There is no Finish Line in Education

Once again, significant federal change is afoot within U.S. education. The recent signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a significant shift away from tight national accountability to greater state-level systems of student outcomes measurement and assessments. Coinciding with this policy shift is the emergence of innovative school models recently showcased at the […]

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New Year, New Change: Announcing the newly re-imagined NTN #PBLChat!

New Tech Network is excited to begin the #PBLChat 2016 Season. Every month, a member of the NTN Coaching Team will host a Twitter chat focused around a current and relevant PBL Topic.

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The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point

It is well known that telling a kid she is smart is wading into seriously dangerous territory. Reams of research show that kids who are praised for being smart fixate on performance, shying away from taking risks and meeting potential failure. Kids who are praised for their efforts try harder and persist with tasks longer. These […]

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Mario Piombo Joins NapaLearns as Director of Innovation

At NapaLearns, Piombo will be focused on providing educational technology, professional development and coaching to Napa County teachers. He will also support the five Napa County school districts with the integration and evaluation of new and innovative tools to support the next generation of teaching and learning in Napa County schools. Piombo was born and […]

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AmCan’s high school featured in teachers magazine

AMERICAN CANYON — Noted for everything from its architecture to its curriculum, American Canyon High School has been featured in the current issue of “California Educator” magazine, published by the California Teachers Association.

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Transforming Learning Through Collaboration

Hear the incredible story of how one passion-driven district won $50,000 in products from CDW-G through collaboration. From their experience, learn how you can transform your own schoolor district using technology to build a powerful community empowered toredefine the classroom, enhance learning environments, and improve multi-tier student performance.

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New Apple iOS Updates Improve Device Management for Schools

Big news from Apple today—and we’re not just talking about the iOS 9 update. Timed with the release of iOS 9.3, Apple announced it is debuting four new features for Apple iOS device users in the classroom. According to company representatives, the new features are designed to keep students on tasks and allow administrators more ease when managing […]

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Thanks for support of new school programs

On behalf of the NapaLearns board and all of the staff, teachers, and students in Napa County, I’d like to thank Auction Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners for their generous grant of $500,000 to support school innovation and transformation.

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‘Green’ school inspires Napa elementary students

When students at Napa’s Bel Aire Park Elementary School wanted to learn about energy and how to build a greener school, they didn’t have travel far, or go outside the county.

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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Let’s be clear: The problem with education in America is not lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. There are pockets of excellence that outshine the best of the best around the world. All across the country, students are designing, coding, composing, animating, and publishing. They are experimenting and solving problems of water and energy, creating […]

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CETF Annual Survey

Internet Connectivity and the “Digital Divide” in California Households is a summary report of the CETF 2015 survey that tracks the progress of broadband deployment and adoption throughout California.  The poll found wide differences in broadband connectivity in nation’s largest state:79% percent of California households have a broadband connection at home, while 21% do not, citing […]

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New Tech High students compete at NVC Business Plan Competition

Two groups of New Tech High School students won third and fourth place in the college division of the Napa Valley College Youth Entrepreneurship Program Business Plan Competition. The event was held in Napa on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students “soft” skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.

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Middle schoolers learn altruism firsthand

Redwood Middle School language arts teacher Teresa Silvagni said that when she first asked her students to create a presentation about an act of altruism, “Most didn’t even know what that word meant.”

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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Let’s be clear: The problem with education in America is not lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. There are pockets of excellence that outshine the best of the best around the world. All across the country, students are designing, coding, composing, animating, and publishing. They are experimenting and solving problems of water and energy, creating […]

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