Led By Tim Springer, HERO Inc. with Panel Input From Experts at
Kokomo-Center Schools, Glenbrook North High School and Gibraltar Design

CHICAGO — May 20, 2013 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, is continuing its popular webinar program focused on agile learning with a brand new session, “High School Communities and Learning Commons,” taking place on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. The online event will be led by Tim Springer, founder of HERO, Inc. with input from an expert panel that includes Dr. Jeff Hauswald, superintendent of Kokomo-Center Schools, Ryan Bretag, coordinator of Instruction Technology at Glenbrook North High School, and James B. Thompson, president and Rick Adcock, educational consultant, both at Gibraltar Design.

According to Cindy Weinschreider, director of marketing communications for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., “Thanks to the adoption of smart devices, learning can now take place far outside the classroom environment. While this is already happening at the higher education level, some high schools have also begun to embrace these changes by creating a social, dynamic learning commons that is powered, integrated and comfortable. This type of space allows learning and collaboration to continue and for the students to stay connected.” She continued, “Our panel for this webinar will share examples of how they are using the learning commons to enhance the educational environment at the high school level.”

“High School Communities and Learning Commons” focuses on how high schools across the country are addressing the needs of both their students and their communities by adopting new approaches to learning and learning spaces. This webinar will explore ways in which high schools are applying learning commons models, how effective application of agile space design affects learning in non-classroom settings and examples of budget-conscious implementations. Webinar attendees will walk away able to recognize the elements of a successful learning commons and a solid understanding of how high schools are redefining learning space to support and extend beyond the classroom.

“The Bretford live webinars allow the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of thought leaders and practitioners,” said Tim Springer, founder of HERO, Inc. “We’ve recruited expert panelists who are leading change in learning spaces and can share real world experiences. That’s something we can all learn from.”

For complete bios on speakers Tim Springer, Jeff Hauswald, Ryan Bretag, James Thompson or Rick Adcock, click here.

About the Bretford Learning Commons
The webinars are part of Learning Commons, a section on the website that contains a compilation of education resources and expertise for customers and partners. Learning Commons is divided into five key areas to help customers and partners easily navigate their way around:
• Resources: Incorporates research data, articles, interactive white papers, book references and videos.
• Community: Features a research project examining how agile learning spaces and mobile technology affect teaching and learning.
• Professional Development: Includes BretfordU online and live webinars and other events, along with Continuing Education Unit courses for architects and designers.
• Referrals. Houses all case studies, references and testimonials.
• Experts: Bios and contact information for the experts contributing to the BretfordU webinars, blog topics, research and other sections.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable Bretford products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral product certification. All Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture. For more information about Bretford visit or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at

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