Measuring Outcomes
that Matter

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

WE BELIEVE...

Successful students should leave school with the skills and abilities to thrive in the workforce – whether they enter the workforce immediately, choose to attend college, or work while continuing their education.

Higher academic and business community are demanding different skills from employees and college students. Businesses are no longer aligned with the way traditional school is taught.

The workforce is changing jobs at such a rapid rate that the future of jobs is uncertain. Many of the jobs that current students will have are not yet invented.

NEW TECH NETWORK
PLANNING GRANT

In a landmark move, the Texas legislature recently passed HB 3, which offers a financial incentive for engaging in school design and professional development with New Tech Network. In the Career and Technology Education section of HB 3, schools are entitled to supplemental funding if they have daily attendance in approved CTE courses. Campuses that are New Tech Network members qualify for an additional $50 per student allotment.
The purpose of this Planning Grant is to provide competitive grants to up to 10 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 Texas schools.  

Apply today! The Planning Grant Application closes on September 16, 2019 and takes just a few minutes to apply.

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Data that Supports Our Work

School Leaders Say...

I wanted teachers to see a different way to teach. Our schools look different. It’s more meaningful and like life. I wanted to create a buzz. People walk through the hallways and think that they can do something better. It’s hard not to get excited when you see it. It’s about sprinkling those seeds of working in a different way.
Juan Cabrera
Superintendent, El Paso Independent School District
I had one student that English was his second language, and I’ve seen how the project-based model has helped him grow since he has to communicate with his classmates so frequently. Group projects help students open up and not be shy.
Bianca Provinco
Teacher, Hart Elementary School
I am very intentional about what it is and what it’s not. I ask our parents to close their eyes and envision school. Then, I tell them to shake it around and flip it. It’s structured chaos. It’s loud and it looks like fun. Because we have supported them with agency skills they stay focused. Our scores are still higher than everyone else. We read professional articles, books, fiction and non-fiction. We show them pictures of their kids in action.
Cynthia Ontiveros
Principal, Young Women's STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy and Armendariz Middle School

From the Desk Of...

By Tim Presiado, Chief Operating Officer, New Tech Network

Sound reasoning requires two distinct features: a good form, and good substance. Aristotle spoke to the form when he first crafted the syllogism:

“All men are mortal.
Socrates is a man.
Therefore, Socrates is mortal.”

Simple, but powerful. But form isn’t enough. It’s the substance that makes it true. Much of 20th and 21st-century education has been dominated by the following school of thought:

“Good students pass tests.
Schools want to produce good students.
Therefore, schools want to help students pass tests.”

For too long, many have never questioned the form of this argument. We’ve accepted it looked sound. For two decades New Tech Network has questioned the premise, the substance, that grounds that argument. Does that line of thinking make sense? Or does its form hide the truth – that there is no substance to what’s there.

Educators want their students to succeed and have the ability to chart their own course. They want students to get the jobs they dream about – jobs that may not even exist yet. Instead of teaching and assessing students to the sorts of workforce skills like agency, collaboration, and communication, they’ve been beholden to the other argument – that good students must be able to pass tests and that scores matter more than skills.

This tension, between what makes sense for students to learn versus what gets students better test scores, is reflected in how schools try to brand themselves. It is a good thing when a school district sets vision and mission goals anchored toward helping students attain skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. But for each new slogan or slideshow or set of values that are set for the big picture, many classrooms are still preparing students as they always have – for the test. Because, as they’ve believed for so long, good students can pass the test.

New Tech Network is about substantive change – about creating safe, supportive school environments where skills for college and career matter just as much as traditional test scores. We support our district partners in crafting bold visions, and then engage with members of their school communities in bringing those aspirations to life. It’s about helping schools see the end they want, for students to succeed in life, and to help them realize the means for getting there isn’t by getting a score on a test, but the skills that will enable them to reach that success. New Tech Network doesn’t aim to add programs around the edges of change – we aim to change the substance of what we think of when we think of success.

Student success, then, isn’t about performance on a test, but about holistic performance in the work that the students are challenged to complete. It’s about giving students the skills to define who they are. And we believe they are more than just a number correct out of a total number of questions. We believe that students should be part of school communities to start their journey of self-definition. We believe that students should be pushed beyond their comfort zones in how they think. We believe that students ought to question, as we must, whether the beliefs and principles on which they rely are sound, in both form and substance.

New Tech Network believes:

1. Successful students should leave school with the skills and abilities to thrive in the workforce.

2. Students graduating from New Tech Network schools leave with the skills and abilities to thrive in the workforce.

3. Therefore, New Tech Network enables students to be successful.

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

New Tech Network's Vision

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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