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George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa named Spotlight School by New Tech Network
George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa (NTO) announced today that it received the distinction as an Ignite Spotlight School by the New Tech Network (NTN). NTN, a leading design partner for comprehensive K – 12 school change, recognizes Spotlight Schools as schools that examine the strengths and challenges of their practices in the context of the NTN design pillars: outcomes that matter, teaching that engages, culture that empowers and technology that enables. These pillars organize the work of whole-school transformation and help school communities understand the overarching goals that impact all phases of the school development process, helping students develop the skills required to succeed in college, career or civic life. NTO has been a member of the Network since 2011.
To receive this distinction NTO engaged in collaborative reflection to connect their work to equitable teaching strategies thereby highlighting an approach central to their success for meeting the needs of all learners. NTO also detailed strategies for ongoing teacher development and how that translates to a meaningful classroom experience for students. NTO designed a learning opportunity about their featured practice to support a national education community.
NTO is a part of the Ector County Independent School district in Odessa, Texas. NTO currently serves 375 students, grades 9th – 12th, and utilizes project-based learning in all courses. Students are allowed to travel to the large comprehensive high schools for UIL and other course offerings. It’s leader and principal, Gerardo Ramirez, shared, “We are really excited about this designation. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to share our work and also learn from other schools across the country. We were especially excited to show our work in the area of school culture. It is a testament of the hard work of our learners, facilitators, staff, and learning community.”
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About New Tech Network
New Tech Network, a national nonprofit organization, is a leading design partner for comprehensive K-12 school change. NTN has successfully guided over 200 schools and districts in 28 states with a whole school, systemic approach where student skills are valued as much as test scores. New Tech Network provides professional development and coaching for teachers and school leaders to inspire and engage all students through authentic and challenging work. The New Tech school model features multiple student learning outcomes combined with pervasive project-based learning, an inclusive school-wide culture and the real-world use of technology tools and resources.