New Tech Network president Lydia Dobyns announced Thursday, Sept. 1, that Anson New Tech High School was selected as a National Demonstration Site in the New Tech Network (NTN).
Anson New Tech epitomized one of the best examples of the New Tech mission — to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. To receive this distinction of excellence, Anson New Tech achieved many notable accomplishments.
The school had to develop a clear set of student learning outcomes consistent with skills required to succeed in college or career. These include content mastery tied to state standards as well as work ethic/collaboration, critical thinking and oral and written communications. All courses must demonstrate rigorous and relevant Project-Based Learning (PBL) to amplify learning while engaging students in the classroom. The deep integration of technology must be present in all classrooms. Finally, a school culture that establishes students at the center, built on trust, respect and responsibility must be evident throughout the school.
Anson New Tech opened in 2007 with its first class of freshman. The school, located in Wadesboro, is now in its fifth year. Principal Chris Stinson detailed the steps his school has taken to achieve NTN Demonstration site status.
“We opened in 2007 and were immediately challenged with a new way to re-imagine teaching and learning. This past year, we have seen amazing examples of engaged students. It was evident through our hard work, our students are not only better prepared for life and college, they have achieved a deep love of learning,” he said.
Demonstration site schools also play a key role in the expansion of the New Tech Network. Anson New Tech will host tours for interested national, state and local schools who want to see a New Tech school firsthand. Visitors will take part in student-led tours to learn about the fundamentals of the school, including showcasing exemplary project-based learning, integrated use of technology and unique aspects of the school culture. Last year, NTN schools hosted thousands of visitors wishing to experience a New Tech high school. In addition, demonstration sites host national and regional New Tech training events for teachers and administrators.
“These schools are exemplary schools within the New Tech Network. Each school has shown enormous dedication and creativity all centered around providing students with the learning experiences essential to successful post-secondary paths. These students will graduate prepared for college and career options,” said Dobyns.