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No Child Left Offline

North Bay Biz, Bonnie Durrance Forget “out of the box.” What’s happening in Napa County schools is out of the ballpark. Through an unprecedented local collaboration between a few visionary entrepreneurs, the Napa Valley Vintners, a host of philanthropic partners, community members and Napa County educators, the students of Napa County, from pre-kindergarten through high school, in […]

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New Tech examines math issues

NAPA VALLEY REGISTER, Isabelle Dills When it comes to English-Language arts and social studies, New Technology High School’s state test scores far exceed school district averages. Education officials attribute this success to New Tech’s unique curriculum model — project-based learning.

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Interview | Taking Footsteps2Brilliance with Ilene Rosenthal

EDTECH Digest In the U.S., 46 percent of children enter kindergarten at risk of failure and 88 percent of them never catch up. From the moment that Ilene Rosenthal learned of these statistics, she knew that something needed to be done to level the playing field for early learners (pre-K through third grade). Ilene has […]

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

EdNET, Vicki Smith Bigham Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. has been named Executive Director of NapaLearns. Nonprofit NapaLearns supports students, teachers and administrators in Napa County with the classroom technology, digital curriculum, funding and partnerships they need to be successful in today’s online world. In this newly created position, Peg will be responsible for advancing NapaLearns’ innovative […]

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Maddocks Named Executive Director of NapaLearns

Napa Valley Register Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. has been named executive director of NapaLearns. NapaLearns supports students, teachers and administrators in Napa County with the classroom technology, digital curriculum, funding and partnerships they need to be successful in today’s online world, a news release said.

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Anna Yip: Giving students an official voice

NAPA VALLEY REGISTER, Natalie Hoffman At just 16 years old, Anna Yip — the student representative on Napa Valley Unified School District’s governing board — is already more involved in the education system than most local grown-ups.

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Recent grad: New Tech provided tremendous education

Napa Valley Register, Phoebe Harper As a graduate of New Technology High School, class of 2009, I can no longer sit back and watch the battle rage about my school, a place that I owe everything to. So from the perspective of a former student, I wanted to offer some insight into the way the […]

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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success

The Atlantic, Anu Partanen Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West’s reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most […]

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Learning about today’s new tech schools

Napa Valley Register, Betty Rhodes I’m extremely excited about a subject that’s brand-new to me: “student-centered 21st-century schools” (SC21). I recently met with a good friend, Bob Fioretti, who was one of my leaders at Leadership Napa Valley. As we chatted, I asked Bob what exciting things he was involved in at the moment. (He […]

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Napa Learns appoints first executive director

American Canyon Eagle, Eagle Staff NAPA, CA — Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. has been named Executive Director of NapaLearns, effective January 3, 2012. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, NapaLearns supports students, teachers and administrators in Napa County with the classroom technology, digital curriculum, funding and partnerships they need to be successful in today’s online world.

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Math issues being addressed at New Tech

Napa Valley Register, Michelle Spencer New Technology staff would like an opportunity to address some of the points brought up by John Stallcup in his Dec. 9 letter, “Numbers don’t add up to successful program.”

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Chamber Surprises Award Winners

St. Helena Star, Jesse Duarte The St. Helena Chamber of Commerce’s recent announcements of its annual Community Service Awards resulted in surprises, tears and well-deserved kudos for some of St. Helena’s most generous citizens.

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The New Tech’s Net Sum is Not Zero Raisin

Napa Valley Register, Grapes & Raisins In a letter to the editor last week, John Stallcup asserted that “a couple of facts are too obvious to ignore” in his scathing attack on the mathematics program at New Technology High School. Yet in using the school’s poorly rated California Standardized Test math scores to denigrate the […]

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Napa Learns appoints first executive director

NapaLearns, Holly Krassner NAPA, CA — Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. has been named Executive Director of NapaLearns, effective January 3, 2012. A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, NapaLearns supports students, teachers and administrators in Napa County with the classroom technology, digital

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Student offers thoughts on New Tech experience

Napa Valley Register, Julia Baginski All of this talk about New Technology High School has been discussed by everyone except a student. I think it’s my turn to say something. From  kindergarten to eighth grade, I went to Stone Bridge Waldorf School in Napa. My experience there was the most unique and enjoyable learning process […]

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