New Tech began in Napa, California in the mid-90’s. Local business owners were concerned that the current education, although good, was not enough to produce graduates with the skills needed for the new economy. The business and community leaders came together with the school district and opened Napa New Technology High School in 1996. NNTHS thrived and in 2001, New Tech received a six million dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to open 14 new schools. New Tech now supports 120 different schools, with more being added every year.
For more information on the history of New Tech, visit www.newtechnetwork.org/our-story
TRUST, RESPECT, AND RESPONSIBILITY
New Tech schools use a different model of learning and teaching compared to traditional high school. Incorporating a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility, students learn to take ownership of their actions and their school experience. “Teachers” in New Tech are called facilitators; and they are there to guide and coach so the student has room to take control of his or her learning and become an active participant.
WHAT IS PROJECT-BASED LEARNING?
Project-based learning combines learning subject content with practicing 21st century skills. Students are given in-depth and real-life projects and while working in groups, the students conduct research, collaborate, and discover real-life solutions. In the process of discovery, students are learning critical thinking and organizational skills, leadership skills, time management, and work ethic and collaboration abilities. Most projects end with a presentation giving students the chance to share their real-life solutions with classmates.
For more information on project-based learning, visit http://www.bie.org/about/what_is_pbl
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