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2024 ECLPS Registration Now Open

February 23, 2024 — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) launched the ECLPS professional development certification program in 2023 for district and industry leaders seeking to demonstrate a commitment to understanding and excelling in the planning of learning environments. This professional designation recognizes those who have mastered core competencies in the development of learning ecosystems by connecting evidence with design strategies.

ECLPS provides industry professionals with the tools they need to become knowledgeable change agents in the development or renovation of learning environments. On completion of the ECLPS program (3 levels), learners will earn 30+ AIA LU and HSW credits or can generate professional development certificates to meet continuing education requirements

Under the direction of Program Director/Curriculum Developer Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, INSYNC: Education Research + Design; Assistant Program Director Dave Broz, Columbia College, Chicago; Core Instructor Jolene Levin, EDmarket Board Chair; and Program Manager Heather Tuley, EDmarket, ECLPS stands apart as a research-based curriculum aimed at generating solutions that lead to measurable improvement in student outcomes.

Registration is now open at https://www.edmarket.org/eclps/

AmTab Named ECLPS Exclusive Sponsor
EDmarket is pleased to announce that EDmarket member AmTab is the exclusive multi-year sponsor of the ECLPS program. AmTab creates modern, popular, and fun ProSocial Environments and ProSocial Experiences™ with furniture and signage graphics décor, designing, manufacturing, and furnishing from start to finish.

"With the generous support of AmTab, we are able to scale this program to serve even more changemakers in this space." — Jim McGarry, EDmarket President/CEO

"AmTab is thrilled to be the exclusive sponsor of the ECLPS program. We look forward to working with EDmarket and the ECLPS program on our collective mission to positively impact learning' environments." — Ronda Marr, AmTab, Manager A&D Partnerships


INDUSTRY NEWS

EDmarket Introduces Bold Women Collective to Support Female Networking

February 16, 2024 — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is pleased to announce the formation of the Bold Women Collective providing a year-round forum for connecting, sharing, and learning with other women in the education market. The Bold Women Collective allows both seasoned and those new to the industry to meet women in leadership, find mentors to guide them, and build a network for both friendship and potential business/partnership opportunities.

"I have such a great feeling that this is the start of something quite groundbreaking for EDmarket," says Jolene Levin, EDmarket Chair of the Board. "It's an honor for me to work with such incredible BOLD women on this!"


A hallmark of the Collective is the ability to discuss topics relevant to professional success in a safe and supportive space. At EDspaces 2023 in Charlotte, discussion at the Bold Women, Bold Conversations event revolved around questions from the book 12 Habits That Limit Our Success – How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. The Collective will continue the facilitated conversations around those 12 habits in virtual sessions the second Friday of each month at 1 pm ET beginning March 8, 2024 — to coincide with International Women’s Day.

In addition to these monthly break-out meetings, the Bold Women Collective will have a private LinkedIn Group in which to share resources and opportunities.

Membership in the EDmarket Bold Women Collective is open to all EDmarket members. Corporate membership is required of manufacturers, dealers, and independent representatives, and all female employees of those companies are encouraged to participate. Corporate and individual memberships are available to architects, designers, and education leaders. For more information on joining EDmarket, visit www.edmarket.org/membership/.

To learn more about EDmarket's Bold Women Collective, visit: www.edmarket.org/bwcollective/


INDUSTRY NEWS

Newsweek Recognizes Steelcase as one of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity, Most Responsible Companies

January 29, 2024 — Steelcase a global design and thought leader in the world of work, has been recognized by Newsweek as one of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity in the Commercial Products and Office Supplies category, and as one of America's Most Responsible Companies in the Consumer Goods industry.

Now in its second year, Newsweek's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity list recognizes large and mid-sized companies based on their acknowledgement and embracement of diversity and their measures to nurture inclusive work environments. This survey of over 220,000+ individuals included representation at over 1.5 million companies in America.

"We continue to make progress toward our commitment to do better for people by building community and belonging where everyone feels seen, heard and valued in the workplace and the world," said Donna Flynn, vice president, global talent management for Steelcase. "We collaborate with our employees, dealers, partners and customers around the globe to build inclusive strategies, programs, places and spaces for all. While there's more work to be done, we're honored to be recognized for the strides we have made."

