Teachers of the year honored for Napa Valley

Five teachers from throughout Napa Valley were honored on Tuesday for their commitment and innovation by being selected as “Teachers of the Year” by the Napa County Office of Education. The five instructors — three from middle schools and two from elementary schools — were singled out as “extraordinary” by County Superintendent of Schools Barbara […]

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Opinion: America desperately needs to redefine ‘college and career ready’

Well-intentioned national K-12 education goals are jeopardizing the futures of millions of kids. Our stated goal is making all kids “college and career ready.” The reality, though, is that we’ve turned schools into college prep factories, leaving the vast majority of kids ill-prepared for career or life.

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Teachers Are Individualizing the Learning Experience With eBooks, According to OverDrive Survey

CLEVELAND, OH–(Marketwired – August 29, 2016) – Technology in the classroom can be a scary thought for some teachers but it doesn’t have to be. The simplest way schools can integrate technology into the classroom is to start with reading. A digital reading platform with eBooks and audiobooks empowers students to take charge of their […]

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August 2016 Board Member Spotlight

NapaLearns is honored to feature Dorothy Lind-Salmon in our Board Member Spotlight! Known by many simply as “Auntie Dorothy,” she is a founder and proud board member of NapaLearns, who has dedicated her talent and efforts to helping ensure that every student in Napa County has the opportunity to receive a great 21st Century education. Dorothy […]

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NAPA NATIVE ON 1ST SPACE MISSION ABOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

NAPA, Calif. (KGO) — Bay Area Astronaut Kate Rubins has been on the International Space Station for a few weeks now and she’s wasted no time beginning her study of the body and genetics in micro-gravity. Last month, mission commander Jeff Williams welcomed NASA’s newest space traveler after a two-day journey from Earth.

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Video games take the spotlight at new Napa Valley Museum exhibit

Millions of Americans happily wile away hours in front of their PlayStations, Xbox consoles and computers, delving into the fantasy realms of their choice. But is video gaming a form of art? The Napa Valley Museum is embracing the “yes” argument in the form of “Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovative Independent Video Games,” an exhibition the […]

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Innovative Schools Prioritize Maker Learning

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call-to-action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers. Over 1,400 U.S. school leaders have answered the call by signing the Maker Promise. For many members of the League of Innovative Schools, a network of the nation’s […]

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Get the Culture Right: The Most Important New School Factor

“Attend to your culture,” said Jim May who supports about 25 new schools each year for New Tech Network. “From certificates of occupancy to emergency plans to hiring, the list of operational realities that must be addressed when starting a new school is immense. Thus, it can be easy to overlook the importance of your […]

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Napa parents urged to ‘talk, read, sing’ to children

It sounds so obvious. Talking, reading and singing to young children, even babies, can boost early brain development and language skills, leading to greater success in school and beyond. Unfortunately, it’s a message that not every parent understands.

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When Tech Meets Project-Based Learning

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn’t much “tech” to support project-based learning. “We didn’t even give the kids email addresses back then,” he chuckles.

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PMIEF Grant to NapaLearns brings PM knowledge to youth

NapaLearns, a Project Learning Network member, is committed to engaging Napa County students in school, maximizing their abilities and  preparing them for success after graduation.  Executive Director Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. explained the enthusiasm for project management (PM) curriculum, saying “[Project management] is an incredibly valuable skill to use in your everyday life.  To learn it […]

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Local actors coach New Tech students

When New Technology High School’s freshman drama class decided to present Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” they got coaching from two professional Napa actors, Barry Martin and Rick Pallaziol. The class created their vision for an adaptation of the tragic story of doomed lovers: an ethereal dream world — with characters moving through a black-and-white world […]

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Students, especially girls, benefit from using robots to learn math

American Canyon high school and middle school students have so enjoyed working with robotics that they sometimes don’t realize that they’re also learning mathematics in the process. This kind of learning has delighted educators and parents, particularly with respect to young girls, who often struggle or lose interest in math and science once they reach middle […]

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4 Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom

It’s a new world: the digital and tangible are merging, and educators need to help students navigate the changing terrain. The solution? Let them be Makers.

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