with flexibility and balance as a child shifts his body weight and stretch his arms and legs. Rock climbing is difficult to master, so it’s an excellent test of perseverance, patience, and mental focus.  Learning to climb to the top of a wall can be a major confidence boost and a lesson in teamwork, too.

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Customize Products with Logos and School Colors http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/05/3151/ Mon, 11 May 2015 20:08:57 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3151 Today we’re featuring a guest post from fellow School Outfitters team member Rachel Jaynes. Looking for products that sport your school colors or can be embellished with your school’s mascot? Here are her picks for personalizing your building:

Furnishing your school doesn’t have to be boring. With the right products, you can pep up a space that can otherwise be a little dull. Logo or personalized items are a great way to foster school spirit and create identity. Even the most functional items can create a fun and personal space for your school. Here are a few of our recommendations.

Cafeteria Tables

Midwest Folding Mobile Bench Cafeteria Table with Chrome Legs

Midwest Folding Mobile Bench Cafeteria Table with Chrome Legs

For cafeterias, Midwest’s Mobile bench Cafeteria Table offers a few avenues for customization. With over 14 color options, you can choose a color combination that matches your school colors, existing décor, or even plans for a new space. If your school hosts community events or fundraisers, these can be a great way to furnish while showing off your school’s colors. With options for height, table edging and construction material, these tables can be tailored to your school’s unique needs.

 

 Enclosed Dry Erase Board

United Visual Products Indoor Enclosed Dry Erase Board with One Door & Header

United Visual Products Indoor Enclosed Dry Erase Board with One Door & Header

For another level of customization, this indoor enclosed dry erase board from United Visual is great for classrooms, hallways and break rooms. You can add a unique header for your school or classroom to give your space a personal touch. The case also locks, which helps prevent tampering if you plan to use this in a shared space. It also has a magnetic surface, so your favorite whiteboard magnets are a perfect fit.

 

Stadium Trash Can
         

Witt Industries Stadium Series Outdoor Trash Can with Flat Top Lid

Witt Industries Stadium Series Outdoor Trash Can with Flat Top Lid

Games and sporting events are an integral part of every school district. Events are fun, social– and messy! Junior high and high school games generally draw a lot of people from the community, so it’s a great venue for displaying team pride. Keep your facilities clean and show off some school spirit with these stadium cans from Witt Industries. With 16 color options and two styles, you can choose a model that works best for your school. As a bonus, there are other uses for your trash cans in the off-seasoncheck out some suggestions here

Personalized products help cultivate a sense of pride and community. With a little customization and the right products, you add school spirit to any campus. 

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Famous Lecterns and Podiums http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/02/famous-lecterns-and-podiums/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:33:11 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3106 Lecturing a class is, even at the best of times, an exhausting and somewhat trying experience. Holding the attention of students of any age requires a lot of energy, and having the right lectern can make a big difference. You can lean on it for extra support, use it to store materials you might need while you’re talking and even make a big impression on your audience based on how it looks. In fact, many great speakers throughout history have relied on lecterns to help deliver their message. Let’s take a look at some famous lecterns to get an idea:

Presidential Lecterns
Variations of this same lectern have been in use since the beginning of the United States, always present during hundreds of famous speeches and declarations. In the picture below, President John F. Kennedy announces America’s intention of being the first to the moon.

Source: http://www.nasa.gov/content/president-kennedys-speech-at-rice-stadium/#.VOY9-ebF81I

Source: http://www.nasa.gov/content/president-kennedys-speech-at-rice-stadium/#.VOY9-ebF81I

Papal Lecterns
Though these may also be called pulpits, religious leaders like Pope Francis often make use of lecterns to help make their point, whether it’s a huge, ornate sculpture lectern or a simpler lectern stand like the one in the picture below.

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/440190/VIDEO-Adorable-moment-little-boy-hugs-Pope-Francis-and-refuses-to-leave-his-side-on-stage

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/440190/VIDEO-Adorable-moment-little-boy-hugs-Pope-Francis-and-refuses-to-leave-his-side-on-stage

Wizard Lecterns
Yes, these are fictional characters that perform magic, but even a guy like Albus Dumbledore needs a lectern from which to make his important points. While his lectern might be more elaborate and dramatic than what you’ll need in a classroom, it serves the same purpose: to keep students’ attention.

