Los Angeles School of Global Studies Wins Award at New Tech Network Nationwide Education Conference

LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2012) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced today that the Los Angeles School of Global Studies (LASGS) received the Chad P. Wick Award for Social Justice. The award, 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.


"This award is an honor and we are proud to be recognized for our work in the community and with our students," said Christian Quintero, who recently was promoted to principal and became a founding teacher in 2006 when the school opened.


“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!”


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, 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 an 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.

Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766