Teachers say critical thinking key to college and career readiness

California teachers say critical thinking skills, not scores on standardized tests, are the best way to assess whether students are prepared for success in college and the workplace, according to an online survey by EdSource in partnership with the California Teachers Association.

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New Tech Network Announces New School Openings

New Tech Network (NTN), a national non-profit school development organization, today announced that “Back to School” means the opening of 24 new schools in the U.S. These new schools bring the network to 175 K-12 public district and charter schools in 28 states. The Network’s growth, opening more than 112 schools in five years, is […]

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Auction Napa Valley Funding Helps More than 100,000 Clients in 2014

St. Helena, CA – More than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofits were helped in one year as a result of investments by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) through Auction Napa Valley proceeds, according to a new report. The report is an annual assessment to evaluate and quantify the work of the NVV’s nonprofit partners […]

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County education honored for preschool literacy effort

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) has been recognized for helping preschool children become better prepared for kindergarten through the use of technology.

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CDW-G Announces Its Inaugural Collaboration Nation Grand Prize Winner

Over the last few months, entries for CDW-G’s Collaboration Nation awards program poured in from across the country. Districts and schools took students on interactive virtual adventures, kept pupils engaged on snow days, empowered students to build a 3-D printed prosthetic hand and embraced technology by letting the students become the teachers. There was no […]

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Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

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New Tech students tackle real-world problems

The first three days at New Technology High School were not about stocking up on textbooks. Instead, students at this small, publicly-funded Napa magnet school got the chance to design a tool or program that could help people solve problems in the real world.

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Back To School

Read our update in the Napa Valley Register Back to School insert.

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Back to School

NapaLearns is celebrating its fifth year supporting innovative teaching and learning in Napa County! We continue to provide funding, thoughtpartnership, and direct services to ensure that every student in every classroom experiences engaging, tech-infused real world learning preparing them for college, career, and community engagement. Read more…

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‘Pathway’ aims at straighter course to four-year colleges

After graduating from Napa Valley College, local students may find a smoother path to the next step in their education. Starting this fall, many community college students will have a more straightforward road map to the University of California system. A new program called Transfer Pathways outlines a standard set of courses to prepare would-be […]

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Science/math camp empowers Napa girls

Laughing and singing, arms intertwined, I watched my 12 dorm girls leave the UC Davis cafeteria for the last time. They had become best friends and I just marveled at the metamorphosis that had occurred in one week.

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Ready To Roll

Say you’re a third grader, sitting in class, and the teacher tells you to open your textbook to the chapter on gravity and the laws of motion. He writes “gravity” on the chalkboard in big, bold letters. You open your book, prop your elbow on the desk and lean your head on the palm of […]

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California institute takes lead in promoting project-based learning

After overcoming a childhood of poverty and proximity to gang violence, Victor Arellano graduated from high school in Hayward last month and is now headed to the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship.

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New Tech Network President and CEO, Lydia Dobyns, Attends Recent White House Convening on Innovations in Career Technical Education

Washington, D.C. | June 30, 2015 – Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network (NTN), attended the recent White House Convening ─ Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education ─ that was held Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Dobyns joined a select group of education leaders, business and industry partners, teachers and students who […]

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