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Number of college courses taught in high schools increasing statewide

Freshman students at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Los Angeles Unified review a lesson before final exams. This spring, juniors and seniors at Redlands Unified School District in San Bernardino County will take community college courses at their high schools, including engineering, sociology, business administration and music appreciation.

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Napa Junction Elementary named New Tech ‘demonstration site’

Napa Junction Elementary School can now officially show off its 21st century curriculum, having been named a “national demonstration site” by the New Technology Network.

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Napa County Office of Education wins statewide honor

The Napa County Office of Education has been chosen as one of 56 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award.

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Annual Immigration Challenge at St. Helena’s Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School

Eighth graders at St. Helena Robert Louis Stevenson School have been busy these last two months with a massive project oriented around immigration and the challenges faced by immigrants around the world.

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American Canyon students get electoral education

The 2016 election has been an eye-opening experience for seniors at American Canyon High School who delved into electoral politics for a project focused on local and statewide campaigns. Students explored everything from the candidates running for City Council to California ballot measures as part of a semester-long assignment in government teacher Tom Solberg’s classes.

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The Need to Validate Vocational Interests

At a recent conference, I listened to a university president boast about a program she had developed in partnership with several local high schools. She told the story of one teenager who lived in a rural area and worked full time on his family’s farm in addition to attending high school.

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School Spotlight: Napa Junction Elementary School

In its third year as a New Tech School, Napa Junction Magnet School (NJMS) has been committed to developing a community of learners through its STEM-based, Project-Based Learning (PBL) program. The mission of the school is “to foster social and emotional growth, 21st century skill development, and academic progress within a STEM-focused curriculum.”

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The Startup Classroom

A few days ago I taught a Professional Development session for PBL teachers in the Napa Valley Unified School District.  The topic: The Startup Classroom: How to Rock Your Classroom Like a True CEO.

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A Ninja’s Take on Education Policy: Interview With Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond is something of a ninja in education policy. She founded and currently leads the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, Calif, and is a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. She also founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and helped redesign the Stanford Teacher Education Program. After President Barack Obama […]

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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the […]

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Napa astronaut to talk science with Vintage High students from space station

Twenty years after graduating from Vintage High School, Kate Rubins will pay a visit to her alma mater. A virtual visit, that is — from the International Space Station, 250 miles above the Earth. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Napa-raised Rubins will lead a 20-minute, space-to-school question-and-answer chat with Vintage students from the space station, […]

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Napa Valley Vintners grant $2.8 million for children’s education

The Napa Valley Vintners has again provided millions of dollars in support for programs and nonprofits helping children succeed inside and outside the classroom. About $2.8 million from this year’s Auction Napa Valley will be distributed through grants to 10 local organizations, plus the Vintners’ own Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative (NVELI).

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Teachers of the year honored for Napa Valley

Five teachers from throughout Napa Valley were honored on Tuesday for their commitment and innovation by being selected as “Teachers of the Year” by the Napa County Office of Education. The five instructors — three from middle schools and two from elementary schools — were singled out as “extraordinary” by County Superintendent of Schools Barbara […]

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Opinion: America desperately needs to redefine ‘college and career ready’

Well-intentioned national K-12 education goals are jeopardizing the futures of millions of kids. Our stated goal is making all kids “college and career ready.” The reality, though, is that we’ve turned schools into college prep factories, leaving the vast majority of kids ill-prepared for career or life.

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Teachers Are Individualizing the Learning Experience With eBooks, According to OverDrive Survey

CLEVELAND, OH–(Marketwired – August 29, 2016) – Technology in the classroom can be a scary thought for some teachers but it doesn’t have to be. The simplest way schools can integrate technology into the classroom is to start with reading. A digital reading platform with eBooks and audiobooks empowers students to take charge of their […]

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