American Canyon Middle School has joined elite company in the New Technology Network after being named an “exemplary school” as well as a National Demonstration Site to show off their achievements.
ACMS was one of four schools selected from the nearly 200 NTN campuses in the country. The other three demonstration sites chosen were Central Coast New Tech in Nipomo, New Tech Institute in Evansville, Indiana, and Niles New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy in Michigan.
The middle school is the second Napa Valley Unified School District campus chosen as a demonstration site. In 2016, Napa Junction Elementary School received the same honor.
“As a National Demonstration Site, they will host visitors and provide training for schools throughout the country to showcase their best practices,” said Krista Clark, communications director for New Tech Network.
ACMS has hosted delegations of instructors and education officials in recent years.
In 2015, a group of Chinese principals and administrators visited ACMS as part of its mission to research Western-style education and how American schools are changing to fit the needs of their students and keep pace with changes in technology, including the use of Project Based Learning.
A New Tech school since 2012, ACMS was selected as a demonstration site because it has shown “successful implementation of standards-based Project Based Learning (PBL), deep integration and use of technology, so that all students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow,” New Tech Network said in a press release.
NTN also credited ACMS for developing “a vision about their purpose for becoming a demonstration site, provided evidence that reflects the staff’s collective approaches to understanding and responding to the learning needs of students, with a clear set of student learning outcomes consistent with skill required to succeed in college and career life.”
Teachers and staff at ACMS were applauded for their passion and willingness “to share what they have learned over the past six years as an NTN school,” and for helping bring about “high levels of student engagement and achievement.”
Principal Dan Scudero also praised his faculty, saying, “ Our staff is committed to taking the next steps based on student need. We want our students engaged in authentic work so they are prepared for high school, college and career.”
Scudero was recognized two years ago by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 4, after being named Administrator of the Year. Region 4 encompasses schools in Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Marin counties.