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Kindergartners get school of their own

Ray Bendici
March, 2017
THEIR OWN SPACE—Mukilteo School District’s new standalone Fairmount Kindergarten Center is designed to accommodate kindergartners.

The Fairmount Kindergarten Center near Seattle hopes to use innovative design to maximize classroom learning time when it opens in September for the 2017-18 school year.

Bring healthcare to K12 students—just a short walk from class

Angela Pascopella
February, 2017
SMILE EVERY DAY—Magazine second-graders brush their teeth during a wellness center event that promotes healthy living for K12 and the community.

Some parents of students in Magazine, Arkansas, can’t afford the gas to drive their sick child 50 miles to the nearest doctor, says Brett Bunch, superintendent of the town’s school district.

Strapping in students on buses gains some speed with schools

Mackenzie Ryan
January, 2017
SEAT BELTS MAKE THEM SIT—New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina is adding seat belts to some buses as part of a state study. Ken Nance, transportation director, says just having students staying put in their seats reduces distractions to bus drivers, two of whom are pictured above.

More districts are adding seat belts to their bus fleets, following the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s 2015 recommendation that “every child on every school bus” needs a seat belt. 

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.

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