New Tech Network Students Above National Average in High School Graduation and College Enrollment Rates

New Tech Network (NTN), today released its 2014 Data Report showing the high rate of college enrollment is evident in New Tech Network schools in diverse communities across the nation.

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Napa school official graduates from fellowship program

Ivan Chaidez, director of English Language Learner and Alternative Education Services for the Napa Valley Unified School District, is one of 17 administrators from across the country who graduated from a prestigious leadership academy this past weekend.

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Napa Junction kids revved up for race car challenge

Napa Junction Elementary School students were shouting for science Tuesday, thanks to an educational initiative by Sonoma Raceway and its partners.

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ISTE Honors Education Leaders for Transforming Learning Through Innovation With 2014 Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 6, 2014 – Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced its 2014 award winners. Each year ISTE recognizes individuals who are transforming learning, teaching and leading in the digital age.

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Festival showcases Napa students’ artistic flair

Cinthia Garcia and her friends at New Technology High School were busy Saturday, creating a multicolored, geometry-inspired triangle artwork in the parking lot of the project-based school.

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Napa’s 1st Tech Challenge Wraps: Schoolkids ‘Harnessed Wind’ in Saturday Competition

Middle and high school students from across Napa Valley Unified took part Saturday in the first annual Napa Tech Challenge at Vintage High School — an opportunity to team-up, design, build and compete with their own solutions to solve a real world problem.

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Education foundation picks Jennifer Stewart as new executive director

Jennifer Stewart has been named the new executive director of the Napa Valley Education Foundation.

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‘Cool science’ comes to American Canyon school

Take a healthy dose of technology, spice it up with a pinch of personal information and a dash of mystery, and the result is the CSI project at American Canyon Middle School.

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NapaLearns thanks Auction Napa Valley

On behalf of all of the students, teachers, administrators, and boards of the five Napa County school districts and the Napa County Office of Education, NapaLearns would like to thank Auction Napa Valley (ANV) for its generous grant of $600,000 for our programs.

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Snapshots of the SHUSD: Science teacher Ngu Pham

Ngu Pham understands the value of freedom. He was taught at an early age by his parents and other relatives that escaping from Vietnam was the only way he could ever have a better life. “I appreciate what I have been given,” said Pham, who teaches sixth grade science at RLS Middle School. “My perspective on life […]

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Napa to Nicaragua: New Tech students plan service trip

When local teacher Anne Vallerga was a high school student in India, residents of a nearby slum would visit the school each week to use the running water, receive hygiene supplies, and play with crafts and games.

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New Tech Academy is a ‘school within a school’ at Los Gatos High

On a sunny Monday morning in Los Gatos, members of a commercial construction team were clustered around a table, discussing a high-level project. Poring over drawings and formulas worked up by architect Wolfie Smith, builder Spencer Davis outlined the plans for a new bridge. Casey Braga, serving as project manager, noted critical milestones on a […]

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‘Sumdog’ winners

Out of 13 participating schools, Pope Valley School came out on top of the first “Sumdog” online math contest for Napa County schools. Pope Valley students won the “Sumdog” competition 5 out of 5 times over the past 18 months, with an overall score more than 100 points above second-place Canyon Oaks Elementary School. St. […]

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Project-based learning takes center stage at school assembly

On Friday, March 21, I attended what was, quite possibly, the most amazing school assembly I ever saw. Donaldson Way Elementary School in American Canyon is one of 10 schools within the NexTech Project, representing the partnership between Napa Valley Unified School District, New Tech Network and NapaLearns.

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Pope Valley students win math honors

The Pope Valley School District, the smallest school district in Napa County, has won the online “Sumdog” math competition for this school year.

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