Education Matters: The new Common Core standards

We don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will be. But we do know our future depends on a strong workforce, and today’s schools must prepare our kids to be part of it.

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Schools’ tech programs win federal recognition

The St. Helena Unified School District recently won federal recognition for giving students access to technology. The fact that every student has access to an online device played into the district’s favor when it was named one of the model districts for President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, which has a goal of giving 99 percent […]

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California Public Schools Get Creative to Save Arts Programs

State grants and private fundraisers are allowing students to learn things like puppetry, Taiko drumming and expanding imaginations.

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Perspective 2015: Napa County

New Education Model Napa County schools are moving from the old style, with a teacher lecturing in front and students staring glassy-eyed in rows, to a 21st century model, with kids working on projects in groups, with laptops or tablets, and the teacher and even community experts serving as facilitators. In the Napa Valley Unified […]

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Napa New Technology High School Selected for Filming Site

New Tech Network (NTN) announced Wednesday that Napa New Technology High School was selected as a national filming site for instructional videos. New Techepitomized a school with excellent instructional practices in PBL/PrBL (Project-Based Learning and Problem-Based Learning) classrooms.

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Napa Schools and the NapaLearns nonprofit work together to bring project based learning to their classrooms

Napa is much more than wineries, restaurants and rolling hills. Despite the perceived wealth and luxury of the region, many families are in financial need. In Calistoga, for instance, 73% of families fall below the poverty line. Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) serves 18,326 students, many of which have a history of limited access […]

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New Tech High School Is National Demonstration Site for Technology in Classroom

Napa Valley Unified School District’s New Technology High School is a national model for using technology, project-based learning and 21st century skills to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of the future, and has been named a National Demonstration Site,New Tech Network (NTN) announced today.

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3 Tech Tools That Boost Early Literacy

It’s not written in stone, but educators agree that third grade represents a milestone in the race to establish literacy. As the saying goes, students are “learning to read” through third grade, and “reading to learn” after that. Realistically, the foundations of literacy are built well before children even enter the classroom. According to Rick […]

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Stamina

As a board member of NapaLearns, an amazing non-profit committee that supports Napa County schools, I have the privilege of visiting a different school each month. Yesterday our meeting took place at Donaldson Way Elementary School in American Canyon, California. Part of our meeting involved visiting classrooms and seeing first hand what students were working […]

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Equality for everyone, including LGBT community

“People around the world face violence and inequality — and sometimes torture, even execution — because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.” — Human Rights Watch. I believe that everyone, whether you’re straight, […]

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Student directors take over screen at Napa Valley Film Festival

There are no A-list names in the credits. Their budgets measure in the tens, not millions, of dollars. And none of the directors has yet seen the inside of a college film class, much less a Hollywood studio set. What four filmmakers — all students at Napa County schools — did have in common was enough […]

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Napa Valley USD: Napa NexTech – Transforming Public Schools for the 21st Century

On the College Work and Readiness Assessment, Napa New Tech High (NTH) has a 98 percent graduation and 85 percent college-going rate. Many former New Tech student interns are offered jobs with local employers when they return from college. Napa Valley’s NexTech initiative has its origins in a community movement driven by the Napa Valley […]

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Howell Mountain School adopts New Tech model

With just 97 students, Howell Mountain School of Angwin may be one of the smallest in Napa County, but that doesn’t mean it’s not keeping pace with the county’s bigger schools.  The rural school reported that it has signed onto an innovative educational program sponsored by New Tech Network, a national educational organization headquartered in […]

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Wine industry amazingly generous with schools

On behalf of the NapaLearns board, I’d like to respond to the letter to the editor by Alejandro C. Diaz (“Wineries could help improve local schools,” Oct. 11) and also to support the response by Russ Weis of the Napa Valley Vintners (“Wineries help schools in many ways,” Oct. 15). Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners […]

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