07 Alumni Schools
09 New Tech Teams
09 Australian Schools
164 Member Schools
Evidence. Research. Purpose.
2020 is a year for the history books. Whether, in five or ten years, 2020 will be cited as the beginning of broad-scale education transformation in the United States remains to be seen. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt, and possibly change forever, how we think about teaching and learning.
We continue to adapt, alongside our partner schools, in the ways we support teachers and school leaders to help create meaningful distance-learning for students. Our nearly 20-year track record of innovative redesign efforts have resulted in schools that reflect what parents want for their children and what education leaders want for their teachers. This partnership model enables rapid change and lasting impact for teachers, students, and their communities.
The foundations of our school model made it relatively seamless for NTN partner schools to switch to home-based learning when schools closed their physical doors. By attending to culture, deeper learning outcomes, and a pervasive use of technology anchored to instructional pedagogy, New Tech Network teachers and students kept the learning going in this momentous and challenging year.
We know that schools are much more than grades and test scores – they nurture and nourish every aspect of our learners’ development. 2020 has reinforced the critical role schools play in our towns and cities. It has also made the inequities glaringly clear and brought these inequities into sharp focus.
When every child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or income status – has access to a meaningful and inclusive learning environment focused on preparation for college and career, we help create a path to a bright future for students and their communities. At NTN, we believe all students are capable of great achievements and acknowledge that schools, by design, play a critical role in creating the conditions for student success.
2020 has only increased our appreciation and gratitude for the 200+ schools in our network. We stand ready and able to help more districts on their unique journeys to transform teaching and learning. We never arrive with all the answers, rather, we provide the blueprints and local communities customize our model to best meet the desires held by schools and the families they serve.
We’re up to the challenge of 2020 and beyond, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you.
President & CEO
07 Alumni Schools
09 New Tech Teams
09 Australian Schools
164 Member Schools
21 Affiliate Schools
02 Echo Affiliate Schools
11 NTN College Access Network Schools*
221 Total Number of Schools
Number of Member schools
Number of Affiliate schools
Number of NTN College Access Network schools
*NTN College Access Network schools do not all share the same Network membership affiliation and their different statuses are reflected in the total number of schools.
New Tech Network (NTN) pioneers whole school transformation through high-quality project-based learning (PBL). NTN partners with schools and districts to challenge the status quo. Our coaches work directly with teachers and administrators to improve outcomes for students. The NTN school model and tailored coaching and support cultivate a culture of empowerment, discovery, and innovation. Most importantly, students graduate prepared for the demands of the future. Students need to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills; they must learn how to find and apply content knowledge – not just memorize it. When NTN partner schools experience shifts in culture and instruction as part of a comprehensive approach to education, those schools consistently experience positive outcomes for students – particularly students historically situated farthest from opportunity. Educators have access to thousands of resources and develop relationships with other education professionals.
New Tech Network’s mission is to partner with districts and communities to transform schools into innovative learning environments so that all students graduate ready for college and career. NTN believes that every student and adult has the capacity to learn and to improve and that authentic, meaningful learning is rooted in inquiry, reflection, and agency. Schools are the most powerful unit of change in providing each child with equal access to high-quality education.
When every child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or income status – has access to a meaningful and inclusive learning environment focused on preparation for college and career, we help create a path to a bright future for students and their communities.
At NTN, we believe all students are capable of great achievements and acknowledge that schools, by design, play a critical role in creating the conditions for student success. We also acknowledge that disparities in student outcomes are primarily the result of unequal or inadequate educational opportunities, known as “opportunity gaps.” These opportunity gaps disproportionately impact under-represented students, most specifically, students of color and students living in poverty. We believe these gaps must be brought to the surface and addressed head-on. Left unchecked, systemic inequities will continue to negatively impact students and their communities.
As a nonprofit education organization committed to transforming teaching and learning so that all students can thrive, we are focused on deepening our knowledge, awareness, and capacity around all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aspire to become an anti-racist organization that contributes to the formation of a just and equitable society, and we recognize that work must start with ourselves and be ongoing and deliberate. While the work is complex, we are dedicated to our equity journey, including persevering through challenges and openly sharing our learning.
|Total NTN Students||Total Elementary School||Total Middle School||Total High School||NTN School Range||K-12 Students Across the U.S.5|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||1%||1%||<1%||<1%||0-26%||1%|
|Multi-Racial, Other, PNTS||5%||7%||6%||4%||0-24%||4%|
|English Language Learners^||10%||19%||9%||6%||0-79%||10%|
|Free and Reduced Lunch^||57%||67%||55%||53%||0-100%||52%|
* Demographic categories are aligned with National Cener for Education Statistics (NCES) reporting to enable comparisons.
^ Weighted average percent in Network schools rather than total percent of NTN students.
Data-driven results. Initial findings from the quality assurance review of event data suggest:6
1 School-level information on student enrollment, demographics, and graduation rates is sourced from the schools and publicly available sources such as the U.S. Department of Education databases. College outcomes are sourced from National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). Comparison data is sourced from NSC (https://nscresearchcenter.org tag/persistence/) and NCES (https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/).
2 Rickles, J., Zeiser, K., Yang, R., O’Day, J., Garet, M.S. (2019) Promoting Deeper Learning in High School: Evidence of Opportunities and Outcomes. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 41 (2). https://doi.org/10.3102/0162373719837949
3 Hinnant-Crawford, B. & Virtue, E. (2019). New Tech Network Comparative Analysis: Non-Academic Outcomes in Three States. Internal Report. New Tech Network, Napa, CA.
4 Muller, P. & Hiller, S. (2020). Potential Impacts of the New Tech Network (NTN) Middle Grades Education Experience on Student Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes. Internal report.
5 Lynch, S. J., Peters Burton, E., Behrend, T. House, A. Ford, M. Spillane, N., Matray, S., Han, E., Means, B. (2018). Understanding Inclusive STEM High Schools as Opportunity Structures for Underrepresented Students: Critical Components. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 55, 712 748
6 Bergeron, L. (2019, November). Leveraging evaluation data to support change management across schools and districts. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Associations, Minneapolis, MN.