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A MODEL OF 21 ST CENTURY TEACHING & LEARNING: TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. CHALLENGE To create a rigorous, relevant, student-centered learning environment that better prepares all students for the 21 st century. VISION

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A model of 21 st century teaching learning tech valley high school

A MODEL OF 21ST CENTURY TEACHING & LEARNING:TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL


CHALLENGE

To create a rigorous, relevant, student-centered learning environment that better prepares all students for the 21st century.


VISION

Tech Valley High School serves as a model – in the region, the state and beyond – of innovative public education that is based in strong partnerships and focuses on educating and inspiring students to embrace the increasingly important world of math and science.

MISSION

Tech Valley High School provides a unique and innovative student-centered educational opportunity, engages students in current emerging technologies, and supports the growth and economy of the region.


CONTEXT

Our current education system:Built for another era.

American workers:In direct competition with workers around the world.

Tech Valley’s leaders agree:Tomorrow’s workforce must be able to collaborate, think critically, communicate & be self-directed.

New Technology Foundation of Napa, Calif.:Identifies region as “promising” & gives $400,000 grant for high school to be a “replication site.”


A PROVEN MODEL: NEW TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

Established in 1999

Project of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Network of 42 schools across US

Technology tools

Training & professional development/coaching

$400,000 grant to Tech Valley High – its first in NYS & Northeast

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Tech Valley High School in Brief

  • Regional public high school with math-science-technology theme

  • Joint venture of Questar III & Capital Region BOCES

  • Launched in fall 2007 with 40 freshmen by design; 38 more in fall 2008

  • Open to students in 47 school districts in seven counties

  • Diverse student body

  • Located at Pitney Bowes Software; Fall, 2009 will be located at University at Albany East Campus


  • Small school

  • Project-based & student-

    centered learning

  • Integrated curriculum

  • 21st century skills & NYS

    learning standards

  • Technology platform

  • Partnerships

MODEL OF 21ST CENTURY TEACHING & LEARNING:

TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

7. Contributing to high school reform movement


TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL:

SMALL SCHOOL

Why?

  • Better able to establish positive culture

    (respect, responsibility & trust)

  • Individual learning – Student Learning Teams

  • Teachers “share” students, encourage

    collaboration

  • “Professional” environment

  • Students help manage school


  • Real-world challenges & implications

  • Real-world assessment

  • Students find solutions to unforeseen

    problems & unpredicted obstacles

  • Immersed in teamwork

  • Responsible for own learning & team learning

  • Integrates NYS Learning Standards & Key Ideas

  • Goes beyond state standards

TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL:

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING, STUDENT-CENTERED


Sample Project: “Probing the Hudson”

Real-World Challenge: Determine if the Hudson River will be safe for swimming in 2009.

Project: Students develop river analysis plan, do field research, investigate data & publish a report.


Probing the Hudson:” Meets NYS Learning Standards & Key Ideas

  • MST Standard 1: Analysis, inquiry & design using scientific inquiry methods

  • MST Standard 2: Use appropriate information technologies

  • MST Standard 3: Applying mathematics in real world settings

  • MST Standard 7: Applying mathematics, science & technology to address real-life problems


“Probing the Hudson:” Co-designed, co-taught & co-evaluated in conjunction with experts


Global Analysis & Media Explorations (G.A.M.E.) Technology

  • Global History & Geography

  • English

    Environmental Analysis

  • Integrated Algebra

  • Environmental Science

TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL:

INTEGRATED CURRICULUM



TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL: Technology

21ST CENTURY SKILLS & NYS LEARNING STANDARDS

Content: New York State Learning Standards

21ST century skills

Collaboration

Information literacy

Critical thinking

Innovation

Communication: oral, written, mathematical, graphic & artistic

Citizenship & ethics

Technology literacy

Self-direction

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16 Technology


Global competition requires a different kind of education
Global competition requires a different kind of education. Technology

In order for America to compete globally and secure its future, US workers must develop a high level of creativity and innovation that requires a new approach to education.


TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL: Technology

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

Tools for communicating,

collaborating & learning


Role of Technology & 1:1 Computer Environment Technology

Teachers:

  • Store projects in digital briefcases

  • Post daily course agendas & student grades to the Web

    Students:

  • Teams share work digitally

  • Have own e-mail accounts & server space

  • Create digital portfolios of their work

  • Performance is captured digitally


Technology Tools: TechnologyProject Briefcase


Technology Technology

Tools: Course Calendar


More than 125 entrepreneurial Tech Valley leaders are shaping & sustaining the school:

K-12

Corporations

Technology companies

Economic developers

Chambers of commerce

Colleges & universities

Organized labor

Government

TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL:

PARTNERSHIPS

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1 shaping & sustaining the school:st Playable Productions

Applied Nano Works

Center for Advanced Environmental Technology

Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Denison Farm

NYSDEC

Hudson Basin River Watch

IBM

Local #7 Plumbers & Steamfitters

Mohawk Paper Company

Partners Help Co-Design, Co-Teach & Co-Assess Projects

  • North Albany Wastewater

    Treatment Plant

  • Northeast Analytical

  • Q-Drive

  • Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • US Geological Survey

  • Wadsworth Center

  • WAMC

  • WMHT

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TECH VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MODEL: shaping & sustaining the school:

CONTRIBUTING TO HIGH SCHOOL REFORM MOVEMENT

Tech Valley High School Promise

“…we will deliver a superb academic program…

…use Tech Valley High as a crucible within which we will innovate and create educational improvement and spread that within the region…

…create opportunities for schools like this across the State of New York….”

Paul Puccio, Chair, Tech Valley High School Operating Board

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Results: shaping & sustaining the school:

Standardized exams

College and Work Readiness Assessment

NTN School Success Rubric


COLLEGE AND WORK READINESS ASSESSMENT (CWRA) shaping & sustaining the school:

  • The College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) measures how students perform on constructed response tasks that require an integrated set of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. The CWRA is delivered entirely over the Internet in a proctored setting. PARTICIPATING IN THE CWRA PROJECT All schools in the project test freshmen in the fall and seniors in the spring. This assessment provides at the end of the first year a measure of change between freshmen and senior years and by following the freshmen for the remaining three years, schools may track the progress of each successive freshman class. Most importantly, the CWRA allows you to compare the value-added results from your school to results at other, similar institutions and to college freshmen in our national sample of colleges and universities


QUESTIONS? shaping & sustaining the school:


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