Furnishing Knowledge Podcast
Dr. Kevin Berkopes is the founder and CEO of XR Technologies, an Indiana-based company that utilizes technology to help schools improve their mathematics education. Kevin discusses how a different approach to teaching can allow students to learn at their own pace.
Emily McGinnis and Marcus Battista speak with Yamilée Beach to learn inspiring take on how to support students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through dance and other creative outlets.
As the Superintendent of the Year in 2019, Joe Sanfelippo is widely recognized as a maverick in the education space. In this episode of Furnishing Knowledge, Joe shares his approach to inspiring a culture of community and empathy to empower success in education.
At EdSpaces 2021, our education team facilitated a workshop that posed a critical design challenge to attendees: With everything you’ve learned over the past 18 months, how would you change your learning environments? In our latest podcast, Jonathan Matta, Emily McGinnis and Marcus Battista share highlights and key takeaways from this workshop.
Jonathan Matta, National Education Leader with KI Furniture, takes us through a bird's-eye view of lessons learned from the pandemic. We address topics like learning vs. education, why the term "learning loss" is a bit of a misnomer, re-imagining learning culture, the importance of flexible learning spaces, and how to give students agency in their own educational process. We also talk about how reflections of the shift in learning culture over the last decade can be found in everything from Star Wars to The Office.
Jeff Bott recently spoke with KI's VP of education, Bryan Ballegeer, about his own education path, the innovative approach Buffalo Grove High School takes with its students and his experience with KI after being included as a Ruckus Grant Program participant. KI's Ruckus Grant Program gave a number of K-12 and higher education institutions an adaptive, human-centered learning environment. Participants agreed to a six month controlled environment that isolated furniture in hopes of gaining more insight into the role of furniture in learning spaces.
Dr. Ena Shelley, Dean of the College of Education at Butler University is a nationally recognized expert in the Reggio Emilia approach. Recently she spearheaded a Reggio-inspired curriculum for the Indianapolis/Butler University Laboratory School at IPS 60 and was named 2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents for her distinguished work in early childhood education. Dr. Shelley sits down with KI to discuss her approach and what she feels is the role of the teacher and the learner.