New Tech receives international recognition

October 7, 2017
Napa Valley Register

New Technology High School (NTHS) has been named one of the top 100 innovators by Finland-based hundrED, a non-profit dedicated to seeking the top innovations in education.

HundrED’s mission is to help schools change by seeking and sharing inspiring innovations in K12 education, said a news release. All insights and best practices will be documented, packaged and shared with the world as open source.

“We are honored to be named one of the inspiring 100 innovations internationally. We know that in order to best serve our diverse students, we have to continue to innovate and adapt,” said New Tech Principal Riley Johnson.

NTHS will be recognized for the unique style of teaching alongside its deep use of technology integrated into every classroom, said the release. Specifically, HundrED will recognize the school’s use of senior blog portfolios to create a digital resume that follows students from freshman to senior year.

“New Tech High has made great strides in education. They are pioneers in cutting edge education that has helped to create a network of similar schools across the country. Every student deserves an education like this that will prepare them for life after high school and college,” said Napa Valley Unified Superintendent Patrick Sweeney.

Celebrating its 21st year as a leader in educational innovation, NTHS has received numerous recognitions and awards and has prided itself on creating a learning environment that prepares students for the real-world, said the release.

More than 20 years ago, the school was recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which later helped launch a network of over 200 schools using NTHS as a model. In 2015, the school received the California Gold Ribbon School designation.

NTHS will send teachers Lisa Gottfried, Andrew Biggs, and Assistant Principal Susan Miller to the kick-off summit in Helsinki.

“I hope to learn as much as I share. The summit will hold some of the top minds in education. I hope to bring back new ideas that will keep New Tech High on forefront of education,” said Miller.

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