Source: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dumbledore's_owl_podium.png

Source: http://harrypotter.wikia.com

Olympic Podiums
The famous, three-tiered Olympic podium design has been used for centuries. Even though most of us never think about it, podiums and lecterns are always right in front of us during important moments, like in this emotional medal ceremony from the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Source: https://www.tumblr.com/search/mexico-olympics-1968

Source: https://www.tumblr.com/search/mexico-olympics-1968

So now that you know how famous speakers and events have used these over the years, I hope you’ll check out the variety of lecterns and podiums we can offer you.

P.S.

A few definitions:
A lectern is “a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.” A podium, however, is defined as “a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.” So while these terms are often used interchangeably, I felt it was my duty to acknowledge how different they truly are.

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Sensory Tables: The Top 5 Reasons Preschools Need ‘Em http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/01/sensory-tables-the-top-5-reasons-preschools-need-em/ http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2015/01/sensory-tables-the-top-5-reasons-preschools-need-em/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:25:01 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3049 Children with a Sensory Sand Table

Source: www.tomsensori.blogspot.com

 

Sensory tables are a staple of the preschool and daycare scene. Why?

Little ones love to explore. So it’s important to introduce a special place for them to learn through hands-on play – and sensory tables can be the command center for all that tactile research. But why, specifically, do children benefit from this fixture of early education? Cue some dramatic music. Here’s the list!

5. Playing with Pals

Children play at an outdoor sand table

Source: www.happyhooligans.ca

Children learn how to play cooperatively with the materials in a sensory table. Mildred Parten, an American sociologist, put together a theory that outlined play at young ages. And even though it was developed in the 1930s, it’s still relevant in today’s classrooms. Sensory tables support Parten’s definition of cooperative play, encouraging children to take an active role in planning, structuring and collaborating through play. Fun fact: Sensory tables actually come from the occupational therapy world, according to Jeanette Der Bedrosian for Washington Parent. “Though sensory tables have their roots in the occupational therapy world, you might find a group of children working together at a table or bin at preschool centers … In this context, it encourages teamwork.” Sharing, taking turns and incorporating others? It all represents a big social step for early learners; it’s all powered by the presence of sensory tables in the classroom.

4. Learning the Lingo

Tin Can Phone

Source: www.monfis.org.uk

Children learn how to communicate with their peers by using their budding vocabulary. Group play with sensory tables promotes conversation. For example, pre-K students might handle the materials differently, want to try mixing materials, organizing or building with the materials. Think blocks, sand, water – items of many colors and sizes that introduce a variety of textures to early learners. This sensory stimulation encourages communication and broadens language abilities for pre-K students. Plus, preschoolers’ classmates can have a significant impact on learning language, according to a 2009 study by researchers at the University of Virginia and The Ohio State University. Science Daily reported that because of “the growing recognition that young children’s language abilities affect their readiness for school and later school success, this study offers ideas for designing and structuring preschool classrooms.”

Looking for more ways to prepare children’s vocab for kindergarten and beyond? The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) suggests some other great methods to support early learners’ speech and language development.

3. Refining Fine Motor

Student working on fine motor skills

Source: www.littlebinsforlittlehands.com

Children learn how to maximize their hand-eye coordination with the myriad hands-on activities that sensory tables can offer. Mixing, molding, measuring, pouring, pushing, scooping and sifting; there’s so many ways for pre-K students to perform the small muscle movements that are necessary for other important tasks. This type of play provides great preparation for real world applications (tying shoes, buttoning a shirt or zipping up a jacket). Who knew that squishing gooey stuff and clanging toys in a bin could be so beneficial? If you need some extra help getting creative ideas going, Loubina Buxamusa and Ann Mahoney offer some top-notch sensory table activities for pre-K students in this Education.com article.

2. Creating Creative Commotion

Soapy Sensory Table

Source: www.tomsensori.blogspot.com


Children learn how to get creative (without so many restrictions) with a sensory table. Other classroom activities like playing with blocks can only accomplish so much, impeding further exploration. But with a sensory table that’s chock-full of sand, water, rice, macaroni or even dirt, all of these separate mediums are fair game for building structures, demolishing structures and getting engrossed in the magic of make-believe. Outside of taste (we don’t want 4-year-olds chewing on sawdust), children can engage their other four senses with incredible vigor, which, heck, isn’t that why they’re called sensory tables? Now that you know why sensory tables are so important, create one, buy one, put it to great use!

