A Path to Innovation
New Tech Network’s experience is rooted in the belief that to build and sustain innovative schools, districts need to address the whole school ecosystem. Innovation efforts come and go. Too often, they focus on an individual teacher, leader or department not the collective capacity of the entire school.
To achieve consistent deeper learning outcomes for all students, the NTN school design combines project-based learning with an engaged student culture and the real-world use of technology.
We take project-based learning from something schools “do” to the way schools “are” through our expert coaching, tools, and personalized pathways for adult learners. The resulting shift goes beyond teaching practices to a school culture that provides the skills students need when they enter real life–skills like collaboration and communication.
Our journey begins with vision-setting and moves schools and districts from traditional practices to the deeper learning outcomes we want for all students. We specialize in the connection between a collaborative professional culture and high student achievement.
We support teachers, leadership teams, and the whole school team through three key structures: events, coaching, and tools and resources in Echo, the NTN project-based platform.
The New Tech Network Model for school success is based on four design pillars:
New Tech Network learning outcomes measure collaboration, written and oral communication, and the development of student responsibility for their own learning, or agency.
Our shared vision for student success – college and career readiness for all students – has a very specific meaning in the Network. What we mean is that every graduate of an NTN school leaves aware, eligible, and prepared to pursue postsecondary education or training.
Project-based learning (PBL) is at the heart of our instructional approach.
In PBL, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and communication in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts.
New Tech Network makes learning relevant. We create a highly collaborative school-wide learning culture. Students become connected to, engaged with, and challenged by their school, their teachers, and their peers.
Each NTN partner school promotes a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility; this culture encompasses both student and professional culture. At NTN schools, students and teachers alike have ownership over the learning experience, and their school environment. Educators collaborate in integrated interdisciplinary, team-taught classes, use collaborative protocols to provide constructive feedback, and share the leadership of the learning community.
Echo supports project-based learning and features an innovative gradebook that aligns to the deeper learning skills students will need in college and career.
Digital tools, cultivated and aligned content, and a community of shared learning are integrated to create a powerful platform to support student and adult learning.