Newsweek's Most Responsible Companies list, now in its fifth year, ranks 600 of the top 2,000 publicly traded companies in America based on a holistic view of corporate responsibility that considers the three pillars of corporate social responsibility — Environment, Social and Governance.


As shared in its 2023 Impact Report, Steelcase is doing its best work for the places we all share by designing better futures for the wellbeing of people and the planet. It's doing better for people by bringing equitable access to opportunity in the workplace and the world in many ways, including through its innovative social programs, inclusive design practice, investment in diverse suppliers and support of now 12 Business Inclusion Groups. It's doing better for the planet by making, sourcing and delivering products responsibly to reduce its carbon footprint, designing for circularity, and choosing and using materials responsibly.

"Working toward a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future has always been part of who we are,� said Beth O’Shaughnessy, senior vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary for Steelcase. “We constantly challenge ourselves to expand the ways we can do better. This is forever work — an ongoing commitment to generously participate in the world, to create a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable global society."

Steelcase has also been recognized as a Best Employer for Women by Forbes, a Best Employer for New Grads by Forbes, one of America’s Most Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light, one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune and Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Newsweek is not affiliated with and does not endorse the products or services of Steelcase.

About Steelcase

Established in 1912, Steelcase is a global design and thought leader in the world of work. We help people do their best work by creating places that work better. Along with more than 35 creative and technology partner brands, we design and manufacture innovative furnishings and solutions for the many places where work happens — including learning, health and work from home. Our solutions come to life through our community of expert Steelcase dealers in approximately 770 locations, as well as our online Steelcase store and other retail partners. Founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase is a publicly traded company with fiscal year 2023 revenue of $3.2 billion. With our 12,000 global employees and dealer community, we come together for people and the planet — using our business to help the world work better.


INDUSTRY NEWS

KI Awards $40,000 of Furniture to Winning Educators in Second Annual Classroom Furniture Giveaway

February 2, 2024 — KI is thrilled to announce the four winners of its second annual classroom furniture giveaway and learning space design competition for K-12 educators. After 62,000 votes narrowed down the pool of 12 finalists, four lucky educators will get to see their classroom or school library designs come to life with KI furniture of their choosing.

The giveaway winners are Danielle Ortiz of Bethlehem Elementary School in Taylorsville, North Carolina; Ashley Wilkirson of Northern Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky; Teresa Youssofi of Loma Verde Elementary School in Chula Vista, California; and Jennifer Smith of Mowrey Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

"We offer our sincere congratulations to Danielle, Ashley, Teresa, and Jennifer," said Bryan Ballegeer, Vice President of Education Markets at KI and EDmarket Board Member. "We know all teachers care deeply for their students and community, and KI is thrilled to support these four educators in making their dream spaces a reality."

Entrants in the giveaway used KI's Classroom Planner tool to design their ideal learning space:

Eight runners-up will each receive 20 Ruckus whiteboards. The winners' installations will take place in the coming weeks.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Former EDmarket Leader and Life-Time Member, Kevin Casey Retires

January 31, 2024 — In conjunction with the retirement of President/COO Kevin Casey, Primary Concepts executed an agreement with Teacher Created Resources (TCR) that transfers ownership of 57 top-selling Primary Concepts sku's. All available inventory has been shipped to TCR who will take over the production of these products and creating orders for those items that are low-in-stock or out-of-stock to replenish them. For a list of the products now under the ownership of Teacher Created Resources please click this link: TCR New Products

"I will have to say my 45 or so years in this industry have been a joyous experience," says Casey. "Most of all, I will miss all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of working with towards our mutual purpose of helping teachers reach students through our wonderful learning materials."

"Kevin exemplified a leader who could successfully bring people together, always focusing decisions on what is best for the future of the organization," said Tom Brennan, 2018 EDmarket Chair and CEO of School Outfitters.

Kevin has served on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and Suppliers Council for EDmarket over the years and also the 2018 David McCurrach Distinguished Service Award Recipient for his outstanding contributions to the education market.

