COLUMBIA CITY — Already a part of the ever-advancing New Tech Network, Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) is still finding ways to break new ground. On Wednesday and Thursday, ETA hosted the National New Tech Leadership Residency, a workshop for New Tech directors, administrators and staff members who will be opening New Tech schools next year.
ETA is the first school to host the conference during its inaugural year. According to Principal Brady Mullett, approximately 50 individuals are attending, representing half of the roughly 28 schools beginning programs next year.
The conference no longer brings in directors from around the country; it has now gone global. At least one group made the trek all the way across the ocean to attend, in anticipation of opening a New Tech school in Australia later this year.
Each month, students are asked to volunteer to be a part of panels or tours that host visitors to the school. For February, the conference was on the volunteer agenda and several students were selected to participate in discussions with the directors.
Mullett said both staff and students feel the school is a bit misunderstood, and that is something he hopes to convey and prepare the new directors for as they head into their new venture.
“Things are so different, there will always be a population who hold on to the idea that this is just a vocational or a technical school, where students are going to be learning a trade,” Mullett said. “That’s not what this is at all. That’s not what we’re doing here."
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