OUR APPROACH

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Red Thread is focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. Through Steelcase’s insight-led research and innovation in furniture, tools and technologies for learning spaces, we have a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can make a difference.

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Higher Education

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CONTRACTS
EDUCATION TRENDS
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

K-12

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Red Thread has a dedicated K-12 team, offering product solution and space planning expertise for classrooms of all kinds. Click below to learn more.

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CONTRACTS

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Red Thread Authorized Contracts:

 Massachusetts State Contract
 MHEC (Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium)
 E&I (Educational and Institutional Cooperative Purchasing)
 Connecticut State Contract

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EDUCATION TRENDS

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Education is rapidly evolving, and outdated facilities are proving unsuitable for pedagogies that lead to real-world success. Impactful trends like technology and globalization require thoughtful reconsideration of the educational experience. Click below to learn more.

EDUCATION TRENDS

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

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Engagement, much like in the corporate world, has become a crucial focus as educators work towards preparing their students for the new creative economy. Unfortunately, the task becomes more complicated when you take into account that students are all unique individuals with different backgrounds, personalities, skills and interests. Click below to learn more.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

RESOURCES

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Steelcase Education’s Insights and Applications Guide provides the latest thinking on classroom design and learning spaces, including research, design principles and applications.

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APPLICATIONS

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ADMINISTRATIVE

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AUDITORIUM

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CAFE | DINING

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CLASSROOM

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COLLABORATION | FOCUS ZONES

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COMPUTER | MEDIA LAB

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FACULTY OFFICES

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IN-BETWEEN SPACES

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INTERACTIVE SEMINAR SPACE

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LEARN LAB

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LIBRARY

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PROJECT TEAM ROOMS

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RESIDENT LIFE

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STUDENT LOUNGE

PLANNING IDEAS

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CLASSROOM

As learning becomes more interactive, classrooms must support multiple types of collaboration, including informative, evaluative and generative, as well as peer-to-peer learning and many other emerging modes. These modes depend on equal access to analog and digital information, and the ability for every user, no matter where they’re located, to join in the collaborative process.

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COMPUTER | MEDIA LAB

Students and instructors are participating in more online forums, viewing more online lessons and even creating their own digital content.Today’s media labs should be designed to allow educators to leverage technology in entirely new ways and the flexibility to support the ongoing evolution of learning.

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LIBRARY

The library is the academic heart of a school, but just as education is changing, so too is the library. With information available online virtually any time, housing countless books has become of secondary importance. A reduced emphasis on housing books frees up real estate for individual and group learning. Today’s library should be a broader and deeper resource than ever, a place where traditional and new knowledge resources, instructors and students converge in an ongoing process of learning, teaching and discovery.

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CAFE AND LOUNGE

Café spaces are geared for the new types of connections that are expected of today’s students – from collaborative group work to social interactions and solo studying. These spaces must support the learning that happens outside the walls of the classroom.

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IN-BETWEEN SPACES

Make the most of lounge spaces, hallways and common areas with choice and control for different learning modes. Thoughtful solutions maximize space while supporting students’ cognitive, emotional and physical well-being.

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FACULTY OFFICE

Faculty offices are set up for private, individual work but often need to function as reception areas, collaboration spaces, storage closets, research centers, etc. It is important to provide space for concentrated work as well as collaboration with colleagues and meetings with students.

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Real estate costs are a continuing concern for schools, meaning that leveraging every space is a priority. Administration offices need to be harder working spaces that encourage collaboration and support the institution’s brand and culture while optimizing real estate.

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RELATED PRODUCTS

Node

The Node school chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick, easy transitions from one teaching mode to the next.
With Node,a classroom can transition from lecture mode to team mode and back again, without interruption.

Verb

Verb is an integrated collection of classroom furniture including tables, whiteboards, and instructor lectern and desk stations designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles.

Thread

Thread

Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

media:scape Lounge

media:scape Lounge

media:scape integrates technology and furniture to bring people, space and information together for greater collaboration and productivity than ever before.

eno

ēno

ēno combines analog and digital content, dry erase markers and digital ink with interactive whiteboard capabilities.

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Microsoft Surface Hub

Unlock the power of the group with Microsoft Surface Hub, a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally.

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