For Immediate Release July 26, 2012
Contact: Monica Carazo #12/13-016
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced today that the Los Angeles School of Global Studies (LASGS) was named recipient of the Chad P. Wick Award for Social Justice. The award is given to a school that demonstrates success in closing the achievement gap for underserved students, exemplifies the New Tech model and graduates students college and career ready.
“We are humbled to receive the Chad P. Wick award and appreciate that the work we do at our school is recognized by the New Technology Network,”said Christian Quintero, recently promoted to principal at LASGS and was a founding teacher when the school opened in 2006.
“Schools like Los Angeles School of Global Studies (LASGS) demonstrate how students win when we have teacher and community driven schools that meet the needs of our students in personalized learning environments,” said Board President Mónica García. “This recognition further highlights the fabulous work by our teachers and students in helping us close the achievement gap by reaching 100% graduation faster. The cradle of reform community celebrates and is inspired by the amazing efforts at the School of Global Studies!”
“The focus of our school has been student engagement. The projects at our school have increased engagement by connecting our students to their community in authentic ways. From immigration reform to advocacy for the environment our students know how to make their voices heard,” said Quintero.
Attending this year’s conference were 1,200 principals, teachers, superintendents, alumni and students—representing more than 120 schools nationwide. The event, which brought together educators to share strategies, celebrate successes, and strengthen the New Tech community, featured rigorous professional development tracks to support principals, teachers and district leaders prepare for the forthcoming academic year.
“On behalf of the entire New Tech Network community, it is my pleasure to recognize the outstanding teaching and learning demonstrated at LASGS,” said Lydia Dobyns, President of New Tech. “The accomplishments within LASGS act as clear evidence that all students can learn and that we can prepare students with both the academic knowledge they need and the skills necessary to be college and career ready. LASGS’ achievement is an inspiration to us all.”
New Tech Network (NTN) is a non-profit school development organization that partners with districts and organizations to implement innovative schools. With 120 schools in 18 states and Australia, New Tech schools are characterized by a student-centered school culture that empowers students and teachers, an engaging project-based curriculum, and the integrated use of digital learning to facilitate relevant, teaching and learning.
New Tech Network provides a wide range of professional services to help rural, urban and suburban communities build thriving New Tech schools that achieve meaningful student outcomes.