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Napa Educators Invited to Nation’s Capital

Napa Valley Register, Eagle Staff Digital Promise, the new national nonprofit education center authorized by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, invited a group of leading school districts from across the country, including Napa County, to participate in a series of meetings as part of its inaugural Innovation Workshop in Washington D.C., this week. Barbara Nemko, Ph.D., Napa County Superintendent […]

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Group Seeks Funds for Preschoolers

St. Helena Star A new group offering preschool scholarships to students from financially struggling families is asking for the public’s help.

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Teachers Honored For Online Lesson Plans

Napa Valley Register, Staff Report Three Napa County teachers were recognized for developing lesson plans using “ed1stop” in a countywide contest implemented by the Napa County Office of Education and sponsored by NapaLearns. Ed1stop is an award-winning online portal that offers subscription-based services and free educational Web sites. Teachers were invited to develop a lesson […]

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Vanessa Robledo sets her sights on making good — and doing good, too

Napa Valley Register, Paul Franson Growing up in a Latin family with seven brothers and a sister, Vanessa Robledo was always trying to stand out. “My father was always talking about his sons,” she said. “I had to overachieve to be noticed.” That she’s done. Now president and a partner in Black Coyote Winery, she […]

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Yeah, that’s right! We’re educational too!

Hard Rock Cafe News, Toni Sanchez Calistoga teacher Lindsey Olsen and his sixth grade Geography class were honored with a dedicated post on the Hard Rock Cafe blog!

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Educating the Next Steve Jobs

The Wall Street Journal, Tony Wagner Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of […]

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Three Napa principals win honors

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills Two principals and one assistant principal from the Napa Valley Unified School District were recently honored as Administrators of the Year for the region.

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Despite more college grads, U.S. workforce needs even more

USA Today, Mary Beth Marklein The number of adult Americans who have earned college degrees has been increasing, but not fast enough to keep up with workforce demands, according to a report released Monday. At the current rate, employers in 2025 will need about 23 million more degree-holders than the nation’s colleges and universities will […]

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The Relationship School

The New York Times, David Brooks Usually when you visit a school you walk down a quiet hallway and peer in the little windows in the classroom doors. You see one teacher talking to a bunch of students. Every 50 minutes or so a chime goes off and the students fill the hallway and march […]

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TED offers free video lessons for high school and college students

The Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton Imagine you’re a high school biology teacher searching for the most vivid way to explain electrical activity in the brain. How about inserting metal wires into a cockroach’s severed leg and making that leg dance to music? Starting Monday, that eye-popping lesson, performed in a six-minute video by neuroscientist and […]

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American Canyon High School teacher tapped to aid College Board

American Canyon Eagle The College Board must like what’s going on at American Canyon High School.

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Twilight of the Lecture

Harvard Magazine, Craig Lambert IN 1990, after seven years of teaching at Harvard, Eric Mazur, now Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics, was delivering clear, polished lectures and demonstrations and getting high student evaluations for his introductory Physics 11 course, populated mainly by premed and engineering students who were successfully solving complicated problems. Then […]

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McPherson Elementary shows its stuff

Napa Valley Register, Ed Estin Last Friday, class 25 of Leadership Napa Valley spent Education Day at McPherson Elementary School with the principal, various teachers, students and parents. The day knocked my socks off. Everyone connected with the school displayed passion, knowledge and professionalism. The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade leadership students were able to enter […]

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New Technology High School honor roll, fall 2011

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More Napa Classrooms Join the 21st Century

Napa Valley Register, Letter to the Editor, Frank Silva For the past two years, one of our missions at Browns Valley Elementary School has been to use 21st-century technology tools and student engagement strategies in the classroom to motivate, engage and hold students responsible for their education.

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