Design Tech High School Awarded $100,000 Planning Grant
Contact: Dr. Ken Montgomery, Design Tech High School Director, 650-714-2631 email@example.com
Nicole Cerra, Design Tech High School Curriculum Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18 (San Mateo County, CA) – Design Tech High School, a charter school being proposed for the San Mateo County Union High School District, has been awarded a $100,000 planning grant to help with costs associated with opening the new high school in the fall of 2014.
The grant was awarded by the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative through a competitive evaluation process. Next Generation said its committee members “found your collective vision bold and inventive, promising academically, potentially sustainable and scalable, and plausible to succeed because of the capacity you will be bringing to the effort.”
The grant will be used through the end of the 2013-2014 school year to support the planning of a new, breakthrough secondary school of approximately 400 students in grades 9-12 that will offer a personalized high-school experience emphasizing innovation and the use of technology. Students will also learn design thinking, as taught at Stanford University’s d.school and will learn to apply design thinking to real-world problems.
The award allows Design Tech High School representatives to take part in a school design institute for new NGLC planning grantees from July 15-July 18th in San Francisco, CA.
Design Tech High School founder Dr. Ken Montgomery, PhD, who is a vice principal at Capuchino High School in San Bruno, CA, said that he is delighted by the award and the confidence the NGLC has shown in Design Tech High School. A proposal to grant Design Tech High School charter school status within the San Mateo Union High School District is likely to be voted on by the school board in the fall.
The Design Tech High School team ran a successful two-week design- thinking camp this summer for high school students. Housed at Burlingame High School, the camp exposed students and parents to design-thinking concepts and allowed students to present their ideas to industry representatives.
NGLC is a collaborative, multi-year initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion. The program provides grants, gathers evidence about effective practices, and works to develop a community dedicated to these persistent challenges.
An Executive Committee, comprised of EDUCAUSE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and the Council of Chief State School Officers guides the project’s overall efforts. EDUCAUSE has management and fiduciary responsibility for the program.
For more information about Design Tech High School please visit http://designtechhighschool.org/
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