School of the Future

A cutting-edge high school shows how it’s done.

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School district students face Hour of Code challenge

Students throughout the Napa Valley Unified School District spent hours this week learning how to make Angry Birds fly or create a Star Wars galaxy.  What might have looked like a video game activity was really a lesson in computer coding.

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FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICY In bipartisan vote, Congress overwhelmingly approves new federal education law

Following a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly voted, 85-12, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ending more than a decade of federal education policy under the current version of the law, the beleaguered No Child Left Behind Act.

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Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to fix No Child Left Behind. The Obama administration is calling on the Senate to move the legislation quickly to the President’s desk for him to sign.

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Education matters

Frederick Douglass wrote, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” These inspiring words have held deep meaning to public educators for more than a century, because we know that the work of teaching a child to read is, in fact, a gift — the gift of lifelong learning.

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An Interview with Superintendent Marylou Wilson of the St. Helena School District

A little while ago we sat down with Superintendent Marylou Wilson to talk about why she signed the Future Ready pledge, her plans for her district, and where she sees education heading.

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Vintners bestow $3 million on youth development programs

The Napa Valley Vintners will donate $3 million from Auction Napa Valley to 10 nonprofit organizations and an early-learning initiative because they want to bolster educational opportunities for local students.

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College-Readiness Assessments: Be Careful What You Wish For

The arguments nationally about assessment are tending toward overly simplified characterizations: we’re testing too much, all high stakes testing is bad, just let teachers teach, all national assessment is useless and all local assessment is valuable. This pendulum swing away from the excesses of the past 15 years’ assessment practices and toward a more uncertain […]

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FOOTSTEPS2BRILLIANCE: NAPA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

Decades of research show that children from poor families enter school with weaker language skills than children from more privileged families. The language gap can start at 18 months, and by the time they are five years old, these kids score more than two years behind on language development tests.

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New Tech Network Showcased at White House Next Generation Summit

WASHINGTON, DC- Nov 10, 2015 Today, the White House welcomed the first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, hosting students, education practitioners from districts and charter organizations, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, and education innovators.

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American Canyon students get a head start on voting

AMERICAN CANYON — As a first-time government teacher at American Canyon High School, Tom Solberg didn’t know what to expect when he told dozens of his students that instead of spending all their time in class doing schoolwork, they could go out and work on getting their fellow students registered to vote as part of […]

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A Most Unusual Partnership – Celebrating the First Five Years of NapaLearns

What happens when you put a few retired Silicon Valley CEOs, the CFO of a major grocery chain, and a founder of the Internet together with several ground-breaking community activists, education innovators, and six visionary school superintendents? You get a powerhouse founding board of directors for NapaLearns, the Napa Valley Partnership for 21st Century Skills. […]

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Napa Valley Vintners working to close student achievement gap

The early results may soon be know of an intensified effort by Napa Valley Vintners and First 5 Napa County to close the achievement gap between English-learners and English-fluent students when they enter school.

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Pediatricians Now Agree: Screen Time Isn’t So Bad for Kids

Screen time isn’t necessarily bad for kids—it depends what they’re doing on that screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently agreed, dropping strict time-based limits in favor of more open-ended guidelines.

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Third-graders hunt down Napa history

Small groups of visitors holding maps and looking somewhat lost descended on downtown on Tuesday morning, but these weren’t typical tourists in search of the nearest wine tasting room. A class of third-grade students from Bel Aire Elementary School had ventured into the city center for a Napa history scavenger hunt.

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