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How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success

What does the effective implementation of project-based learning (PBL) look like within a school or across an entire system? There’s no one right answer, according to superintendents and school leaders who have started down this path.

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New principal picked for Redwood Middle School

Maryanne Christoffersen, assistant principal at Redwood Middle School, has been named principal of the school, starting July 1. She replaces Drew Herron, who is stepping down after three years.

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Napa district joins ‘farm to school’ food movement

The farm-to-table movement is moving to Napa Valley Unified School District cafeterias. To encourage students to eat the freshest California produce, 42 public school districts across the state are launching California Thursdays. Napa students are part of 1.2 million school children statewide who are participating in this program.

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Two NVUSD magnet schools receive Distinction Awards

Congratulations to Janine Burt, principal of Bel Aire Park International Baccalaureate World School, and Pam Perkins, principal at Salvador Arts Integration School, who were presented Magnet School of Distinction awards at the 2015 Magnet Schools of American Conference in Raleigh, N.C., last month. The two NVUSD elementary schools were the only honorees from California.

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St. Helena Schoolchildren Learn Entrepreneurship and Tech Skills As ‘Movie Moguls’

Twelve classrooms, from grades 3 to 5, at St. Helena Elementary School are learning the basics of entrepreneurship through a new program from BizWorld.org and courtesy of a grant from Pascal and Melanie Levensohn.  The program, “BizMovie,” teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship while encouraging them to explore technology. Students work in teams to start and […]

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Educators, experts converge on Napa this week

How do students best learn the basic skills of Common Core while also practicing the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity? How can a classroom layout facilitate learning? What are the best ways to assess how well schools are doing? More than 175 educators and experts will converge in Napa this week […]

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The walls came tumbling down

AMERICAN CANYON — Second graders at Napa Junction Elementary School have demonstrated they are not too young to learn about engineering, or too young to learn the lessons that failure teaches.  About 75 students in three classes at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Magnet School recently participated in a wall-building project that taught them […]

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“Napa Valley College Now” looks at the role of technology in Kindergarten and Pre-K

What role should technology play in Pre-K and Kindergarten? Are iPads for all a good idea?  Peg Maddocks, Executive Director of NAPA LEARNS and Darrell Whitacre, Director of the Napa Valley College, Child Development Center address these questions:

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NCOE named “2015 District of Distinction”

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) has been named a “2015 District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine.  Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are demonstrating education excellence with innovative approaches and ideas that work, and can be replicated by other districts […]

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Assistant principal takes the helm at Napa High

Already the parent of two children, you could say Annie Petrie is now in charge of 1,900 more.  Petrie has been named the new principal at Napa High School, becoming the second woman to lead Napa’s largest high school. She takes the helm from longtime principal Barbara Franco, who will retire at the end of […]

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Shaping futures at Napa High machine shop

Turning the metal dials on an engine lathe, Maddie Kellogg, 17, carefully eyed a computer monitor as a metal bit began to shave an aluminum bar she’d secured into the lathe. As the wheel turned, the cylinder began to take shape. Kellogg, a junior at Napa High School, explained that she was making the head […]

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When school’s out in Napa, AmeriCorps volunteers step in

For nearly 4,000 county elementary and middle school students, education doesn’t stop with the ringing of the final classroom bell. Instead, tutoring, sports and after-school activities take over the classrooms and schoolyards – often with volunteers in the lead.

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Passion drives Nemko to advocate for ed tech

There’s no great secret to being an effective advocate for technology in education, says Barbara Nemko, the longtime Napa County (California) Superintendent of Schools.  “You can’t be an advocate unless you’re passionate about it too,” she said.

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School assignment wins AmCan student $20,000 scholarship

AMERICAN CANYON — Sometimes doing your homework, and putting in a little extra effort, can really pay off. Just ask Alondra Sanchez, a senior at American Canyon High School.  The quiet, unassuming teenager was given an assignment along with the 36 other kids in her economics/government class to participate in an online simulation that teaches […]

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A garden of enthusiasm

AMERICAN CANYON — Being a third-grader at Canyon Oaks Elementary means a whole lot more than just learning about reading, writing and arithmetic.  It also can mean getting your hands dirty, quite literally, and actually wanting to stay after school long after the bell has rung … on a Friday no less.

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