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Re-Imagining School


Walk into just about any elementary school, and Superintendent Dan Behm says you’ll likely notice a “buzz” in the classrooms. There’s an energy to learning, and as a result of that buzz, a literal bounce in students’ steps. That tends to fall off in the upper grades, and Behm wondered why — and how to bring bounce to students and teachers in the upper grades.

In this 21-minute podcast, Behm talks about how Steelcase’s Applied Research + Consulting team worked with Forest Hills to rethink curiosity, collaboration and communication.

Podcast: School District Rethinks Creativity + Collaboration

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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