As the needs of the workforce continue to adapt and change in the age of technology, so must the education of our students. The addition of the elementary school currently being built on Alpharetta Hwy has added new fuel to the discussion on innovation in education.
How do we in Roswell best prepare our students to re-enter the community as successful, confident professionals with the skills to overcome any future challenges? How can we foster a culture of achievement and creativity within our homes and businesses? These are just a couple of the questions being asked by The Atlanta K12 Design Challenge. The AK12DC is a collaboration between Atlanta area independent schools, Fulton County Schools and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University to best establish a path for positive growth and change in our classrooms.
This is a long-term, multi-phase project with 11 participating schools around the Atlanta area. Roswell is represented in these discussions by Mountain Park Elementary School. Among AK12DC’s goals are strengthening the relationships between public and independent schools, finding new ways to reimagine education, fostering innovation in an educational environment and implementing “design thinking” as a way to problem solve.
Additionally, each participating school addressed a specific challenge they wished to explore through the design thinking process at the next intensive “design summit.” “AK12DC and design thinking has been a natural fit for Fulton County Schools given our push for creative and innovative solutions through the charter system model,” said Korynn Schooley, the district’s director of School Governance and Flexibility.
These collaborations, along with an intense commitment to innovative thinking, can only benefit the growing population of Roswell. The city’s needs will continue to shift and change, as will its economy. Because of education initiatives like the AK12DC, our citizens will be ready and armed to meet these challenges with the best possible tools and problem solving skills.