THE PROBLEM

Too few of Ohio’s students graduate with the high-demand skills the workforce of the future requires.

OUR SOLUTION

A K-12 systemic approach where high-demand, workforce-aligned skills, and college-going mindsets are valued as much as test scores.

OUR IMPACT

NTN creates lasting change in school systems that result in greater opportunities for all students and graduates prepared for the demands of the future.

A SCHOOL-BASED APPROACH

NTN EDUCATORS SAY
Giving tangible, go-to instructional strategies helps teachers reflect on what the kids engage with and adjust from there. Seeing, and then implementing, these practices, and being able to reflect on the differences has been very beneficial for our teachers.
Latasha Turner
Summit Road Elementary Principal
We recognized we had to do better to prepare kids for the reality they were going to walk into after high school and beyond.
Dr. Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent
NTN schools succeed because of a whole school, systemic approach 
where skills  are valued as much as scores.

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Reynoldsburg City Schools

Reynoldsburg City Schools: A District Vision of Deeper Learning: Structured Purposeful, and Lasting

Winton Woods City School District

District-Wide School Innovation: The Winton Woods City Schools leadership team believes in providing equity, access, and opportunity for all students. The district is partnering with New Tech Network to spread the New Tech school model that features teaching that engages, culture that empowers, outcomes that matter and technology that enables.

Winton Woods City Schools has a mission to innovate the education system, district-wide. Learn how they used the New Tech model to spread project-based learning so that all students engage in deeper learning.

Measuring Outcomes that Matter

In trying to improve student outcomes, educators are faced with a tension between delivering on the promise of workforce readiness skills like agency, collaboration, and communication, while prioritizing traditional content mastery and state assessment efforts. It’s been clear for a long time that state assessments are not an adequate indication of student preparedness. School systems have tried to combat a heavy reliance on test scores by introducing, among other things, new mission and value statements.

At New Tech Network, we are often encouraged when school districts produce new visions for student success, but for every iteration of a District vision statement or shiny new infographic, there are classrooms still “preparing” students in the same way they were taught 100 years ago – sitting in rows, memorizing and regurgitating information, apathetic and unengaged in their own education. Creating and adopting sweeping statements unaccompanied by aligned strategic action do not translate to changes in school and classroom practice.

To deliver on the promise of future success that districts often make to their communities, they must act, not just assess. Crafting bold visions and then tinkering around the edges will not suffice, and will eventually cause more harm than good. The only way to deliver and sustain workforce readiness outcomes is to apply a whole school, or a whole system approach. Adding “bolt-on” programs or new electives cannot change the systemic lack of value given to workforce readiness skills.

New Tech Network dove into a whole school approach to transformation 20 years ago, knowing that the only way to affect change is to be a part of it, on the ground, with school leaders and teachers, in the classrooms.

Even after 20 years, we believe there is no time to waste, as every student deserves the opportunity to attend a school where they are part of a safe, inclusive, affirming community, and deserve to be challenged and engage in complex thinking and problem-solving that will prepare them for whatever path they choose after high school.

In assessing the realities of the working world today, there are three principles that we can all agree on. Not only are they based in logic, they are backed by research.

• Teaching real-world skills embedded into a challenging academic curriculum are important for the success of students, yet students still move through school and graduate unprepared for the next step in their educational or career journey.

• The demands of the higher academic and business community are no longer aligned with the way traditional schools is taught.

• The workforce is changing at such a rapid rate that the jobs many current students will have are not yet in existence.

NTN schools succeed because of a whole school, systemic approach where skills are valued as much as scores.

Better Together

To prepare students for the future, they need to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and learn 
how to find and apply content knowledge, not just memorize it. To tackle this challenge educators cannot
work alone. New Tech Network is just that, a Network, where a group of diverse, driven educators
work together to pioneer learning for the future.

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Apply for a Planning Grant

New Tech Network pioneers whole school transformation through high-quality project-based learning (PBL) and a deep focus on school and classroom culture. Our coaches work directly with teachers and school leadership teams to create learning environments that help all students graduate prepared for the demands of the future.

The purpose of this Planning Grant is to provide competitive grants to applicants with an interest in improving student achievement and attainment by implementing the New Tech Network school model and innovative practices. New Tech Network’s comprehensive approach to school-based innovation through project-based learning and work-based education has a proven track record in K-12 schools.

LET'S CONNECT!

You can connect with one of New Tech Network’s Directors of School and District Development today. Either fill out the form below or send an email directly to Shannon Doody.