New Tech Network Announces New School Openings

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Students graduating ready for college and career drives growth

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"There are no silver bullets to improve education in this country; there are, however, clear paths to re-imagine teaching and learning that produce outcomes we want for all students," said CEO Dobyns.

New Tech Network (NTN), a national non-profit school development organization, today announced that "Back to School" means the opening of 24 new schools in the U.S. These new schools bring the network to 175 K-12 public district and charter schools in 28 states. The Network’s growth, opening more than 112 schools in five years, is due in large part to consistently strong student outcomes, preparing students for post-secondary paths.

“This is the fifth consecutive year we have seen more than 20 new schools open,” said Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network. “The diversity of schools and student populations served are strong indications that more communities around the country want to implement the New Tech school model to ensure all students graduate prepared for college and career.”

New schools include a military academy in Delaware ─ First State Military Academy in Clayton, Delaware ─ and New Tech Academy at Alice Robertson Jr. HS, serving predominantly Native American students in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

NTN's mission is to support schools and school districts to ensure students gain the knowledge and deeper learning skills necessary to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. More than 90 percent of the schools in the Network are operated within public school districts, as both neighborhood schools and schools of choice. NTN provides the tools and resources necessary to implement the New Tech school model, including professional development, coaching, access to the Echo software platform and national events for teachers and school leaders. Students in New Tech Network schools gain the content knowledge, critical thinking, collaboration, oral and written communication skills, as well as personal agency skills that will lead them to success in post-secondary education and career pursuits.

NTN offers district-wide support strategies and has fostered the spread of the model to elementary, middle and high schools. Coherence around a common vision of desired student learning is critical. NTN provides support services that focus on building greater alignment between the work of New Tech schools and of district systems to the overarching vision of the district. New Tech Network recently released its 2015 Data Report showing a higher than national average rate of high school graduation and college enrollment from NTN schools located in diverse communities across the country.

The New Tech school model is based on teaching that engages through Project Based Learning (PBL) as well as the pervasive use of technology and access to online resources. The NTN Model also focuses on building a culture that empowers adults and students and assessing student outcomes to assure all students graduate college and career ready.

"The kinds of transformation we support affect all aspects of the school system. There are no silver bullets to improve education in this country; there are, however, clear paths to re-imagine teaching and learning that produce outcomes we want for all students,” said Dobyns.

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