In The News

Thanks for support of new school programs

On behalf of the NapaLearns board and all of the staff, teachers, and students in Napa County, I’d like to thank Auction Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners for their generous grant of $500,000 to support school innovation and transformation.

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‘Green’ school inspires Napa elementary students

When students at Napa’s Bel Aire Park Elementary School wanted to learn about energy and how to build a greener school, they didn’t have travel far, or go outside the county.

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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Let’s be clear: The problem with education in America is not lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. There are pockets of excellence that outshine the best of the best around the world. All across the country, students are designing, coding, composing, animating, and publishing. They are experimenting and solving problems of water and energy, creating […]

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CETF Annual Survey

Internet Connectivity and the “Digital Divide” in California Households is a summary report of the CETF 2015 survey that tracks the progress of broadband deployment and adoption throughout California.  The poll found wide differences in broadband connectivity in nation’s largest state:79% percent of California households have a broadband connection at home, while 21% do not, citing […]

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New Tech High students compete at NVC Business Plan Competition

Two groups of New Tech High School students won third and fourth place in the college division of the Napa Valley College Youth Entrepreneurship Program Business Plan Competition. The event was held in Napa on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students “soft” skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.

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Middle schoolers learn altruism firsthand

Redwood Middle School language arts teacher Teresa Silvagni said that when she first asked her students to create a presentation about an act of altruism, “Most didn’t even know what that word meant.”

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School of the Future

A cutting-edge high school shows how it’s done.

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School district students face Hour of Code challenge

Students throughout the Napa Valley Unified School District spent hours this week learning how to make Angry Birds fly or create a Star Wars galaxy.  What might have looked like a video game activity was really a lesson in computer coding.

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FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICY In bipartisan vote, Congress overwhelmingly approves new federal education law

Following a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly voted, 85-12, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ending more than a decade of federal education policy under the current version of the law, the beleaguered No Child Left Behind Act.

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Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to fix No Child Left Behind. The Obama administration is calling on the Senate to move the legislation quickly to the President’s desk for him to sign.

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Education matters

Frederick Douglass wrote, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” These inspiring words have held deep meaning to public educators for more than a century, because we know that the work of teaching a child to read is, in fact, a gift — the gift of lifelong learning.

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An Interview with Superintendent Marylou Wilson of the St. Helena School District

A little while ago we sat down with Superintendent Marylou Wilson to talk about why she signed the Future Ready pledge, her plans for her district, and where she sees education heading.

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Vintners bestow $3 million on youth development programs

The Napa Valley Vintners will donate $3 million from Auction Napa Valley to 10 nonprofit organizations and an early-learning initiative because they want to bolster educational opportunities for local students.

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College-Readiness Assessments: Be Careful What You Wish For

The arguments nationally about assessment are tending toward overly simplified characterizations: we’re testing too much, all high stakes testing is bad, just let teachers teach, all national assessment is useless and all local assessment is valuable. This pendulum swing away from the excesses of the past 15 years’ assessment practices and toward a more uncertain […]

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