The David McCurrach Distinguished Service Award is an annual prestigious award that is awarded to an active EDmarket member who has exhibited dediciation to the Association or contributed special oustanding services over the years. Nominations for 2024 are now being accepted through September 30, 2024

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SPRING TRAINING

Solomon Coyle Now Accepting Registrations for Spring PM Training

The Education Market Association (EDmarket) has partnered again with Solomon Coyle to bring you the Project Management Training Program, which is currently accepting registrations for spring classes scheduled to begin February 28 for member dealers and manufactuers. This course is an excellent opportunity to take your professional development to the next level, particularly if you work in the educational marketplace.

Solomon Coyle's project management training program is designed to help dealerships protect and increase margins by managing the client, contract, and project effectively. Over five weeks, members will learn from industry-leading experts in furniture project management and gain access to valuable tools and best practices to help avoid costly mistakes and deepen customer relationships. Their training is delivered via Microsoft Teams, offering synchronous and asynchronous learning for easy access. Attendees will receive session handouts, workbooks, forms, checklists, and other professional tools to aid in their learning — successful completion of the program results in a certificate from Solomon Coyle.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Dan Reisetter Joins Fleetwood

Fleetwood is pleased and excited to welcome Dan Reisetter as our vice president of Sales. He's a veteran of the education industry, representing classroom furniture, cafeteria tables, and playground equipment at various times. We love Dan's proven track record of understanding the needs of our partners and customers, building relationships, focusing on fundamentals, and building high-performing sales teams.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

9to5 Seating Wins Good Design® Awards

January 9, 2024 — 9to5 Seating, has been honored with two 2023 GOOD DESIGN® Awards for Tori and Cavo, designed by renowned studio CLAUDIO BELLINI. Granted by The Chicago Athenaeum in 1950, the prize recognizes innovative industrial, product, and graphic designs worldwide.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by pioneers Charles and Ray Eames and former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN spotlights work that has "hartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace."

Winning products Tori and Cavo were designed by Italian design studio CLAUDIO BELIINI, whose work "seeks the harmony of beauty and efficiency." Bellini believes that today's work requires it, aiming to engage users not just with comfort but with interesting design that is aesthetically appealing. Bellini considers the office chair an essential working tool that allows for user efficiency but also gives the user space to be dynamic and flexible. (source: 9to5 Seating)

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INDUSTRY NEWS

ClearTouch Named a Top Impact Company by Real Leaders®

January, 2024 — ClearTouch, was recently recognized by Real Leaders® magazine as a Top Impact Company in its annual ranking of companies that have a clear intention to scale solutions today for the world's most pressing issues. Each company is ranked by revenue size, growth rate, impact metrics, and must exceed a minimum of $2M gross annual revenue.

"From classrooms to boardrooms, Clear Touch is redefining impact," said Keone Trask, Clear Touch President. "This Real Leaders honor fuels our mission to continue breaking barriers, one interactive panel at a time." (source: Real Leaders® magazine)

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Solomon Coyle YE2023 Financial Benchmarking Survey Now Open

January, 2024 — The Solomon Coyle, YE2023 Operational and Financial Benchmarking Survey is now open for participation. The survey includes aligned and non-aligned dealers and aims to provide data-driven insights for informed decision-making and a competitive edge in the market.

This Benchmark Report makes it easy to compare your company to other aligned dealers and, in turn, to identify areas in which you excel or need improvement. Drawing on criteria that you select, the Report allows you to measure key aspects of your business, understand your operational performance as compared to like-aligned dealers, and confidently develop strategies to improve your performance and processes.

The Report also makes it easy to bring Solomon Coyle research data into your familiar desktop work environment. With a click of your mouse you can now export Solomon Coyle metrics and data into Excel worksheets, making it even easier to use the benchmark results as part of your budget building and performance tracking.

To learn more on participating in this 2023 benchmark survey visit https://solomoncoyle.com/benchmark/how-to-use-benchmark-report.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Whitney Brothers® Live Edge Collection Earns Interior Design Magazine 2023 Best of Year Honoree Award

December 26, 2023 — Whitney Brothers®, announced its new Live Edge Collection of furniture for preschool and kindergarten environments received a 2023 Best of Year Honoree award from Interior Design magazine.

