Overall, School Specialty is meant to be a hub where curriculum, products, classrooms, and learning spaces all come together. Rather than having to dig through numerous sites and companies to find what you need for your school or classroom, School Specialty has everything in one place.
On the product side, School Specialty offers solutions from brands like Childcraft, Califone, Frey, Foss, and so on in order to provide an enormous range of furniture, supplies, kits, and anything else a classroom or learning space might need.
These resources are all great, but where I think School Specialty offers the most advantage is the Ideas and Resources page. From here, teachers and administrators can find lesson plans, product guides, whitepapers, digital samples, and more.
All of these resources are available free of charge and offer an enormous range of ideas across all subject areas and grade levels. Plus, these resources are all meant to help schools move towards supporting 21st century skills.
Let’s say you’re interested in starting a Makerspace in your school, but you’re not sure where to begin. Checking out the STEAM rooms under the Model Classroom section can give you a better idea on the way these rooms can be setup and constructed. You can then use the Lesson Plans section to find ideas for the types of activities you could implement in your new Makerspace. Plus, all of the lesson plans are aligned with standards, include objectives and supply lists, and provide detailed instructions on how the lesson can be implemented.
You could also get ideas from the Case Studies page and see how other school districts have implemented similar setups. Rather than starting from scratch, School Specialty provides schools with a ton of support resources and ideas from schools that have already gone through these types of processes and curricular implementations.
Plus, all of the resources throughout School Specialty are designed to help schools and classrooms move towards supporting the development of 21st century skills in active, student-centered learning environments.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of School Specialty. Even if you’re not searching for classroom materials, the free collections of lesson plans, case studies, whitepapers, and other resources are absolutely wonderful.
For teachers and schools that are looking for tested ways to make curricular changes and shift towards more student-centered, project-based learning, School Specialty is the perfect place to visit first. You’ll come away with new ideas, product guides, implementation possibilities, and more! If you’re looking for a major, school-wide shift, or just some new ideas for your classroom, I absolutely recommend checking out School Specialty.
The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I was not compensated for writing this review.