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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.

The business of school air conditioning

Margo Pierce
May, 2015
Gloria Marshall Elementary School in Spring ISD in Texas has visible AC fixtures throughout the building. (Luis Ayala/US Green Building Council)

When a classroom is sweltering, nobody is productive. More and more teaching days are being lost to hot, humid weather even though there is a way to mitigate the problem: air conditioning. But the challenge is justifying the cost of installation and maintenance at a time when competition for budget money is fierce.

Safety planning: How to prepare for the worst

Michael G. Shoaf
May, 2014
Michael G. Shoaf is superintendent of Rocky River City School District.

With violent events seemingly on the rise in schools across the country, district leaders must develop fluid and thorough safety plans.

Access new insight for boundary and enrollment planning with geovisual analytics

DA Custom Publishing
January, 2013

District leaders have a new state-of-the-art data visualization tool at their disposal for making critical decisions. Guide K12’s geovisual analytics integrates student information systems with interactive web-based software to enable administrators to filter on any characteristic and run instant queries. Administrators feel confident expanding a school’s boundary or offering a specific program based on the data the system provides.

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