New Tech Network Australia (NTNA) is a school development organisation that helps start innovative schools across Australia. These schools use rigorous, engaging teaching practices and Project Based Learning to develop the whole student. To support these schools, New Tech provides a variety of professional services. The NTNA also helps schools and educators develop their skills and knowledge in various areas.
School development organisation
New Tech Network Australia is an organisation that works with schools in Australia to implement innovative teaching practices. Its partner schools employ engaging, student-centred teaching practices that build strong teacher-student relationships. The program helps schools make lasting changes through NESA-accredited professional development, mentoring, and support. Schools working with the network get a window into what a school day is like for students, and teachers get the tools to improve their practices.
New Tech has developed a methodology for developing schools that are high-performing and student-centered. Through this process, New Tech aims to improve student performance, build a positive school culture, and implement technology-rich teaching and learning practices. The network has built 120 schools in the United States and Australia that offer the New Tech model, including one that integrates digital learning and project-based learning. The organisation also provides strategic consulting, teacher training, and access to its Echo Learning Management System, among other professional services.
Supports primary and secondary schools
New Tech Network Australia (NTNA) is an organisation that supports schools to improve teaching and learning by promoting innovative teaching practices. Its network of schools includes those that use student-centered and engaging practices to deliver high-quality, project-based learning. The organisation’s mission is to support innovation in education by offering professional development that is accredited by NESA.
The organisation offers support to schools of all sizes and types of schools. Its resources include coaching for teachers and leaders. It guides schools through the key elements of successful implementation, including design, purpose, staffing, and instruction.
Fosters a student-led culture
Fostering a student-led culture is an essential part of the New Tech Network experience. New Tech schools are student-led and run like a real workplace, with student-elected governments. The culture at New Tech is one that promotes trust, respect and responsibility.
New Tech Network helps partner schools integrate its core values into their culture and mission, and develops structures that foster strong pupil-teacher relationships. This model is flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs of individual schools. Fostering a student-led culture in a school can be a hugely rewarding experience for both staff members and students.
Facilitates professional learning for adults
New Tech Network Australia facilitates professional learning for educators and other professionals in a number of ways. The network works with schools and their teams to understand their needs and to develop their capacity. In addition to facilitating professional development for educators, the network also facilitates professional learning for adults. These programs mirror the learning experiences students have in New Tech Network schools.
Fosters a systemic planning and design process
The New Tech Network fosters a systemic planning and design model with all of its stakeholders. This method allows the organization to work closely with prospective school teams to understand their needs and build school capacity. The organization is committed to continuous improvement, ensuring that its practices meet the diverse needs of different settings. The organization also fosters adult learning, mirroring the learning experience of students at New Tech Network schools.
The NTN model includes personalised learning experiences that promote student engagement. The teaching practices are rigorous academically but also promote 21st century skills like collaboration, communication and agency. The NTN Core Services help schools make lasting changes and improvements. It also provides coaching for district and regional directors, ensuring that they meet the needs of their school communities.