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Inquiry and Design Thinking

The process of inquiry is at the heart of our campus design.We see research as a tool in the innovative process. Children can research ideas in the Lenhardt Library, watch them come to life in the Ward DREAMlabs, and apply them collaboratively in the outdoor spaces. The environment is a primary element in our vision for innovation because of the wide range of opportunities it provides in the learning process with our students. Throughout our campus, students engage with both the learning space and the learning process—elevating the entire learning experience.
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All Saints Episcopal Day School

Lenhardt Library

The Lenhardt Library, a welcoming, multifunctional space exemplifies our core tenets of community, academic excellence, and character cultivation. The All Saints' library program focuses on students developing an appreciation of books and learning effective research skills. The goals of the program are:

  • To encourage a lifelong appreciation of literature and learning through reading
  • To expose students to digital literacy skills
  • To enable students to locate and critically evaluate information
  • To promote and support multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects
  • To educate students on the use of appropriate resources and to empower students to use databases and research engines for research projects

The library is accessible to all of our families at various times throughout the week. Lower school students have a weekly class when they visit the library to read, learn skills, and check out books. Throughout all grades the library is used as a hub for research and learning by individual students, groups, and classes.

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Library with blue benches
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Library Resources

Destiny School CatalogUse this link to open the library's catalog and see what resources are available.

Cite This For MeCreate an accurate citation for a bibliography.

CultureGramsAccess detailed country information hard to find through Google: country customs, courtesies, and lifestyle. Ask the librarian for the username and password if accessing off-campus.

CIA World FactbookProvides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of countries.

AZ Library Research DatabaseSearch for academic articles from magazines and books. The School's zip code is required to access.

 

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All Saints Episcopal Day School

Ward DREAMlabs

The design thinking program at All Saints' empowers learners to think beyond themselves and use specific resources and tools to aid in the exploration of critical and creative thinking. The goal of the DREAMlabs is to have a space where innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration are at the forefront. Using best-practice research and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, we have created a space that meets the needs of students now, while also being adaptable for the inevitable changes in the future. 

All of our students benefit from the DREAMlabs—whether through technology classes or electives. It is a place where exploration and creation happens for all.

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DREAM lab
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DREAM lab classroom

Technology Curriculum Pillars

The Design Thinking Process
Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the imagination, as well as readily accessible tools, to integrate the needs of others with the possibilities of technology. This process consists of five stages: empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing/reflecting. Projects in the School's technology program are framed using these five stages, not only working to lay the groundwork and structure for all projects, but helping students to break down complex ideas into smaller, more intentional, and more meaningful tasks.

Communication and Collaboration
Students in lower school often work in small groups or with a partner to complete a design thinking project or they may brainstorm ideas when creating with Legos or solving a complex coding problem. Collaborating not only helps students learn from each other, but it also helps to build confidence as they can find different strengths among their group that may not always be noticeable when working individually. Middle school students exhibit the skills of communication and collaboration developed in lower school through the exploration and completion of longer-term, multi-step projects.

Foundational Technology Skills
The third pillar, foundational technology skills, is responsible for developing an understanding of, experience with, and the use of a variety of materials, including high-tech, low-tech, and digital tools. The technology program works closely with other academic departments to help students feel confident and comfortable using the technology that will be a consistent part of their learning.