From the New Tech Network
New Tech Network helps high school students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow. We work nationwide with schools, districts, and communities to provide services and support that enable schools to implement innovative high schools that promote deeper learning.
We began in the mid-90s in Napa, California. The local schools were meeting education standards, and the community thought of Napa High School as a good school. However, local business leaders remained concerned that meeting basic standards would not be enough to ensure that students were graduating with the skills needed to meet the needs of the new economy.
These business and community leaders decided to make a difference. Working with the local school district, they began researching innovations in education to re-imagine what a truly great school might be like. In 1996, the Napa Valley Unified School District established Napa New Technology High School with the first class of 100 students. Today, our name is New Tech Network and we support 62 public high schools in 14 states.
A Student's Story
"On my first day, I knew immediately that New Technology High School was different - computers on every table, glass walls, and classroom seating focused on interaction among students as opposed to in rows looking at the teachers. Throughout my time there, I developed the technological savvy that defines the "Tech" of New Tech. I learned how to use word procession, spreadsheet, and presentation tools. I designed a website, and I used multi-media and imaging programs. More important, I learned that one of New Tech's greatest successes comes from placing the student in the "driver's seat" through project-based learning." ...
New Tech Network High School Locations
The below statements are examples Kent Innovation High School seeks to follow. With the Superintendents' help, we will create a very different kind of school which will inspire and spur innovation that lasts in every one of our high schools.
Excerpt from "The Personalized High School"
by Joseph A. DiMartino & Denise L. Wolk, Jossey-Bass Publishers
"New Tech High didn't evolve its way to become a twenty-first century school. New Tech did not adopt pilot programs or attempt partial implementation of new teaching methods. New Tech was created to be a twenty-first century school from the ground up." ...
"One of the key factors to New Tech High's early success was that it wasn't laid on top of an existing school or program.... Because it was a new school, the staff at New Tech High was able to institutionalize reform, making it the norm instead of the exception. Before the doors opened, the creators evaluated current education research, visited successful schools and studied effective programs. All of that knowledge was integrated into a cohesive plan for redefining every level of the hierarchy to meet the needs of a twenty-first century school." ...
"The Napa Unified School district's school board, working with the business community, decided that rather than trying to change the comprehensive high school, they would create a model school that would incubate innovative ideas and become a learning opportunity for the rest of the district's staff."