The Power of Us Award

July 9, 2018

Calling All New Tech Network  Educators! 

At the New Tech Annual conference in July 2018, we announced the The Power of Us Award. The goal of the award is simple-to inspire and connect educators across our New Tech Network of over 200 schools. We are pleased to announce the second Power of Us Award submission process will open September 15th, 2019 and proposals must be received by November 1st, 2019 to be considered.

Our foundational belief is that schools get better by being part of a community, and that school networks can solve the most complex challenge we face today: closing the opportunity gap for all students. All students deserves the opportunity to pursue the life paths of their choosing.  

Each and every educator in the Network is a driving force for innovation in education. Our hope is to become a knowledge network where we can face shared challenges and solutions together.

We invite all New Tech Network educators to apply. The process is simple and we can help find a partner if needed. 

 My big take-away is how rich and relevant it was to collaborate with a school that shares common practices.  We jumped right in to find practical take-aways and philosophical approaches that will impact our schools, our facilitation, and our students.

-Cindy McMahon, Principal of The Community School

Learn more in the Power of Us FAQ.

Applications Due by November  1, 2019. 


What is it? 

New Tech Network is offering awards to stimulate more cross-school interaction and collaborative learning/work within the network. 


Our hope is to curate, refine and share compelling examples of cross-school collaboration to increase the level of connection between members of the Network. This could be work between schools or between individuals from differing schools. 


To receive “The Power of Us” award, you first must go through a brief online application process. You can apply as an individual and ask to be paired with another member of the network (outside of your own school) or you can apply to participate with another member of the network (outside of your own school) if you have one in mind or are currently working with someone on a project. 

What’s Expected? 

The expectation is that two or more people/schools within the network work together to collaborate and learn around a specific idea/topic. It is also expected that this work is shared with others in the Network in some way, shape or form. Ideas for work might be but are not limited to: 

-a classroom project

-a whole school project

-work around a specific learning outcome

-building culture



-implementing rubrics


-and so much more. 

How Might the Money Be Used? 

Awards will be granted in the amount of $2000 and can go up to $3,000 if more than two schools are involved, or individuals from more than two schools work together. Monies for this project could possibly be used, but is not limited to: 

-travel to an event/conference

-fees for attending 

-travel for visiting your teammate

-materials needed for the project

-and more…