This has been a very exciting week for us at DeKalb New Tech as the New Tech Network chose us to serve as a host school again, this time for the National Leadership Residency, which brings future directors from all over the nation together to a newly functioning New Tech School for training.
We had over 50 individuals visiting us; each of whom will be starting a New Tech school in their home state in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. They were here for four days (Monday through Thursday).
The future directors were led by School Development Coach Jim May, from New Tech Network. Our students gave the visitors tours of our school showing them our classrooms and explaining from a student’s point of view what goes on in different areas of New Tech; gave presentations on their personal experience transitioning from traditional school to New Tech and showed examples of projects they have worked on this year. They talked about the pros and cons they have encountered with PBL learning and answered any follow up questions that the guests had. The future directors also interviewed with DNT facilitators on how their transition was, going from teaching traditional school and then coming to New Tech as a facilitator, how projects are applied to the community, in addition to collaborating about ideas and concerns. Mr. Toth, our director, also talked with the guests, answered questions and helped Mr. May facilitate the visit. The visitors got a chance to just observe classrooms and watch the New Tech model in action as well.
DNT is very excited for another opportunity to help New Tech expand across the country, and we are very proud of our students for their exceptional support.
Pictured above is Jacob Good giving his tour to ten of our visitors.
Check out this album for a few more pictures from our visit.