Hobsons and New Tech Network Announce Partnership to Support Students for Post-secondary Success
NTN’s partnership with Naviance by Hobsons will support fifty Texas high schools to improve student post-secondary readiness and success
ARLINGTON, VA- February 25, 2020 – Hobsons, the education technology leader behind Naviance, a college, career, and life readiness (CCLR) platform, and New Tech Network (NTN), a leading design partner for comprehensive K – 12 school change, announced today a partnership initiative to provide Naviance to secondary schools as part of a college access network of Texas high schools.
The NTN College Access Network consists of several cohorts of high schools who will work together to identify and address challenges that impact students in pursuing and succeeding in college, with the aim of improving student postsecondary success. Working as an improvement community, the schools are focusing on measurable improvements in well-matched postsecondary enrollment rates for Black, Latino, and low-income students. For any schools in the NTN College Access Network not currently using Naviance, NTN will fund the implementation of Naviance so each school in the cohort has access to the technology. Naviance will provide school teams actionable data to support students in identifying and aligning their interests to post-secondary aspirations. Through Naviance, Hobsons will support NTN’s goal of spreading innovative practices across multiple schools to enable students to develop the skills and abilities to thrive in high school and beyond.
“This partnership will empower all students to engage in learning that enables them to succeed in preparation for college, career and life,” said Monica Morrell, General Manager of Naviance by Hobsons. “We’re excited to partner with New Tech Network to support students in discovering new skills and learning experiences as they prepare for life after high school.”
“Naviance plays an important role in our College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) initiatives,” says Andrew Kim, Comal ISD (Texas) Superintendent. “We are excited to be one of three Texas districts in the New Tech Network College Access Network. With Naviance, students can create a plan that keeps them engaged and on the right trajectory through middle and high school to achieve their career and life aspirations.”
The NTN College Access Network in Texas will operate for five years through 2025, eventually reaching 50 schools. Naviance will be made available to support this continuous improvement work throughout the program and support postsecondary success for the students.
“We’re pleased to provide Naviance to the additional schools in our college access network in Texas,” said Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network. “With their holistic student support and deep experience in working with schools and districts across the US, we believe incorporating Naviance as a key support for students and families to consider the entire scope of career, college and overall life readiness.”
As the number of schools and students in the NTN College Access Network in Texas grows, students will have access to Naviance as part of the partnership. “Naviance will help students design well-matched learning pathways for their success after high school,” Dobyns said.
A leader in education technology, Hobsons helps more than 15 million students to identify their strengths, explore careers, match to best-fit educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education institutions partner with Hobsons and leverage our expertise and our solutions — Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish — to improve college and career readiness, college recruiting and admissions, and higher education student success to support millions of students.
About New Tech Network
New Tech Network, a national nonprofit organization, is a leading design partner for comprehensive K-12 school change. We coach teachers and school leaders to inspire and engage all students through authentic and challenging work. The New Tech model combines pervasive project-based learning, an engaging school-wide culture and the real-world use of technology tools and resources. We support the whole school through three key structures: professional development events, coaching, and Echo, the NTN project-based platform.
New Tech Network students consistently outperform national high school graduation and college persistence rates. The network consists of more than 200 schools in 27 states and Australia.