President Obama’s Visit to New Tech Network High School Will Showcase STEM and Workforce Development

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Manor New Technology High School is part of KnowledgeWorks’ New Tech Network subsidiary, whose approach to learning is helping to prepare students for college and careers.

Lydia Dobyns

President Obama’s visit to Manor New Tech is great validation of the hard work thousands of teachers are doing in New Tech schools around the country.

President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit today to Manor New Technology High School in Austin, Texas is expected to highlight how the New Tech Network school approach is helping students prepare college and work life.

The president is scheduled to visit Manor as part of his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours,” according to a White House press release. Last month, the President announced a $300 million high school redesign initiative in his FY14 budget to ensure that America’s high schools prepare students for success in college and our workforce. The White House said students at Manor New Tech are learning the real-world skills they need to fill the jobs that are available right now. New Tech Network directly supports teachers and school leaders with a systematic and strategic process to transform teaching and learning. New Tech Network is a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, a social enterprise that is creating sustainable improvement in student readiness for college and careers.

KnowledgeWorks Interim CEO Timothy Tuff, a venture capitalist, said the fact that President Obama is visiting Manor New Tech acknowledges an important link between policy, economic prosperity and a sound education system.

“It’s exciting to see the Administration make the connection between a great education and a strong economy,” Tuff said. “President Obama will see students collaborating on projects that require critical thinking and communication."

KnowledgeWorks released a report in March responding to the President’s call for a new high school reform program. The report, High School Race to the Top:10 Essential Elements for High School Reform and College and Career Ready Success, is the culmination of KnowledgeWorks recent educational forecast— Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem—and lessons from the foundation’s work transforming America’s high schools.

The report offers a new vision for education that puts students at the center, empowering them to explore their interests and learning styles with the support of a wide range of learning experts. These elements, which include concepts such as allowing students to advance upon mastery instead of time, elevating student voice, integrating blended learning, and rapid personalization, represent the best emerging strategies in education reform.

New Tech Network is a national non-profit organization providing professional development, teacher and school leader coaching, training and a learning management system to 120 schools in 18 states and Australia. Each school's context is different; it is local leadership, judgment and adaptability that lead to long term success.

NTN President Lydia Dobyns said, “President Obama’s visit to Manor New Tech is great validation of the hard work thousands of teachers are doing in New Tech schools around the country. In particular, Manor New Tech’s focus on Science Technology, Engineering and Math highlights our success in truly preparing high school students for college and career paths.”

New Tech Network is one of the fastest-growing replicable public school district innovation approaches in the United States.

Arkansas selected New Tech as the foundation of its statewide STEM initiative, STEM Works. The state of Indiana embraced NTN for statewide educational change with more than 20 schools that were central to the state’s plan to spur economic development and increase global and academic competitiveness.

The NTN 2013 Student Outcomes Report offers compelling evidence that public school innovation envisioned by New Tech Network can and does lead to success for students from diverse backgrounds, in rural, urban and suburban schools across the United States.

KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise that seeks to create sustainable improvement in U.S. student readiness for college and careers by incubating innovative schools, influencing education policy, and engaging in education research and development.

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