KnowledgeWorks’ high school initiatives have focused on restructuring large urban high schools into more effective small high schools and creating successful and highly innovative Early College High Schools. To date, these schools have increased graduation rates by more than 30 percent and improved test scores for more than 17,000 urban students.
Utilizing real-world projects as the basis for instruction and a 1:1 student-computer ratio, New Tech high schools create a rigorous, standards-based learning environment that allows students to develop a wide range of skills necessary in today’s increasingly competitive and global business environment, including collaboration, critical thinking, and technology proficiency. By September 2009, there will be 41 public high schools in the New Tech network with a total of 8,500 students in 9 states.
KnowledgeWorks also announced that its Vice President of Education Strategy Monica Martinez, Ph.D., who has been working with the New Technology Foundation over the past year as its Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of President of the newly integrated organization.