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New Tech students get political with Rep. Thompson

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills On Friday afternoon, a dozen seniors at New Technology High School nervously waited for Rep. Mike Thompson to arrive to be interviewed by students as part of a political studies project.

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Collective Impact

Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW, John Kania & Mark Kramer The scale and complexity of the U.S. public education system has thwarted attempted reforms for decades. Major funders, such as the Annenberg Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts have abandoned many of their efforts in frustration after acknowledging their lack of progress. Once the global […]

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Educators worldwide may be in Napa next summer

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills Educators from around the world may be flocking to Napa Valley next summer to attend a special conference on project-based learning.

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High School Seniors Talk Turkey about Deeper Learning

Huffington Post The debate surrounding the so-called broken education system in the U.S. has drawn input from leaders across industrial sectors, and in a conversation with The Washington Post’s Michelle Williams, entrepreneur Eric Ries discusses his thoughts on how to fix the problem that “our educational system is not preparing people for the 21st century.”

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Bruce Alberts has passion for science education

San Francisco Chronicle , Tom Torlakson Parents, teachers, administrators and members of Congress all seem to agree on this much: It’s time for No Child Left Behind to go. But what should take its place? As a teacher and state superintendent of public instruction, I’ve seen the shortcomings of this federal law firsthand.

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Napa Valley Vintners share the bounty from Auction 2011

Napa Valley Register, Sasha Paulsen Dubbing the event “100 million reasons to celebrate,” the Napa Valley Vintners gathered Thursday night to celebrate the success of the 2011 Auction Napa Valley and announce this year’s beneficiaries. At Auction Napa Valley 2011, held June 2-5, the Vintners passed the $100 million fundraising mark for community non-profits since […]

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School district launches $11 million learning plan

NAPA VALLEY REGISTER, Isabelle Dills   Beginning this school year, the Napa Valley Unified School District is implementing a four-year learning plan aimed at closing a student achievement gap and meeting state standards. Napa Valley Unified has been under Program Improvement status since 2006-07 for failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress — a statewide accountability […]

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Blueprint for great schools

CA department Of Education, Tina Jung SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today unveiled A Blueprint for Great Schools, a report by his 59-member Transition Advisory Team calling for California to foster excellence in teaching, provide community support for families, and retool schools to make more students competitive in college and the workforce. “We […]

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iPads credited with Calistoga reading gains

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills A four-week preschool program at Calistoga Elementary School may serve as an example for the state on how to enhance education with technology. Sixteen preschool-aged children participated in the Virtual Summer Bridges Academy, a pilot program that used iPads along with traditional teaching methods to help build vocabulary and reading […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

The Weekly Calistogan, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught.  In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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Thanks for making pilot preschool program a success

THE WEEKLY CALISTOGAN, Letter to the Editor from Esmeralda Mondragon Thanks to all who helped make our pilot preschool program a success. It involved half a year of planning, starting with a discussion in late January with Chuck McMinn of NapaLearns, who has been promoting and supporting the use of technology as a learning and […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

Napa Valley Register, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught. In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

Napa Valley Register, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught. In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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The Start-Up of You

The New York Times, Thomas Friedman The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is […]

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Screening for a Better Medical Student

The New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope Medical schools for years have accepted students with high academic skills. Now some schools are trying to find a way to screen students for better social skills. At Virginia Tech Carilion, the nation’s newest medical school, administrators decided against relying solely on grades, test scores and hourlong interviews to […]

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