Modern Learning Environment Designed to Foster Creativity and
BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2017--
Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office
supplies and services, today announced an expanded partnership with
Austin Independent School District (AISD). The company recently worked
with the district to develop an innovative entrepreneurship classroom at
Crockett High School, located in Austin, Texas. Students enrolled in the
school’s entrepreneurship program utilize the innovative learning space,
which teaches future-focused skills such as creative thinking, problem
solving and collaboration.
This entrepreneurship program follows curriculum developed by INCubatoredu,
a national program that teaches entrepreneurism through hands-on
learning. Classes feature real-world entrepreneurs and business experts
who serve as coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the
process of ideation, market research and business model development. In
the innovative classroom space, set up to resemble an authentic work
space, students can work individually or in small groups, while also
accommodating large group presentations.
Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to
design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the
changing needs of students today. For the incubator space at Crockett
High School, the company provided full turnkey services from visioning
to implementation of the furniture, which can be arranged in various
configurations to address students’ unique and changing needs.
“The demands of the 21st century workforce are dramatically
changing the way students learn in the classroom,” said Becki Schwietz,
senior director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “With Austin
ISD, we wanted to simulate a business atmosphere so students can connect
learning with real life. Our design experts worked with educators and
learners to create a space that will provide students with the necessary
skills to prepare them for future success.”
Students journey through the entrepreneurial experience in the more than
1,500 square foot re-envisioned classroom. The space facilitates
distinct teams through product ideation to launch.
Office Depot, Inc. was able to use its diverse furniture and technology
portfolio to create a space that best responds to this unique modern
learning scenario. Writable surfaces facilitate ideation and brain
storming. Soft seating disrupts conformity of the old learning regime by
encouraging inter- and intra-teaming collaboration. Digital displays
provide access to virtual resources and a place for students to team on
digital products, business spreadsheets and marketing materials.
This non-traditional learning environment models those increasingly more
common in the global and technologically driven world, notably in
Austin, thus providing access to authentic, future-forward skillsets.
With the goal of optimum student engagement, Office Depot, Inc.’s
educational team, which includes designers, educators, furniture experts
and technology innovators, at the request of Crockett educators, created
a survey for students so they could provide input that led to the
development of the incubator space. A student committee evaluated and
ultimately helped select the furniture and the entire finished package.
“We didn’t want a traditional classroom setting,” said Sissy Camacho,
interim principal at Crockett High School. “We wanted an open space
designed for students to collaborate, create, and innovate. Office Depot
helped create and flawlessly execute our vision.”
Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other
educational institutions through the company’s “Committed
to Learning” initiative, which consists of a national team of
education experts and partners across disciplines. In developing this
team, the company provides instructional solutions and professional
development for educators to enrich the learning experience, in addition
to forging partnerships with thought leaders in the industry, including
INCubatoredu, to focus on early literacy, cognitive computing,
entrepreneurship, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces.
About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services,
and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office,
home, school or car.
Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work
better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more
productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print
and document services, business services, facilities products,
furniture, and school essentials.
As of our most recent filed annual report for fiscal year ended 2015,
the Company had annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employed
approximately 49,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in
59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning
e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization
– all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations,
franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The Company operates under
several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy.
The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray,
Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.
Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select
Market under the symbol “ODP”.
All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc.
and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated,
respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are
the trademarks of their respective owners.
AISD is the largest school district in central Texas, serving more than
83,000 students at 130 schools. Follow AISD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/austinisd,
Instagram at @austinisd or on Twitter at @AustinISD.
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Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451