The Innovation & Design curriculum at The John Thomas Dye School is based on five dynamic principles designed to provide our students with the skills they need to succeed in an ever evolving world.
Academic Technology Skills, Coding and Robotics, Engineering and Design, STEAM and Cross-curricular study, and Digital Citizenship are interwoven to cultivate a well-rounded fluency with technology. Students learn not only how to navigate technology, but how to adapt alongside it to enhance their learning and make informed decisions as digital citizens.

List of 5 items.

  • Academic Technology Skills

  • Coding and Robotics

  • Digital Citizenship

  • Engineering and Design

  • STEAM and Cross-curricular study

Technology Across All Areas
We recognize that a technology curriculum is best implemented in connection with other content areas (e.g., the arts, mathematics, social studies, literature, and science.).
The hardware and building tools in the Innovation & Design Center (IDC), as well as classroom technology, both facilitates and enhances teaching and learning. Students in grades K-6 use process thinking to complete hands-on, project-based, and cross-curricular activities. Not only does this provide students the opportunity to apply unique solutions to real-world problems, but exposes them to a variety of scenarios in which to apply real-world uses of technology. Through this process students sharpen problem-solving skills and resiliency, which furthers their impact on the world as digital citizens.
JTD students are able to engage with technology in a variety of ways both in the IDC and throughout the campus. Students in the IDC have 1:1 access to MacBooks and iPads, as well as a variety of cutting edge tools like 3D printers, AR/VR equipment, Wacom drawing tablets, Lego EV3 Robotics kits, Dash robots, and various interactive supplies. Additionally, the IDC contains a high-res mirrored display as well as a SMARTBoard. This is further supplemented by SMARTBoard technology in all K-6 classrooms. Students in grades 4-6 receive individual Chromebooks for use throughout all academic classes. Grades K-3 have access to shared MacBooks and iPads within their homerooms to further enhance academic technology skills. The John Thomas Dye School is a participant in Google for Education, providing an online platform for a shared learning experience.

The inSTED Team

List of 5 members.

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    Tom Johnson 

    inSTED Teacher
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    Molly Meek 

    inSTED Teacher
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  • Photo of Dana  Uppal

    Dana  Uppal 

    inSTED Teacher
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    Emma  Hedgcock 

    Education Technology Coordinator and Integration Specialist
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  • Photo of Valerie Huntley

    Valerie Huntley 

    Long Term Sub, inSTED
"The IDC is a student-centered space with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation. Technology brings the world into our classrooms, and we send our students out into it with the skills to make it a better place."
- Greg Dunbar , Innovation & Design Center

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.