100 eighth graders will have a new approach to learning as a school within a school builds on project based learning.
In Virginia’s Franklin and Henry Counties, the New Tech Network, a project based curriculum in which multiple courses are taught combined in one class, will be implemented.
The goal at the two schools starting the network are to provide students with a forward thinking educational environment that is innovative and preparing students for the real world of the 21st century learner.
In Franklin County, the New Tech Network began with a screening of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” According to assistant superintendent Sue Rogers, the film prompted the question “What can we do to develop 21st century learners here?”
The New Tech program was first implemented at Magna Vista High School in Henry County four years ago. Franklin County will have the opportunity to enroll next year. The program will be housed in the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration.
“It shows that Franklin County is on the move,” said Brenda Muse, the county’s director of curriculum and instruction.
Next year, 100 eighth grade students in Franklin County will be given the opportunity to enroll in a New Tech program, which will be housed in the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration.