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Smart, Safe Schools!

The bottom line is that NNPS must make it possible for all students to succeed in the 21st century. The economic and demographic changes which are influencing the job market make it clear that the education that was good enough 35 years ago is not good enough today. Imagine instead, the possibilities that abound for the students who attend Smart, Safe Schools, places where:

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Why Smart, Safe Schools?

What possibilities exist in the 21st century for the graduates of Newport News Public Schools? Will they have a solid foundation in basic subjects such as English, math and science? Have they learned about different career pathways and job opportunities? Will they have the educational preparation to pursue the careers they want? How will they manage work and personal goals? Do they value and have an interest in being involved in their community? Do they possess the essential thinking skills and habits necessary to be prepared for college or work? Are they ready for the 21st century?

Newport News Public Schools has made strides in enhancing academic performance, significantly raising achievement levels, increasing enrollment in rigorous coursework, boosting the percentage of students taking SATs, moving students into higher-level math, expanding preschool access, and narrowing achievement gaps.

At the same time, the school division has worked to create environments for students by defining clear expectations for behavior in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, investing in security staff and electronic surveillance, and supporting programs that build positive relationships.

As we move into the 21st century it is imperative that we do more than meet the basic standards. Our new challenge is to invent the kind of schools that address current academic standards while preparing students to become tomorrow’s workforce.

The world in which our students will live is changing daily and, we have a responsibility to prepare them accordingly. The 21st century workplace for our students will be defined by:

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"The silver lining to the 21st-century challenges that educators face is that our education system holds enormous potential and can reverse the trends and resume a leadership position by refocusing on 21st century skills. The same global marketplace that brings international players to our shores is opening new doors for our youth in other lands. The key question is whether they are prepared to embrace these new opportunities and thrive in a 'flat' world. Do they have the skills to survive?"

- Center for Children
and Technology


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