TUESDAY, JUNE 29 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Did you know COVID-19 relief (ESSER) funds can be used for design and furnishing services?
Investing in the right classroom furniture ensures schools will have ergonomic, agile furniture that supports the mental and physical well-being of students. And, VS America’s agile furniture can be instantly rearranged to allow for physical distancing when needed.
Learn how schools can use COVID-19 relief funds to purchase agile furniture for students and teachers in this session with a district CFO and school administrator.
All school personnel, architects, designers, and VS partners are welcome to attend.
Steve Barr | Oak Park School District Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Steve Barr has dedicated 26 years of his career advocating for K-12 education. After working six years in public accounting after graduating from Michigan State University, Steve worked in the Utica Community Schools, Troy School District, Macomb Intermediate School District, Novi Community School District and also the City of Farmington Hills prior to his current assignment in Oak Park Schools. In addition to being a leader in school finance, he feels strongly about the positive impact that agile furniture has on teaching and learning. He co-led the implementation of flexible furniture in all classrooms in the Novi Community School District beginning in 2015, with Dr. RJ Webber.
Dr. RJ Webber | Novi Community Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. RJ Webber has been a passionate ally and advocate for students and teachers his entire career. He has a focus upon instructional design, curricular design, and social justice that creates space for all stakeholders to reach their potential. In 1991 RJ earned the Alma College Jerry Smith African Teaching Fellowship, committing to a year of teaching at the Mayflower Junior School in Ikenne, Nigeria. It was in Nigeria that RJ began to understand the importance of the educational environment and instructional design.
At Novi Community School District, RJ has led a community wide approach to social justice efforts that focus upon student and educator voice. He has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Oakland Schools, and the Novi Community to offer training in culturally relevant instruction.
The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.