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New Tech Extreme School Makeover


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Presentation from CUE 2010 on how the New Tech High School model transforms the culture, technology, and instruction at a school.

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New Tech Extreme School Makeover

  1. 1. Paul Curtis & Chris Walsh New Tech Network March 4, 2010
  2. 2. Your Need to Knows The NTK Bin
  3. 3. Our Kids Need Help
  4. 6. Demolition Time
  5. 7. Blow it up! Teacher centered Student centered Working alone on short, simple tasks Working in teams on long, complex tasks Accountable to teacher Accountable to peers Passive learning Active learning Static information Dynamic information
  6. 8. Design Time
  7. 9. Developed by business leaders <ul><li>New Tech was started by community and business leaders </li></ul><ul><li>It was designed to mirror the workplace through the use of real-world projects, relevant technology, and professional interactions </li></ul>
  8. 10. Design Principles <ul><li>Technology is not optional; it’s as necessary as water </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It does not replace good instruction, it amplifies it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 st century skills are essential to student success in college, world of work, and life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning requires engagement and relevancy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect learning to real life contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Externalize the enemy” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone learns based on a personal “Need to Know” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships connect content to real world </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Design Principles <ul><li>Students do not all learn the same way or at the same pace </li></ul><ul><li>There’s more than one right answer to a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to direct experience with “next steps” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College courses on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business and community leaders on campus </li></ul></ul>more >
  10. 12. Design Principles <ul><li>Relationships matter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every teacher must know every kids name </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environment matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible, open spaces facilitate communication and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers must be curriculum designers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates customization to student needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps teachers engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What gets measured is what gets done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content mastery/state standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded 21 st century skills </li></ul></ul>more > more >
  11. 13. The Tools
  12. 14. New Tech Tools <ul><li>Startup Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>Training Events & Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>New Tech Learning Platform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PBL focused LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st century skills gradebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email Discussion Groups </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Build: The Foundation
  14. 16. Commitment Criteria <ul><li>Core Materials </li></ul><ul><li>School autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Small high schools of 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous technology </li></ul><ul><li>Project-based learning as core instructional model </li></ul><ul><li>Required training </li></ul>
  15. 17. Lessons Learned: > Shared vision matters > Think systemically
  16. 18. Build: The Space
  17. 19. Learning Space Matters <ul><li>Core Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Visual transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Large, open classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Wide corridors </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Casual gathering spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Modern, professional look </li></ul><ul><li>No bells </li></ul>
  18. 20. Megan Video Clip
  19. 21. Megan Video Clip
  20. 22. Megan Video Clip
  21. 23. <ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned: > You don’t have to break the bank </li></ul></ul>
  22. 24. Build: The Culture
  23. 25. Collaborative Culture <ul><li>Raw Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Trust – Respect – Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful Effort to Cultivate Positive Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Decision Making </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Team Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Student Groupwork </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Consequences for Student Behavior </li></ul>
  24. 26. Lessons Learned: > Early investment in a positive culture really pays off
  25. 27. Build: The Curriculum
  26. 28. Project-Based Learning <ul><li>Core Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Whole school implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Embed standards in projects </li></ul><ul><li>Use of school-wide learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized project components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entry Event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubric Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Differentiated Scaffolding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. A new instructional approach TEACHER: An active mentor and collaborator in the learning process PROJECT Project Based Learning
  28. 30. A new instructional approach TEACHER: An active mentor and collaborator in the learning process PROJECT Project Based Learning I know why I’m learning this and I care about it, too. We met people in our community who are affected by our project. I know I have the experiences and skills I need for the future. I feel like my classmates understand me and we’re working towards a common goal. I’ve hit an obstacle that I need help to overcome.
  29. 32. “ Move that bus!”
  30. 33. The Final Result Megan Video Clip
  31. 34. OMG! What Alumni Say
  32. 35. <ul><li>“ It’s a community. It’s a family. Everybody cares about each other here. That’s what makes it a success.” </li></ul>Christian Martinez Senior, Sacramento New Technology High School
  33. 36. Schools transformed: 40 AND GROWING!
  34. 37. Your Need to Knows The NTK Bin
  35. 38. Paul Curtis & Chris Walsh pcurtis [at] cwalsh [at]