Now in its 18th year, Interior Design's Best of Year contest is the preeminent global design awards program recognizing the most significant products and interior design projects of the year across a spectrum of commercial, institutional, residential, educational and contract categories. In the 2023 program, Best of Year jurors evaluated 722 entries submitted by 418 manufacturers from 29 countries. Awards were announced on December 7 in a live event in New York City hosted by Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design. The complete list of award winners can be seen here.

"Best of Year is so crazy and so exciting," said Allen. "These are the best of the best! There's no shortage of innovation on display."

Jurors cited how the engaging design of the Live Edge collection transforms a common table, chair or bench into an important contributor to the look, feel and appeal of an Early Learning environment. Live Edge tables and seating also coordinate with all other furniture pieces in Whitney Brothers broader Nature View Collection, the world's first biophilia-inspired furniture collection for Early Learning environments. (source: Whitney Brothers®)

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Lakeshore Learning Expands Distribution Center in Kentucky

December 4, 2023 — Lakeshore Learning, has announced the completion of the final stage of expansion for its distribution facility in Midway, Kentucky, which increased the site by approximately 364,000 additional square-feet. With this expansion, the facility is expected to bring 50 new jobs to the community, increasing the site's full-time employees from around 425 to 475. Lakeshore continues to grow, with two national distribution centers and a third to open in January 2025, as well as more than 60 retail stores spanning across the U.S.

The Midway facility is Lakeshore's second distribution center in the United States and has been in operation since 2017.

"We are thrilled to further grow our distribution center in Midway, Kentucky, and to continue serving our customers," said Artin Ghazarian, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Lakeshore Learning. "This new project marks yet another step forward for both Lakeshore and the surrounding local community." (source: Lakeshore Learning)

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INDUSTRY NEWS

KI Announces 2nd Annual Learning Space Design Competition for Educators

November 13, 2023 — KI is excited to announce its second annual classroom furniture giveaway and learning space design competition for K-12 educators. Four winners will each be awarded up to $40,000-worth of KI furniture of their choosing to turn their dream learning space into a reality. Three winners will receive a furniture makeover for their classroom, lab, makerspace, or art or music space. In a new expansion of the giveaway, a fourth winner will receive a school library or media center makeover. Entries will be accepted for our second annual learning space design competition from Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 31. (source: KI)

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EDMARKETPLACE UPDATE

EDmarketplace is Now Available to All EDmarket Member Independent Dealers and Manufacturers

October 26, 2023 — EDmarket, a leading education-focused industry association, has announced the availability of its EDmarketplace Purchasing Consortium to all independent dealers and manufacturers that are members. This membership benefit is the result of a successful pilot program and is a collaboration between EDmarket and the Independent Suppliers Group (ISG). The consortium offers a cooperative business solution that is specifically designed for education furniture focused dealers and manufacturers. Eligible EDmarket members can now access this innovative program at no additional cost.

"It is an exciting time for us," says Jim McGarry, President & CEO of EDmarket. "Two years ago, the concept of creating a purchasing consortium for dealers and manufacturers was just an idea. Now EDmarketplace is a game changer in the industry, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales already processed through the system in the 2023 pilot phase alone."

EDmarketplace dealers can increase their profitability and competitiveness through the program's collective buying power, which offers a better cost of goods than they could typically negotiate on their own. Just one application allows you to buy from all of the EDmarketplace's manufacturers. The consortium also simplifies billing and allows dealers to enjoy extended payment terms while still taking advantage of quick-pay discounts from manufacturers. This feature is particularly beneficial as interest rates have increased. Participating manufacturers can grow sales, increase dealer loyalty, and improve cash flow through EDmarketplace's simple, streamlined accounting system that can interact with the manufacturer's system.

Mark Hubbard, President of Paragon Furniture and EDmarket Chair, says, "As ESSER dollars fade away and the highly competitive landscape heats up, EDmarket members will be better prepared for the future with EDmarketplace. I encourage all education-focused dealers and manufacturers to explore this important new member benefit."

