Active Learning
Classroom teachers Mike Pape and Kit Coe, along with High School English Supervisor Tonya Rivera, were trained by Steelcase's Marisa Sergnese on Aug. 14 about how to best utilize the new space and furniture in line with the principles of active learning.

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New Space at Toms River High School North to Be Unveiled Sept. 27

The furniture for the new Active Learning Center at High School North was installed by dancker over the summer, the teachers utilizing the new the space were trained in its use, and since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, students have been utilizing and learning in the new space.

Now, we’re ready for the big reveal! We want to show you what this interactive, state-of-the-art learning environment is all about and celebrate the fact that Toms River High School North was 1 of 15 recipients from over 950 applications of the Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant, valued at $65,000. Please join us for the grand opening festivities on Wednesday, September 27 from 3-4 p.m. The event will begin in the auditorium at the high school and then move to the recently redesigned classroom.

After a welcome and introduction from Superintendent David Healy in the auditorium and some words from Board President Ben Giovine, there will be a presentation from Steelcase/dancker that will explain exactly what an Active Learning Center is and how it can be utilized to increase student creativity and enhance lessons so that students are more engaged with each other and their educator.

Once the presentation has ended, everyone in attendance will be invited to move to the new classroom and experience all it has to offer firsthand. Educators Kit Coe and Mike Pape, who teach their sophomore and junior English classes in the space daily, will be giving a live demo in the classroom with a group of their students.

Guests will be given the opportunity to experience the new flexible furniture and see for themselves how the classroom can be transformed into many different seating configurations, view the integrated technology, and get a glimpse of how all of these enhancements boost learning and classroom production. The Active Learning Center is being used as a model classroom for the school district as it moves to infuse the LATIC, Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, philosophy into more of its classrooms this year.

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Time Lapse Video of Active Learning Center Install