It’s Official! January 25-31 is National School Choice Week

The U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to recognize January 25-31 as National School Choice Week. This resolution marks the first time that the Senate has officially recognized the week and it calls on all Americans to “raise public awareness about the benefits of opportunity in education.”

The goal of National School Choice Week is to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling.

National School Choice Week  is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort that welcomes all Americans to get involved and have their voices heard through thousands of unique events and activities across the country. Click here for additional information on how you can get involved.

 

Celebrate Get Organized Month

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” - Winnie the Pooh’s Creator A. A. Milne

January is Get Organized Month! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more organized in 2015, now is the perfect time to start.

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Tidying up at the office has been proven to reduce stress and improve productivity. If things seem to “go missing” more often for you lately, or if deadlines are pushing your blood pressure skyward, consider an office – or at least a desktop – makeover.

 

 

Carving Away Clutter

 

Click here to view ATD’s 6 Easy Steps to Carving Away Clutter.  

Click here for a selection of great Filing and Storage products that will help you get organized and conquer clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 Ways to Holiday Health

 

Holiday Health and Safety TipsThe holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, to celebrate life and to give thanks. They are also a time to pay special attention to the health and safety of yourself and others.

Give the gift of health and safety this holiday season with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC).

To hear these tips in a song, listen and sing along with  The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song

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Happy Holidays IconWishing you every happiness this Holiday Season along with good health and prosperity in the New Year.

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Happy Thanksgiving from ATD-AMERICAN

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and – of course – football.

Here are a few words of wisdom to ponder as you go over the river and through the words to grandmother’s house….or wherever else you go this Thanksgiving.

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“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” – Irv Kupcinet

“Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.”  – Nicole Hollander

“Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they see only once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”  – Johnny Carson

 

And just one more bit of Thanksgiving wisdom…Happy Thanksgiving

“Just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.” – Dylan Brody

 

 

Collaborative Learning…Why Does it Matter?

 “When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.”

Can you guess who said this?

Here’s a clue: Back in 1968, 12-year old Bill and 14-year old Paul put their heads together in the basic programming computer club at their Seattle middle school. Certainly not an earth-shaking event. Just two kids collaborating on some projects.

Except those two kids were Bill Gates and Paul Allen and that collaboration may have been the first chapter in the history of Microsoft.

And the author of the quote is Bill Gates himself.

Collaboration in the classroom isn’t a new thing. And it isn’t just a fad. has been discussed and studied since the early 20th century and its strengths are well documented. Studies show that collaborative learning is a far superior way for students to learn non-foundational knowledge – a higher level of knowledge that’s acquired by applying critical thinking and logic, not simply recalling facts.

But despite Bill Gates and Paul Allen’s success, collaborative learning does not come naturally for most students.

Check out this article “Teaching Students to Collaborate”, to learn why collaboration matters, how students can enjoy the benefits of collaboration and the role of the teacher in facilitating successful student collaboration.

Click on the image below to view ATD’s selection of Collaborative Learning Furniture.

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ATD Takes the 21st Century Classroom International at EARCOS!

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Come visit with ATD at the EARCOS 2014 Leadership Conference.

Gloryanne Prado, ATD’s East Asia Sales Manager, will be presenting our 21st Century Classroom concepts plus a variety of laboratory, library and preschool furniture. Whether you need to furnish classrooms, labs, libraries, offices, cafeterias or common areas, Gloryanne can show you how ATD creates dynamic educational environments that inspire and motivate students, faculty and staff.

If you wish to schedule an appointment with Gloryanne, please contact her by email at GPrado@atd.com or call her at 1-215-576-1000, ext. 2305.

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ATD is the leading North American supplier of educational furniture to International Schools. We have furnished schools in over 80 countries and are keenly aware of your needs.

spaceplanning2014ATD’s space planners and sales specialists stand ready to work with you to find the best product and design mix suited to your situation. We specialize in creating the best environments no matter what the budget allows.

Sutera Harbour Resort Venue for EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014

Sutera Harbour Resort
Venue for EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

ATD Brings Strategic Furniture Solutions to EACUBO!

EACUBO logoATD helps higher education facilities stay ahead of the curve with high-impact, flexible learning environments that don’t break your budget.

ATD-AMERICAN has been a national resource of furnishings for educational facilities since 1931. We recognize the impact that well designed and outfitted spaces have on student success rates.

Stop by ATD’s Booth #219 at the EACUBO Annual Meeting, meet with one of our experts and discover new ideas and practical solutions that will inspire excellence and success at your facility.

We’ll see you at the show! Be sure to drop your card for a chance to win an ergonomic desk chair.

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ATD Brings the 21st Century Classroom to NESA!

IstanbulFLC_int_banner Come visit with ATD at the NESA Fall Leadership Conference in Istanbul.

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Timothy Voit

Timothy Voit, ATD’s International Division Director, will be presenting our 21st Century Classroom concepts plus a variety of laboratory, library and preschool furniture. Whether you need to furnish classrooms, labs, libraries, offices, cafeterias or common areas, Timothy can show you how ATD creates dynamic educational environments that maximize student learning and achievement.

 

If you wish to set up an appointment with Timothy, please contact him by email at tvoit@atd.com or call him at 1-215-576-1000, ext 2336

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ATD is the leading North American supplier of educational furniture to International Schools. We have furnished schools in over 80 countries and are keenly aware of your needs.

spaceplanning2014ATD’s space planners and sales specialists stand ready to work with you to find the best product and design mix suited to your situation. We specialize in creating the best environments no matter what the budget allows.

FLC_Istanbul We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!

Have a Ball with Zenergy and Runtz!

CHO3251_1mIt’s father was an office chair, it’s mother was an exercise ball.

It’s name is Zenergy™

Enlighten any environment with Zenergy’s fun and spunky attitude. Designed with a 17-1⁄2″ anti-burst exercise ball, Zenergy puts a little zip in your sit by providing movement that not only helps you sit comfortably, but also helps you concentrate and supports better posture and balance.

Exercise ball chairs are not just for adults.

Meet Zenergy’s little brother, Runtz™.4750-4755_glm_hr

Runtz is the answer for children’s seating anywhere there’s a wiggle and giggle. Perfect for waiting areas, schools, daycares, lobbies or any space where smaller-sized guests might be hiding, or seeking. Runtz will put a little bounce in how every child sits.