To learn more about the EDmarketplace program, contact Scott Beyer, Director of Business Development, or visit the EDmarket booth (#1165) at EDspaces 2023.

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ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE W/EDPRODUCTS GALLERY EDITION

Fall Essentials Now Available

The highly anticipated Fall issue is now available. Find out all the ways that learning happens everywhere and see what's new at EDspaces with EDproducts Gallery.

Read Fall 2023 Issue

Contact Essentials Editor Adrienne Dayton to discuss your ideas for future articles.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Steelcase Named to U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Companies to Work For

October 18, 2023 — Steelcase, a global design and thought leader in the world of work, has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Companies to Work For by Industry list in the Misc Products and Services industry.

Steelcase was ranked among 349 companies across 20 fields of work on factors contributing to job seekers’ decision-making when choosing a workplace that best meets their needs in their industries of interest. The Misc Products and Services industry also features Ebay, Mattel, Whirlpool and Nike.

"The 2024 list recognizes companies that scored highest on a variety of metrics that contribute to a positive work environment and day-to-day employee experience in their respective industries," said Susannah Snider, U.S. News managing editor of money.

To calculate the U.S. News Best Companies to Work For by Industry lists, U.S. News only considered companies that were a part of the Russell 3000 index as of June 2023 and ranked in the top 20% of their industry. Additionally, U.S. News required each company to have a minimum of 75 Glassdoor reviews written between 2020-2022 and grouped companies according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB) used by the FTSE Russell.

The new recognitions expand on the general 2023-2024 U.S. News Best Companies to Work For list by looking at how companies measure up to the expectations of their employees and the standing of their competitors within their respective industries. The rankings take into account quality of pay, work-life balance, and opportunities for professional development and advancement by industry.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,� said Donna Flynn, vice president global talent management for Steelcase. “We have been actively investing in our people during this time of change in the world of work. This recognition tells us we’re on the right path for ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and trusted – and that’s great for our business.�

In the past few years, Steelcase has also been recognized as a Best Employer for Women by Forbes, a Best Employer for New Grads by Forbes, one of America’s Most Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light, one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune and Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

For more information about the U.S. News and World Report list, visit Best Companies to Work For by Industry.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Business Furniture Unveils "A Learning MINDSET" Education Studio: An Immersive Education Experience

September 8, 2023 — Business Furniture + Co., a leader in innovative workplace solutions and an EDmarket member, is thrilled to announce the grand opening of "A Learning MINDSET", a cutting-edge education studio that redefines the future of learning environments. Nestled in the heart of downtown Fishers, A Learning MINDSET invites educators and leaders to immerse themselves in an inspiring 3,700-square-foot space where the possibilities of education are explored.

Business Furniture's dedicated "Business Furniture + Edu" team, comprising expert designers, client services professionals, and installation specialists, have joined forces to shape this visionary space. This team possesses a deep understanding of the education market, keeps pace with the latest trends, and envisions what's achievable when we revolutionize education settings.

In a world where the dynamics of teaching and learning are evolving at an unprecedented pace, educators and leaders can explore the infinite possibilities that await when we shift our mindset toward education and prioritize environments where teachers thrive and students excel.

Immersive Design Showcases: Step into a realm of possibilities with immersive learning environments that push the boundaries of what's achievable in education spaces.

Interactive Workshops and Seminars: Engage in hands-on workshops and seminars that delve into the latest trends, innovative designs, and the science of learning environments.

Collaboration and Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals and share insights on reshaping the future of education.

Dedicated Expert Guidance: Our team of experts will be on hand to provide guidance, share insights, and collaborate on bespoke solutions tailored to your educational institution's needs.

"A Learning MINDSET is not just a place; it's a commitment to reshaping the future of education," said Mary Beth Oakes, CEO of Business Furniture + Co. "We believe when educators have environments where they want to work, the possibilities for learning are boundless. We invite educators, administrators, and visionaries to join us on this exciting journey."

