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1 S MALL S CHOOLS MAKING A B IG D IFFERENCE CREATING A NETWORK OF SMALL, HIGH TECH, HIGH IMPACT SCHOOLS

2 INTRODUCING NEW TECH HIGH NEW TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION THE NTHS NETWORK

3 Released Monday, July 7, 2003 At National Educational Computing Conference

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5 NEW TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL OUR MODEL SCHOOL

6 A BRIEF HISTORY “The School That Business Built”

7 QUICK FACTS AND STATS Opened In Students (115 Juniors, 105 Seniors) 9 Core Teachers + Several College Instructors More Than 250 Computers and 30 Software Applications 98% of NTHS Graduates Report Going On To Post- Secondary Education

8 COMMON MISCONCEPTION Technology is the Tool, Not the Focus Less than 20% of our students are interested in pursuing a career in technology.

9 CORE PRINCIPLES Benefits of Small Schools Student Centered, Project and Problem-Based Learning Tied to California Content Standards and School Wide Learning Outcomes Integration and Cooperation Between Curricular Areas In Team Taught, Blocked Classes Building a Professional Culture of Trust and Responsibility Between Staff and Students Infusion of Technology as a Tool for Learning Partnerships with Higher Education and Business Modeling Education Reform

10 NOT YOUR PARENT’S HIGH SCHOOL NTHS Model Encompasses Virtually All National Reform Initiatives School to Career Standards Based Curriculum Curricular Integration Professional Development Tech-Prep Technology Infusion Project/Problem Based Learning Small Schools Authentic Assessment

11 LEARNING OUTCOMES TECHNOLOGY LITERACY COLLABORATION CRITICAL THINKING ORAL COMMUNICATION WRITTEN COMMUNICATION CAREER PREPARATION CITIZENSHIP AND ETHICS CURRICULAR LITERACY (CONTENT STANDARDS)

12 At the core of the New Tech High Learning System’s methodology is a student centered, project and problem based teaching strategy that is tied to both content standards and school wide learning outcomes.

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14 AMERICAN STUDIES United States History American Literature SCIENTIFIC STUDIES Algebra II Physics POLITICAL STUDIES Government/Economics Political Literature 2 teachers, 40 students, meeting for 2 hour blocks each day INTEGRATED COURSES

15 DIGITAL MEDIA COLLEGE COURSES SENIOR PROJECTS PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIOS INTERNSHIPS & COMMUNITY SERVICE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

16 ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY NTHS staff and students use technology to support our methodology of instruction.

17 TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR …  Learning  Curriculum  Communication  Assessment  Scalability Computerized Tutorials On-Line Curriculum E-Library Academic Systems Document Libraries Project Design Template Project Standardization Digital Textbooks Student Parent E-Bulletin Online Curriculum Internship Coordination Digital Gradebooks Student Journals Collaboration Database Learning Logs PBL Unit Library Customizable Templates Support Databases Account Management

18 INFORMATION AGE EDUCATION OLD SCHOOL Teacher has monopoly on information Student seldom asked to create or problem solve Learning is not related to other content areas or real world Student works primarily alone Student feedback is minimal and not geared toward improvement. TECH HIGH SCHOOL Information is accessible from many sources Student is engaged in content based problems and projects Content is integrated with other subjects and real world issues Student feedback is detailed and used for improvement. Student is expected to work with others.

19 INFORMATION AGE EDUCATION OLD SCHOOL Teacher has monopoly on information Student seldom asked to create or problem solve Learning is not related to other content areas or real world Student works primarily alone Student feedback is minimal and not geared toward improvement. TECH HIGH SCHOOL Information is accessible from many sources Student is engaged in content based problems and projects Content is integrated with other subjects and real world issues Student feedback is detailed and used for improvement. Student is expected to work with others. Out of Necessity, NTHS Developed the Tools, Techniques, and Training to Make this Transition.

20 Personalization Projects Exhibitions Digital Portfolios Internships Technology Reinvent the Secondary School Experience!

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22 COMMUNICATION TOOLS STUDENT DATA COLLECTION CURRICULUM LIBRARY DIGITAL PORTFOLIO NTHS GRADEBOOK COLLABORATION EVALUATOR DISCUSSION BULLETIN BOARDS The NTH Learning System ™ is a set of tools and technologies that support a student-centered, project- and problem-based learning environment.

23 TOOLS: PROJECT BRIEFCASE The Project Briefcase allows teachers to put all project materials in one spot for easy student access and to share with other teachers.

24 TOOLS: PROJECT LIBRARY

25 TOOLS: COURSE AGENDA The Course Agenda helps keep complicated projects organized.

26 TOOLS: PEER COLLABORATION EVALUATOR The evaluations are accessible on the web. Students have the option to “publish” the evaluations for use as evidence of their collaboration skills. This is the key to allowing students to demonstrate their performance of our learning outcomes.

27 TOOLS: PRESENTATION EVALUATION DATABASE The evaluations are accessible from the web after the student has marked the evaluation “public”.

28 TOOLS: SKILLS BASED GRADEBOOK

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30 NEW TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION REPLICATION SERVICES FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOLS ACCESS TO NEW TECH HIGH LEARNING SYSTEM

31 NEW TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION Current Mission Statement: “Reinvent the high school experience to enhance educational opportunities for youth in Napa County, in California and in the U.S.” Originally created in 2000 to raise funds and handle external relations for New Technology High School in Napa.

32 NEW TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION Shortly after the Foundation was created, it was awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the creation of a 10 school network in Northern California.

33 WHAT IS REPLICATION The New Technology Foundation is an enabling organization, not a school management organization. The New Technology Foundation does not seek to “franchise” NTHS, rather it seeks to help districts and charter organizations create unique schools built on the core principles of NTHS.

34 Napa Vallejo Rohnert Park Novato Sacramento Oakland (conversion) Davis Anderson REPLICATION PROGRESS Alaska Chicago

35 NTHS Network Quarterly Directors’ Dialogue Meetings “What I most want to thank you for are the Quarterly Directors meetings. The opportunity to gather together with NTF staff and the other school directors is phenomenally important to me. Though I have many opportunities to discuss SNTHS with other administrators in the district, many of our meetings and discussions are not as pertinent to my needs as those at the directors meetings. The extended network of directors with similar school models and goals is a unique situation I highly value.” Howard Mahoney, SNTHS

36 NTHS Network “ Schools are well known for isolating teachers from each other. We ask our students to collaborate, yet we have little or no time to do so ourselves. Time to collaborate with like-minded colleagues is a valuable gift. It not only gives me new ideas and new enthusiasm, it helps me understand what we are asking our students to do.” Debrorah Aufdenspring, Mare Island Technology Academy teacher Quarterly ‘Meeting of the Minds - integrated curricular teams sharing ideas, experiences and curriculum.

37 New Technology Foundation Plans Between 2002 and 2005 the New Technology High School Network, supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will grow to 24 schools in Northern California, Southern California, and the US. New Technology Foundation will continue to develop, capture and share best practices, curriculum, and technology tools to support this unique educational model.

38 NEW TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL Study Tours Winter-Spring 2004 February 18, 2004 March 17, 2004 April 14, 2004

39 Contact Information New Technology Foundation Susan Schilling - CEO Yajome Napa, CA Bob Pearlman


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