 

Water sensory table

1. Keeping Classrooms Clean

Here’s a teacher-focused numero uno – and it’s incredibly important (just not as much to kids). Of course, you want to encourage children’s hands-on learning, the enthusiastic exploring, all that immersive education, but you also want to keep the mess-making contained. Sensory tables can accomplish that for you. Lay the ground rules for your little ones, consider getting/making a few aprons and, with a little luck (and maybe a trash bag or vinyl mat placed on the floor), you’ll maintain a respectable classroom.

Still hesitant about how you’ll keep sensory table clutter under control? Several blogs (creativewithkids.com, notjustcute.com, teachertomsblog.com, tomsensori.blogspot.com) offer great ideas that can help. So get started; celebrate sensory play with your preschoolers today!

 

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Soft Play Fun Time http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/12/soft-play-fun-time/ Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:16:11 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3043 Do you remember how much fun it was playing in a ball pit? What about a time when sitting in a bean bag chair with a picture book was the highlight of your day? While that feeling may have passed with the arrival of adulthood, it’s still alive and well for young kids everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of the soft play options available to preschool-age students these days.

Kids love to crawl and clamber over things, so encourage them to play with the Butterfly Buddy Climber from Sprogs Early Childhood Furniture. High-density foam and easy-to-clean vinyl offer a safe space where kids can play for hours. For more soft climbers, check out our full selection.

Sprogs Butterfly Buddy Climber

Sprogs Butterfly Buddy Climber

Playing with blocks is also a fun and creative way for kids to practice their motor skills, so check out items like Joey’s Matching Mat & Blocks Set from Children’s Factory. These blocks wipe clean easily, and the bright colors are certain to hold the attention of young children. Looking for more soft blocks for your preschool? We’ve got you covered.

Joey's Matching Mat & Blocks Set by Children's Factory

Joey’s Matching Mat & Blocks Set by Children’s Factory

If bean bags are what your students are really interested in, you’re in luck. You’ll find a great variety of Soft Seating, including the Sprogs High-Back Bean Bag Chair. With seating like this, your students will love kicking back with a book and reading the day away.

Sprogs High-Back Bean Bag Chair

Sprogs High-Back Bean Bag Chair

If you’re interested in finding more soft play items for your preschool or daycare, shop our huge Soft Play offering today.

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Headphones for Common Core-Aligned Testing http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/12/headphones-for-common-core-aligned-testing/ http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/12/headphones-for-common-core-aligned-testing/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:52:52 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3019 As the landscape of American education rapidly moves towards integrating more technology, it’s more important than ever that schools stay up to date on required equipment. All but seven states have now adopted the Common Core standards, and that means the majority of students will take part in one of two standardized tests: The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Both tests take place entirely on computers, and therefore each has a list of requirements that detail both software and hardware specifications. For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on one of the main things they have in common: both tests require the use of headphones for every student.

The SBAC and PARCC have two main reasons for the use of headphones: language arts sections that require listening to spoken words and special accommodations for students who require “text-to-speech” features. While these are new requirements, the trend has been swinging towards integrated technology for quite some time, with classrooms around the country starting to use tablets, laptops and other mobile devices with greater frequency. The question now becomes, which headphones are best for you?

As far as testing in the 2015 school year is concerned, any set of headphones or earbuds will suffice. With full-size headphones, like the Egghead Switchable Stereo/Mono Classroom Headphones 10-Pack, students will be more comfortable and have the option of volume control for each ear. PARCC testing in particular recommends the use of headphones with a USB connection, like Califone’s Titanium Series Washable USB Headphones, for ease of use.

Egghead Switchable Stereo/Mono Classroom Headphones

Egghead Switchable Stereo/Mono Classroom Headphones

If a tight budget is a concern, however, the more economically priced Califone Personal Stereo Headphones 20-Pack will also fulfill the requirements at a fraction of the cost, although at a reduced comfort and durability level.

Califone Personal Stereo Headphones 20-Pack

For those planning several years in advance, keep in mind that the 2016-2017 school year will begin requiring headphones with microphones for oral responses during tests. Headphones like the Egghead USB Multimedia Headset with Volume Control 10-Pack offer a simple plug-and-play solution for all your testing needs.

Egghead USB Multimedia Headset with Volume Control

Egghead USB Multimedia Headset with Volume Control

If you don’t see what you need in the list above, check out our entire list of headphones. You’re sure to find bargains on headphones for your specific situation.