For more information about A Learning MINDSET located at 11634 Maple Street, Fishers, IN, book your tour here: https://bit.ly/45GPCD6


ESSER FUNDING UPDATE

Education Dept Issues Details for ARP Spending Extension Requests

September 29, 2023 — The U.S. Department of Education announced in a letter to state grantees, the state education agencies can now request a 14-month extension to spend American Rescue Plan money just as they were allowed to do under the first two allocations of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund.

If approved, states and districts would have the flexibility of spending ARP funds 14 months beyond the Jan. 28, 2025, deadline or until late March 2026. With the Sept. 30, 2024, ARP obligation deadline — or when school systems must commit to spending the money — only a year away, states and school districts are hurriedly looking at their options for depleting the last and largest portion of the COVID-19 recovery money. The guidance comes as states and school districts make final decisions on spending the last and largest allocation of COVID-19 relief money. Last week's letter will help in this decision-making process, said education organizations.

In the letter, the department said states and their ARP subgrantees, including districts, making extension requests will need to explain how a longer spending runway would contribute to acceleration of student learning and expand on a continued path of academic recovery. Districts will need to make extension requests through state education agencies, which will then seek permissions from the Education Department.

The department previously said it would consider requests for ARP spending extensions, and that certain ARP-supported services could continue after the obligation and liquidation period, but Monday's letter details the specific approval process for a longer ARP spending timeline. An FAQ and extension request template will be available this fall, the letter said. ARP funding for K-12 is $121.9 billion. (source: K-12 Dive)

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Independent Suppliers Group Announces Promotion of Charles Forman to Chief Operating Officer

September 28, 2023 — Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) announced the promotion of Charles Forman to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective October 1. In his new role, Charles Forman will take on expanded responsibilities, including the oversight of the EPIC Business Essentials program and its cooperative contracts. This promotion is a significant step in ISG's strategic growth plan and will play a pivotal role in the upcoming CEO transition. Charles will work closely with Mike Gentile and James Rodgers, to contribute to the smooth transition of leadership as part of ISG's long-term planning.

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NEXGEN RISING STARS

EDmarket Announces 2023 NexGen Rising Stars

September 7, 2023 — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is acknowledging the achievements of young professionals in the education industry through the NexGen Rising Star Award. This award highlights individuals who are 40 years old or younger and are nominated by EDmarket members. The recipients have been chosen for their exceptional dedication to the industry, their innovative thinking, and their positive impact on student achievement and success. This initiative serves to recognize and celebrate the contributions of these emerging leaders to the education field.

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FALL TRAINING

EDmarket Announces Solomon Coyle Project Management Training

August 29, 2023 — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) has partnered with Solomon Coyle to bring you the next Project Management training course, which will be starting on October 12, 2023. This course is an excellent opportunity to take your professional development to the next level, particularly if you work in the educational marketplace.

Solomon Coyle's project management training program is designed to help dealerships protect and increase margins by managing the client, contract, and project effectively. Over five weeks, members will learn from industry-leading experts in furniture project management and gain access to valuable tools and best practices to help avoid costly mistakes and deepen customer relationships. Their training is delivered via Microsoft Teams, offering synchronous and asynchronous learning for easy access. Attendees will receive session handouts, workbooks, forms, checklists, and other professional tools to aid in their learning — successful completion of the program results in a certificate from Solomon Coyle.

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EDMARKETPLACE WEBSITE

New EDmarketplace Website has Launched

July 18, 2023 — EDmarketplace launched a new website. This site showcases all the vendors and a lookbook of their educational environments. It also includes a secure, backend portal for dealers and vendors with pricing, training and assets.

In addition, EDmarketplace Classroom will be returning to EDspaces 2023 in Charlotte, NC. This year's EDmarketplace manufacturers who will be showcased are: Certwood USA, Correll, Flash Furniture, Hirsch Industries, Jonti-Craft, Lesro Industries, Nook Pod, Paragon Furniture, and Screenflex Portable Solutions. In association with the EDmarket A&D Council the firms of JCJ Architecture, Ratio Design, and JCJ Architecture, Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects will create an immersive educational environment for EDspaces attendees to experience how space and design have a positive and significant impact on student learning.

