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Lakeland named New Tech National Demonstration Site

New Tech Network (NTN) announced Fridaythat Lakeland High School was selected as a National Demonstration Site in the New Tech Network (NTN).  Lakeland’s Leading EDGE epitomized the best example of the New Tech mission – to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow.

“These schools have achieved a very high honor.  We consider them exemplary schools within the New Tech Network. They have shown enormous dedication to the key aspects that makes a great New Tech school as is evidenced by the students. Through the schools hard work, students are not only better prepared for life and college, they have achieved a deep love of learning and a fundamental understanding of the deeper learning skills needed to succeed in life after high school,” said NTN President, Tim Presiado.

New Tech Network recently released its 2014 Data Report showing the high rate of college enrollment is evident in New Tech Network schools in diverse communities across the nation.

New Tech Network Students:

●    Graduate from high school at a rate 14% higher than the national average.

●    Enroll in college at a rate 9% higher than the national average.

●    Persist in college at a rate of 83%.

To receive this prestigious distinction, Lakeland High School achieved many notable accomplishments. The school 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 must demonstrate rigorous and relevant Project-Based Learning (PBL) to amplify deeper learning while engaging students in the classroom. The deep integration and use of technology must be 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.