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Problem-solving and design thinking drive K12 tech school

Abby Spegman
January, 2017
CREATIVE CONFIDENCE —  Renderings of a new Redwood City d.tech education facility, set to open in 2018, reveal a striking building and eye-pleasing landscape.

Design Tech High School, or d.tech for short, opened in 2014 and is authorized by California’s San Mateo Union High School District. It commits to the concept of design thinking: Students learn to look for problems, understand the cause and empathize with people involved. Then they develop and test solutions, refine, try again, and share their findings.

Two-thirds of districts will build, replace aging facilities

Angela Pascopella
January, 2017
A total of 287 leaders participated in DA’s construction survey.

About two-thirds of district leaders say their districts will repair, replace or build new schools this year, according to a DA survey.

Shuttered schools offer teacher-housing solution

Matt Zalaznick
December, 2016
From classrooms to condos— The Wilkinson School in St. Louis, which closed eight years ago, will be renovated into apartments for teachers. Aside from offering low-cost housing, it will provide teachers with a collaborative atmosphere.

Bigger paychecks offered by wealthier suburban districts sometimes lure teachers away from St. Louis Public Schools. But a promising solution to a teacher-housing problem faced by many districts has emerged: St Louis schools' collection of more than two dozen vacant buildings.

Architectural award goes to Arkansas school for collegiate feel

Ariana Fine
November, 2016
Dazzle with Design—Fayetteville High School in Arkansas earned an award from the American Institute of Architects for its stunning and useful windows, stairwells, environmental efficiencies and security features. This student assembly area connects three levels of classrooms.

An $84 million renovation that includes a pedestrian walkway and greater security at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas was the only public school to receive prestigious architecture this year.

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