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EDspaces 2014 Recap Part 2 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/11/edspaces-2014-recap-day-2/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:58:35 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=3005 Day two of EDspaces offered sessions on healthy living in schools:

  • Designers Dina Sorensen and Jeri Brittin worked on Virginia’s Buckingham County schools to address student obesity and well-being concerns. They made stairways attractive and readily accessible while making elevators as hidden as possible while still being ADA accessible. They created a student garden and created open kitchens in the cafeteria so children can see food being prepared – pointing out that it might be the only time they see fresh food (and be their only reliable meal) all day.
  • Want to promote healthy eating but don’t have the funds for a brand-new kitchen? Try putting healthy lunch options at the front of the lunch line.
  •  A not-so-fun fact from Sorensen and Brittin’s session: American portion sizes have increased 200% over the past 20 years.
  • In his session on promoting healthy living through architecture, Brian Dunbar, director of Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State, said that studies in 2004 and 2006 found environment can influence teacher quality and retention. Researchers found that reasons for excessive sick days can be due to ventilation, lack of daylight, cleaning methods, lack of views, acoustics, disrupted circadian rhythms and poor filter maintenance.
  • Wood Designs had a lot of cool new products on display, including updated cots made to stack without the legs sticking together and potentially cracking. OFM introduced its Jupiter stools, which can configure in myriad colors and layouts.
    New Cots from Wood Designs

    New Cots from Wood Designs

    Jupiter Stools by OFM

    Jupiter Stools by OFM

  • Diversified Woodcrafts unveiled its Create and Explore 40K Giveaway on Day 2, giving schools the chance to win a collection of furniture worth $40,000 in honor of Diversified’s 40th anniversary. Enter your own video to win!
  • Mark Hubbard, President of Paragon Furniture, stated in his education session that kids today are used to being comfortable, which could lead to fidgeting and lack of concentration when they’re not comfortable. In the past, he said we did not have an expectation of being comfortable while in school? Do you agree? We’ve love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Win a Classroom Makeover at NAEYC! http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/11/2991/ Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:13:41 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=2991 We’ll be at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference and Expo at booth #1803 this week, so if you’re there, come say hello. Why? Three reasons:

1. You can try out products for yourself because we’ll have an array of Sprogs furniture and Primary Colors art supplies on site.

2. There will be a photo booth so you can remember the awesome time you’re having.

3. You can actually WIN the products at our booth. That’s right, a bevy of brand new early learning childhood furniture for your classroom. Just stop by and write down your testimonial about why you deserve to win.

School Outfitters at NAEYC

The School Outfitters booth at NAEYC.

Here’s a sampling of what you could win:

Sprogs Butterfly Buddy Climber

Sprogs Butterfly Buddy Climber

Norwood Commercial Furniture Rectangle Adjustable-Height Activity Table

Norwood Commercial Furniture Rectangle Adjustable-Height Activity Table

Sprogs 100 Series Preschool Chair with Chrome Legs

Sprogs 100 Series Preschool Chair with Chrome Legs

Norwood Commercial Furniture Children's Waiting Room Soft Seating

Norwood Commercial Furniture Children’s Waiting Room Soft Seating

Sprogs 15-Tray Three-Section Storage Unit

Sprogs 15-Tray Three-Section Storage Unit

Plus much more. We’ll see you in Dallas – be sure to visit booth #1803.

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We want to hear from you! http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/2014/10/we-want-to-hear-from-you/ Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:03:28 +0000 http://blog.schooloutfitters.com/?p=2970 3School Outfitters is proud to be the exclusive platinum sponsor for EDspaces – the only international tradeshow and conference that brings together architects and professionals who design, build, equip and manage learning environments with furniture and equipment manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential products and solutions for these areas.

With two weeks until EDspaces, we want to know your opinion on your classroom and the other learning environments in your school. Everything from the furniture to the architecture to the access to technology – this is your chance to be heard by those designing and building schools across the country.

For the next two weeks, we’ll be posting questions on our Facebook page and we want your opinion. We’ll share your answers with those at Edspaces and encourage them to use social media to discover what teachers really want in a classroom. As a thank you for your input, we’ll randomly select one $500 School Outfitters gift card winner each week, plus five $100 winners each week. You get an extra entry for sharing a photo of your classroom!

We want to know what you have to say. Visit our Facebook page to join the conversation.

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