New Tech @ GEREAU

Project-Based Leadership Academy

Welcome! New Tech @ Gereau is a Project-Based Leadership Academy located at The Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in Franklin County, Virginia. We serve up to 100 eighth grade students through Project- and Problem-Based instruction in Leadership, English, Physical Science, Forensic Science, Civics and Economics, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. New Tech @ Gereau provides an introduction to the Eagle Tech Leadership and Entrepreneurship Pathway at Franklin County High School.

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2021 Return to School Update:

New Tech @ Gereau students, like all Franklin County Public Schools 8th grade students, can choose in-person learning or apply to the Virtual New Tech Academy for second semester. In-person students will return to school four (4) days a week on February 15th.

New Tech @ Gereau teachers and students use the Canvas learning management system (LMS) to support online and in-person teaching. Our use of Canvas in New Tech provides our students with continuity across their NT@G classes and BFMS/TGC elective course, and prepares them to use Canvas in their courses at Franklin County High School. An online Learning Management System is an important tool to support Project- and Problem-Based learning as students collaborate and work at different paces.

New Tech @ Gereau staff provide our students with Project- and Problem-Based Learning opportunities in online and in socially distanced in-person classroom settings. 8th grade New Tech students are graded on our school's learning outcomes of collaboration, oral and written communication, agency, and knowledge and thinking across the content areas.

In addition to their New Tech classes and BFMS/TGC elective, our students participate in a virtual school advisory program through Canvas which introduces them to New Tech culture and values. Our special education students are also be able to access specially designed resources and support via Canvas.

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What makes New Tech different?

TEACHING THAT ENGAGES: Project- and Problem-Based Learning

A focus on authentic complex thinking and problem-solving. Project-based learning (PBL) requires contextual, creative, and shared learning. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in order to answer challenging questions and solve authentic problems that are relevant to their interests and connected to our community.


School-wide culture of inclusion and belonging for adults and students. Each NTN partner school promotes a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility, encompassing student and professional culture. Students and teachers alike are connected to, engaged with, and challenged by their work.


Purposeful use of technology platforms supports collaboration and student-centered learning and ensures that grades are aligned to the deeper learning skills students will need in college and careers. Students and teachers create, communicate, access information, and experience self-directed learning.

OUTCOMES THAT MATTER: College and Career Readiness

Student outcomes that prepare all students for postsecondary success. New Tech Network learning outcomes measure collaboration, knowledge and thinking, written and oral communication, and the development of students’ responsibility for their own learning - called agency.

What is Project Based Learning?

This video from Edutopia shows what the PBL process looks like from start to finish from the viewpoint of teachers and students at Manor New Technology High School.

Our Vision:

Each student can achieve his or her highest potential and persevere in a changing world.

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