According to the New York Times, the majority of high school dropouts leave school because they don’t like it or weren’t interested in the classes. A newer curriculum, New Tech, is trying to target those disinterested students, while still reaching those who are already college bound.
The New Tech Curriculum is fairly new as it only started in the mid 90’s, but it already has proven results. On their website, www.newtechnetwork.org, they state, “results on reading and science achievement, college acceptance rates, and behavioral indicators point to strong performance levels among many New Tech Schools”. Each student is provided with a computer and the necessary tools to complete “project-based learning” as a group. In this type of environment, students learn open collaboration and problem solving skills. The program goal is “to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow”.
Only ten schools in Michigan have incorporated the New Tech curriculum. Wolgast provided Construction Management services for renovating Ypsilanti New Tech High School and we will be managing the construction for Meridian New Tech High School in Sanford, Michigan this summer.
The difference with remodeling or constructing a New Tech school stems from each space needing to be adaptable for multiple group work stations for a variety of situations. A higher level of coordination is the key for the Construction Manager to oversee a smooth project and account for the necessary flexibility plus technical and data accommodations.
If you’re considering adopting this curriculum for your school, you should contact the New Tech Network; however, if you need a Construction Manager to complete the renovation to your school, call Wolgast Corporation who can apply their best practices to your project.