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NAPA NATIVE ON 1ST SPACE MISSION ABOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

NAPA, Calif. (KGO) — Bay Area Astronaut Kate Rubins has been on the International Space Station for a few weeks now and she’s wasted no time beginning her study of the body and genetics in micro-gravity. Last month, mission commander Jeff Williams welcomed NASA’s newest space traveler after a two-day journey from Earth.

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Video games take the spotlight at new Napa Valley Museum exhibit

Millions of Americans happily wile away hours in front of their PlayStations, Xbox consoles and computers, delving into the fantasy realms of their choice. But is video gaming a form of art? The Napa Valley Museum is embracing the “yes” argument in the form of “Down the Rabbit Hole: Innovative Independent Video Games,” an exhibition the […]

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Innovative Schools Prioritize Maker Learning

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call-to-action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers. Over 1,400 U.S. school leaders have answered the call by signing the Maker Promise. For many members of the League of Innovative Schools, a network of the nation’s […]

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Get the Culture Right: The Most Important New School Factor

“Attend to your culture,” said Jim May who supports about 25 new schools each year for New Tech Network. “From certificates of occupancy to emergency plans to hiring, the list of operational realities that must be addressed when starting a new school is immense. Thus, it can be easy to overlook the importance of your […]

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Napa parents urged to ‘talk, read, sing’ to children

It sounds so obvious. Talking, reading and singing to young children, even babies, can boost early brain development and language skills, leading to greater success in school and beyond. Unfortunately, it’s a message that not every parent understands.

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When Tech Meets Project-Based Learning

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn’t much “tech” to support project-based learning. “We didn’t even give the kids email addresses back then,” he chuckles.

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PMIEF Grant to NapaLearns brings PM knowledge to youth

NapaLearns, a Project Learning Network member, is committed to engaging Napa County students in school, maximizing their abilities and  preparing them for success after graduation.  Executive Director Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. explained the enthusiasm for project management (PM) curriculum, saying “[Project management] is an incredibly valuable skill to use in your everyday life.  To learn it […]

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Local actors coach New Tech students

When New Technology High School’s freshman drama class decided to present Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” they got coaching from two professional Napa actors, Barry Martin and Rick Pallaziol. The class created their vision for an adaptation of the tragic story of doomed lovers: an ethereal dream world — with characters moving through a black-and-white world […]

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Students, especially girls, benefit from using robots to learn math

American Canyon high school and middle school students have so enjoyed working with robotics that they sometimes don’t realize that they’re also learning mathematics in the process. This kind of learning has delighted educators and parents, particularly with respect to young girls, who often struggle or lose interest in math and science once they reach middle […]

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4 Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom

It’s a new world: the digital and tangible are merging, and educators need to help students navigate the changing terrain. The solution? Let them be Makers.

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New Tech students craft board games that are more than just fun

Clever students at New Tech High School have found ways to make learning about the carbon cycle fun. They have turned the carbon cycle — the ways that carbon shift-changes in our natural and human-made worlds — into board games. It’s all part of a game design class, now in its second year, at New Tech.

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Step Two

Assessing 21st century skills is a critical component in moving students toward college and career readiness. As schools adopt increasingly complex standards for student learning, assessments are needed that can reliably measure critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. While there’s been a focus at federal and state levels on ensuring the alignment of assessments […]

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Students researching water issues

My sixth grade students at Redwood Middle School have been working on a project about water issues for the last few months as part of a project-based learning unit. They’ve developed 14 infographics in teams about different water issues (both local and global), including the Flint lead crisis, desalination, the proposed Vallejo cement plant, water […]

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3 Local schools win Gold Ribbon honors

Three schools in Napa County have been designated Gold Ribbon Schools by the California Department of Education.

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NCOE program receives excellence award

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) innovative Digital Early Learning program has received the 2016 “Partners in Educational Excellence Award” from the Association of California School Administrators.

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