4 months ago
Dear Students, Families, Community, and Staff,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Senaca Baines. I am so happy to be here at Allendale-Fairfax High School as your principal. AFHS is a very special place with limitless potential within our students. We have an amazing opportunity to do some wonderful things now and in years to come. I look forward to working with students to help them grow socially and academically each day.
As a school community, our goals will revolve around increasing school-wide literacy and numeracy skills and developing world class learners. We aspire to be a school of readers and problem solvers. As we feed our minds and gain confidence, there is nothing that can stop our success.
I have a strong desire to see all of our stakeholders work as a team to help AFHS start a continuous process of improvement. Personally, I will focus on teamwork, communication, and celebrations of success. All of these components are necessary to help our students achieve success.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve this county, and I look forward to working with all of you very soon.
Tiger New Tech
4 months ago
New Tech Network (NTN) is a leading design partner for comprehensive school change. NTN works closely with disctricts and schools to create innovative learning environments. Through a proven school model, a project-based learning platform, and powerful professional development, we coach schools toward lasting change and ongoing improvement.
What kind of schools are members of the Network and what type of students do they serve?
One increasing popular model of technology integration in public schools is through the New Tech model. Founded in 1996, the first New Tech high school in Napa, CA has quickly expanded into a network of over 100 high schools throughout the country. This model “has proven successful across diverse student populations in urban, rural, and suburban public high schools… [and] is emerging as one of the fastest-growing approaches to transforming high school education in the U.S.”
What kind of support do schools receive from the network?
Districts and charter organizations receive coaching and support through all stages of planning and launching a New Tech school.
· In-depth, informative learning tours for planning teams
· Strategic support for a strong, sustainable implementation
· Services customized to each school
· On-site school readiness visit
· Planning Academy courses including residencies for leaders and teachers
What conditions need to be in place for successful implementation?
Common planning for teachers
Professional learning community time and access.
Plan, to maintain the sustainabilt
What is Project-Based Learning?
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge.
How does New Tech Network utilize technology to support Project-Based Learning?
Through a technology-rich environment, teachers and students create, communicate, access information, and experience self-directed learning. Echo, NTN’s online learning platform, supports project-based learning and features an innovative gradebook.