Earlier this year, Steelcase awarded D’Youville College its Active Learning Center grant which will transform space at the intersection of D’Youville and Leonardo da Vinci High School PS 212 into a living laboratory to support learning strategies that promote engagement, creativity, and collaboration, while helping researchers better understand processes of active learning.

Leonardo da Vinci High School is located in Madonna Hall on the D’Youville campus, at Porter and Fargo avenues.  D’Youville and da Vinci have collaborated on a number of partnerships, including one that allows Buffalo Public School students to earn college credits while still in high school.

Out of more than 1,000 proposals submitted, the partnership between D’Youville and Buffalo Public Schools was one of only 12 education institutions across the nation and Canada to receive the funding. Additionally, the partnership was the first accepted application from New York State since Steelcase began awarding funding in 2015. The educational arm of Steelcase, manufacturer of office furniture and architectural and technology products, awarded one of its competitive Active Learning Center (ALC) grants to a team led by Dr. Leah MacVie, director of D’Youville’s Institute for Teaching Innovation.

We now have some renderings of what that space will look like. It will be open in Fall 2019. The space will seat 30 students and it will come equipped with moveable furniture, a large whiteboard, personal whiteboards, and a TruTouch screen on wheels.

If you are interested in teaching in the Active Learning Center this Fall or in the future, please fill out this form. 

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