New Tech Network’s decades of experience guiding schools through comprehensive transformation led to the Four Design Pillars. NTN developed these four categories to bucket the work of whole school transformation and help school communities understand the overarching goals that impact the work through all phases of the school development process.
Outcomes that Matter
NTN schools focus on student outcomes that prepare all students for postsecondary success. The five New Tech Learning Outcomes include: collaboration, knowledge and thinking, written communication, oral communication, and agency.
Teaching that Engages
Instruction in NTN schools focuses on implementing high-quality PBL that supports deeper learning for each student. PBL that supports a more equitable learning environment includes using learner-centered practices, adopting a culturally sustaining approach, supporting students’ literacy development, and integrating assessment practices focused on growth on the learning outcomes.
Culture that Empowers
School and classroom culture at NTN schools is oriented around developing an inclusive and supportive learning community that is asset-based, affirms student identities, and focused on social-emotional well-being and belonging.
Technology that Enables
NTN schools use technology to support collaboration and student-centered learning. Echo, NTN’s learning management system, supports project-based learning and features an innovative gradebook that aligns to the deeper learning skills students will need in college and career. Digital tools, cultivated and aligned content, and a community of shared learning are integrated to create a powerful platform to support student and adult learning.