Tech Valley High
School named national demonstration site
Tech Valley High School (TVHS) in
Albany was recently selected as a national demonstration
site in the New Tech Network. TVHS has demonstrated
successful implementation of the New Tech school model
so that students gain the knowledge and skills they need
to succeed in college and careers.
“We applaud the significant work necessary for schools to meet the demonstration site criteria,” New Tech Network President and CEO Lydia Dobyns said. “We consider them exemplary schools within the New Tech Network of nearly 200 schools.”
To receive this distinction, TVHS had to develop a clear set of student learning outcomes consistent with skills required to succeed in college, career or civic life. These include content mastery tied to state standards as well as work ethic, collaboration, critical thinking and oral and written communication. All courses demonstrated rigorous and relevant project-based learning to amplify deeper learning while engaging students in the classroom. The integration and use of technology is 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.
"This honor from New Tech Network is an affirmation of the quality of the TVHS program," TVHS Principal James Niedermeier said. "I'd like to thank the faculty for its dedication in implementing a rigorous, technology-based curriculum, as well as the students for upholding the values of our school culture. NTN is a great organization that we're proud to belong to. They're really on the cutting edge of education."
As a demonstration site, TVHS will host tours for national, state and local schools and districts to experience a New Tech school firsthand. Visitors will take part in student-led tours to learn about the fundamentals of the school, including project-based learning examples, integrated use of technology and the culture shift that is integral to TVHS.
TVHS has hosted more than 1,500 educators for study tours since opening in 2007. Located on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany Nanotech Complex, the goal of TVHS is to prepare well-rounded graduates who will contribute to the world of today and the future, using instructional methods that are innovative, student-centered, collaborative and authentic. For more information, go to techvalleyhigh.org.