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Steven Zipkes

Manor New Technology High School
Founding Principal

As the founding Principal of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School, Mr. Zipkes’ leadership promotes quality instruction, teacher development, student success, and STEM education through Project Based Learning.

MNTH is a STEM public high school within the Manor Independent School District and is the only Nationally Designated Project Based Learning Training and Demonstration School site within the consortium of schools of the New Technology Network. All PBL training is conducted through MNTH’s Think Forward PBL Institute that was co-designed and created by Mr. Zipkes.

Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon MNTH, distinguishing the school in many arenas. Most recently and the school’s greatest honor was the recent visit by The President of The United States, President Obama who highlighted the successes MNTH has had in student achievement. Other successes include the teaching and assessing of 21st Century Skills as an Apple Distinguished School for the past 5 years in a row, being recognized as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, and a Secondary Showcase School by the Center for Secondary School Redesign. Additionally, in 2009 MNTH became a National Project Lead the Way School for the teaching of sequencing of engineering courses, including numerous published case studies and papers validating the promising practices at MNTH. For the last 2 years MNTH has been recognized in the top 22% of high schools in the country and awarded the Bronze Medal, A Nationally Recognized High School by US News and Report despite not offering Advance Placement courses. Manor New Tech is featured as A School That Works, “Project Based Learning: Success Start to Finish” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia and finally Mr. Zipkes recently coauthored Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators, Edited by Margaret Honey and David Kanter and published by Routledge.

Zipkes and a team of teachers presented at the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in 2009 in response to Manor New Tech’s recognition in the study for closing the achievement gap. Furthermore, in his March 3, 2010 speech, US Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted MNTH as a “model school for reaching underserved youth”. Mr. Zipkes has been a featured guest on EdWeek’s National Webinar, “The New Wave of STEM-Focused Schools” as well as a featured blog on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website: New Thinking for New Schools for the 21st Century. Mr. Zipkes has led 2 high schools and 1 middle school to their first ever State Exemplary Ratings, and in 2011, Steven was named an Apple Distinguished Educator, one of approximately 1500 worldwide.

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Wednesday, June 19