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ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE

Summer Essentials Now Available

The highly anticipated Summer issue is now available. Read what's on the mind of the thought leaders changing the way we design, equip, and manage educational facilities and learning environments.

Are you a thought leader in education?
Contact Essentials Editor Adrienne Dayton to discuss your ideas for future articles.

Read Summer 2023 Issue


EDMARKETPLACE WEBSITE

New EDmarketplace Website has Launched

July 18, 2023 — EDmarketplace launched a new website. This site showcases all the vendors and a lookbook of their educational environments. It also includes a secure, backend portal for dealers and vendors with pricing, training and assets.

In addition, EDmarketplace Classroom will be returning to EDspaces 2023 in Charlotte, NC. This year's EDmarketplace manufacturers who will be showcased are: Certwood USA, Correll, Flash Furniture, Hirsch Industries, Jonti-Craft, Lesro Industries, Nook Pod, Paragon Furniture, and Screenflex Portable Solutions. In association with the EDmarket A&D Council the firms of JCJ Architecture, Ratio Design, and JCJ Architecture, Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects will create an immersive educational environment for EDspaces attendees to experience how space and design have a positive and significant impact on student learning.

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ECLPS CERTIFICATION UPDATE

EDmarket Launches ECLPS Certification Program

June 8, 2023 — EDmarket launched a new certification program for district and industry leaders tasked with planning, designing, and implementing learning environments. The EDmarket Certified Learning Place Specialist (ECLPS) is a professional designation that recognizes professionals who have mastered core competencies in the development of learning ecosystems and space design strategies.

Under the direction of Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber, ECLPS features a research-based curriculum aimed at generating solutions that lead to measurable improvement for student outcomes. To earn the ECLPS certification, learners must complete three levels of education consisting of 10-12 courses each.

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MEMBER UPDATE

Transition from Frank Cooney Company to Educational Environments Complete

Since 2017, EDmarket member, Frank Cooney Company Inc. has been doing business as Educational Environments - by Frank Cooney Company to better describe what their business does and elevate the brand to compete in a more sophisticated market. The company is taking the next step in their branding effort, and as of May 15th, has changed to Educational Environments with the help of a new logo and logo mark.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

EDmarket Joins Others in Requesting Education Funding for Data Collection

May 18, 2023 — EDmarket joined fellow educational facilities advocates in a letter urging Congress to continue its investments in the Department of Education to "support capacity building and technical assistance for school facilities" beyond the one-time infusion of pandemic-related funding for addressing the needs and challenges that school districts have in delivering healthy, safe, educationally suitable, energy efficient, resilient public school buildings and grounds. BASIC requests that Congress appropriate $50 million to establish a program in the U.S. Department of Education that provides formula funding to State Education Agencies for states to assist LEAs with facilities data management, governance and decision making policy, planning, facilities training and technical assistance, and accountability.

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JLS AWARD UPDATE

2023 JLS Scholarship Award Winner Announced

May 2, 2023 — The Chairman's Advisory Committee of the Education Market Association has selected Logan Andreyko as the 2023 John L. Spalding Memorial Scholarship winner. The scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a deserving student to be used for undergraduate education. Logan was sponsored by Tammy Andreyko, Superintendent at the Quaker Valley School District, and a member of the EDmarket Education Council. He is a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio pursuing a double major in Finance and Economics.

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NEXGEN UPDATE

EDmarket Launches Emerging Leaders Recognition Program

April 25, 2023 — The Education Market Association launched a new membership program that recognizes outstanding young professionals 40 and under. EDmarket's NexGen Rising Stars Awards program highlights outstanding emerging leaders for their passion, creativity, and contributions to designing, managing, and equipping learning environments of the future. In its inaugural year, the program will select outstanding, "rising star" professionals to highlight and celebrate. Nominations are reviewed based on contributions and achievements in their professional role within the educational industry. NexGen candidates will also be evaluated based on community involvement, volunteer work, work-life balance, hobbies, etc. during the application process.

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Scholarships & Awards

EDmarket scholarship and award programs are a major part of promoting the next generation of leaders and recognizing outstanding service industry. Learn more about John L. Spalding Memorial Scholarship and the David McCurrach Distinguished Service Award.

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