Universal Design for Learning: How to create UDL classrooms that ‘bust the barriers’ for students

For many K–12 students, the path to learning is riddled with barriers, big and small. Universal Design for Learning is an inclusive approach that’s redefining those educational obstacles as valuable opportunities. Read More

Beyond Tree Stumps & Stepping Stones: Tips for Building Better Outdoor Learning Spaces

The benefits of outdoor learning for K–12 students are well documented. How to furnish those spaces remains a footnote. Read More

Smith System Announces Partnership with Landscape Forms

Smith System Collaborates with Landscape Forms to Launch ‘OpenSpaces’—Highly Durable Outdoor School Furniture for Enhanced Learning Experiences Read More

Creating Innovative, Flexible Learning Spaces at Grace Prep Academy

Smith System partnered with Worthington Direct to revolutionize learning environments at Grace Prep Academy in Arlington, TX. This collaborative initiative reflects a commitment to fostering dynamic and inclusive educational experiences. Read More

Improving Classrooms for Neurodiverse Students and Different Learning Styles

In a world of unknowns, K–12 educators know this: There are infinite variations of the student brain, both neurotypical and neurodivergent. Given this learning landscape, how can schools ensure their classrooms are inclusively equipped for different learning styles? Read More

Employee Spotlight – Meet Manuel Paredes

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Manuel Paredes. Read More

How to Create a Dynamic Active Learning Environment with School Furniture

The active learning classroom is analogous to a chameleon. The physical set-up you see at 9 a.m. could look completely different within minutes – and not from chaos. The quick change-up is from teachers and students tailoring their surroundings to the active learning strategy at play. Read More

The Power of Choice–Platinum & Clear Totes Now Available

Storage bins, boxes, totes or trays. No matter what they’re called, these compact classroom organization tools provide big solutions. So much so that decreasing visual clutter in learning spaces can actually increase learning outcomes. Read More

Leaping into Latin America: Smith System Expands Furniture Footprint

Every day, on every continent, teachers and students are together on a learning journey. Smith System believes the opportunities to inspire both are endless, especially with innovative, insights-driven school furniture.  Read More

Furniture Overhaul Turns Special Ed Science Classroom into ‘Science Oasis’

You may not realize it, but school classroom furniture has a huge impact on how well the children in the room learn. Here’s everything you need to know Read More

Leveraging Technology to Support Student Wellbeing

Before the pandemic struck schools, it was rare to hear “technology” and “wellbeing” in the same sentence. Now, K–12 educators are learning to leverage digital technologies to foster students’ wellbeing and inclusion throughout schools. Welcome to Part Two in our three-part blog series devoted to digital transformation trends in education. We’re aggregating top insights on Read More

Designing Flexible Learning Spaces for Ed Tech Integration

A generation ago, a school “laptop” literally meant your lap (i.e., a convenient place to park a textbook). “Gamification” was surviving dodgeball in gym class. Not anymore. Today, the tools and terms of digital transformation in the education sector continue to redefine school curricula and design. Foremost, schools – and the furniture within them – Read More

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