We're rebooting high school education

We prepare 9th-12th grade Utah students for the top-paying technology jobs of the future through Next Generation Education.


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Technology Has Changed Everything

In a relatively short period of time, computers have transformed the world and now lie at the heart of our economy, scientific enterprise, and even our daily lives.

But there's not enough qualified workers to meet the demand.

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High Demand for IT

Public and private companies alike increasingly need individuals who can develop and deploy customized software--and they're paying top dollar for those who can.

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Few Graduates

Despite the high demand, Utah’s universities only add about 500 tech graduates per year–just 2% of college graduates.

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Lacking Skills

Employers are finding that new hires lack technology skills, reading comprehension, writing, working together, and business acumen.

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Say Hello to Innovation

WIT is the only high school to implement Next Generation Education

Agile Methodology

We've adapted the Agile software development methodology to education

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Priorities

Our highest priority is education of our students through early and continuous achievement of curricular learning objectives.

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Change

We welcome changes in learning objectives, curriculum, and instructional methods. Agile processes harness change for the student’s competitive advantage.

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Evidence

Our students must deliver evidence of learning objective mastery frequently, typically within three weeks.

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Simplicity

Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential. Our work is deliberate and simultaneously satisfies multiple learning objectives in different classes.

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Reflection

At regular intervals, we reflect on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

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Evidence

Our students must deliver evidence of learning objective mastery frequently, typically within three weeks.

NEXT GENERATION EDUCATION IS...

Our flexible, objective-based approach where students work in teams, present their projects, and gain real-life work experience

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    Teachers are bound together in small, interdisciplinary, self-organizing, and accountable teams known as Teaching Teams. During the sprint, Teaching Team members facilitate learning sessions pertaining to the sprint’s learning objectives. Every day, the Teaching Team meets together for the Daily Scrum. When team members are not leading learning sessions, they may be working with students in Study Hall, engaged in planning, assessing student portfolio artifacts, or participating in Teacher Communities of Practice (TCOP). The Teaching Team ends its sprint with a sprint retrospective.

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    Students are responsible for demonstrating their mastery of the learning objectives by the end of each sprint, yet have significant flexibility in how they do it. These portfolio artifacts, ideally crossing subject area boundaries, are completed individually or in small groups during Study Hall and can take many forms: written papers, conducted experiments or simulations, videos, tutorials, community service, computer programs, etc. Students will graduate from the Wasatch Institute of Technology with a high school diploma and a corresponding technical certificate.

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    Our educational adaption of Agile goes far beyond project management to impact nearly every aspect of the school and will revolutionize the learning environment at the Wasatch Institute of Technology. This revolution will cause both teachers and students in self-organizing, accountable teams to take active roles in the learning process. By collaborating to solve real-world problems across discipline boundaries and grade levels, students and teachers will go beyond a mere acquisition of knowledge to cultivating capacities to both think and to solve problems. These learners will become generalists capable of rapidly adapting to a variety of situations in our ever-changing world.

HOW WE TEACH

By collaborating to solve real-world problems across discipline boundaries and grade levels, our students cultivate capacities to think and to solve problems that will help them adapt to a wide variety of situations in our ever-changing world.

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Electronic portfolios with their student-original web pages, reflective journals, photography, presentations, art, music, videos, and spreadsheets are a critical component of our curriculum.

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In problem-based learning, information and instructional materials are no longer the focus, but are one of many reference resources to be used in solving the problem.

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By working with community organizations to find solutions to real-world issues and social problems, students gain an understanding of community issues, community assets, and community processes for making change happen.

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The mentor’s purpose is to regularly provide support, guidance, and assistance through a stable, non-threatening relationship.

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We will have a daily 30 minute reading time for our students Mondays through Thursdays. During this time, students will read nearly anything except their reading assignments.

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The Just-In-Time (JIT) instruction methodology, is type of experiential learning where students learn concepts immediately before they apply them in a meaningful project.

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We will be holding a daily exercise period Monday through Thursday.

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Students will regularly have field experiences during as part of their Student Communities of Practice.

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We simultaneously teach content and key process skills such as the ability to think analytically and work effectively as part of a collaborative team.