New Tech Network approves New Tech program for SAISD

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New Tech Network approves New Tech program for SAISD

New Tech program to be housed at Sam Houston HS

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 19, 2011 – The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has been approved by the New Technology Network to open a New Tech program at Sam Houston High School. The contract to implement the nationally-recognized program was approved by the SAISD Board of Trustees last night. The New Tech Network, which has 62 "New Tech" schools nationwide, is distinguished by project-based learning incorporated into a technology-rich environment to deliver both core area knowledge and 21st century skills.

Sam Houston HS will be the only campus to offer the New Tech program in South Texas, when it opens its door in August 2011. The Sam Houston program will be open to approximately 250 students from across the District as a school within a school.  The District is also exploring the possibility of applying for an internal charter for the school, which would enable it to be open to all of Bexar County.

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop technology-savvy students while preparing them well for higher education and the workforce in the 21st century,” said Dr. Robert Duron, superintendent of SAISD.  “We are excited to bring this innovative program to San Antonio.”

The mission of New Tech is to prepare students to excel in an information-based, technologically advanced society. The model uses technology to facilitate project-based learning for students with a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio.

Students will be challenged by real-world projects that require critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They will learn how to collaborate, communicate and access information using 21st century technology tools, and acquire skills that can be applied to college and the professional workforce.

Start up and operating costs for the program will be covered by the Texas Title one Priority Schools (TTIPS) Grant which Sam Houston High school received earlier this school year.