Originally, the New Tech Network was a non-profit organization with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, this group offers support to schools of all kinds, as well as research grants and infrastructure support. The organization has also received support from the Carnegie Corporation and KnowledgeWorks Foundation.
Rogers New Technology High School
The new Rogers New Technology High School in Napa, California, is an innovative charter school that focuses on hands-on learning. The school is affiliated with the New Tech Network, a nationwide network of schools that encourages student autonomy and a growth mindset. It will start with a student body of 300 and plans to add one grade level per year. The school will hold open houses for prospective families and community members to see what it has to offer.
The school opened with 290 ninth and tenth-grade students in 2013-14. It currently serves about 400 ninth and tenth-grade students and is expected to grow to 600 students in the coming years. Although it offers a unique educational experience, students used to traditional education will need to get used to working in rows.
Tech Valley High School
Tech Valley High School is a regional public high school that offers a STEM-focused education. The school’s educational model incorporates project-based learning and collaboration. Students engage in hands-on projects that apply New York State learning standards. Partnerships with area colleges and businesses further enrich the student’s experience and education.
The New Tech Network is an initiative that supports 21st century schools across the U.S. Tech Valley High School was awarded a $400,000 grant in August 2006 and became the first school in New York State and the Northeast to receive funding through this initiative. Because Tech Valley High School is part of the New Tech Network, it is able to benefit from the collective experience of other New Tech schools and apply innovative practices to improve student learning.
Attwood New Tech Magnet School
New Tech Network schools are dedicated to transforming the way schools teach. They partner with communities, schools, and educators to reimagine education so that students become the leaders of tomorrow. They operate more than 170 schools in the US, including 20 in Indiana. They focus on student voice and choice in the classroom, and emphasize project-based learning.
The New Tech Network recognizes innovative projects that combine academic rigor with active exploration. The results are rich learning experiences that challenge students’ understanding of math and engineering principles. In this case, fifth-graders at Attwood New Tech built and designed individual shelters for local animals in need. They worked with a Lansing architecture and engineering firm to develop their plans, which required them to apply basic geometry knowledge. The students were able to apply engineering design principles to a variety of problems, and their project was recognized as “Best in Network.”
Wayne High School
New Tech Network Wayne High School was recently recognized for its innovative project-based learning program, “The New Tech Academy,” by winning the Best in Network Award. The award recognizes schools throughout the network that create innovative projects that challenge and inspire other schools. Winning projects blend active exploration, application, authenticity, and academic rigor.
As part of their school transformation efforts, the New Tech Network partners with schools to develop student learning outcomes, such as problem-solving, collaborative learning, creativity, and critical thinking. In addition, the organization provides coaching for school leaders and professional development for teachers. This comprehensive approach emphasizes multiple student learning outcomes, a schoolwide culture, and the real-time integration of technology and other learning tools.
West Des Moines Community Schools
A new project-based learning model is coming to the West Des Moines Community Schools. In addition to incorporating technology into classrooms, the program will emphasize collaboration between students and teachers. The program was originally developed in California and is now active in 150 schools in 25 states. West Des Moines’ school board approved a $1.3 million plan to implement the program.
The district’s focus on technology-rich learning has helped it become a national and state leader in technology availability. Its fiber-optic wide-area network, known as WestNET, connects all of the district’s facilities. A partnership between the Des Moines Community Schools and WestNET helped create the network.
Attwood New Tech Academy @ Wayne High School
The Attwood New Tech Academy is a magnet school that is designated for students of choice. The school places a high value on student voice and choice, and Principal Carolyn Laws stresses that students are the center of the school’s success. This includes developing 21st-century skills such as advocacy and speaking up for one’s self.