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School changes are good for our community

I’d like to write in support of the Napa Valley Register Op-Ed on Sunday, Jan. 25 regarding the implementation of the Common Core standards in Napa County schools (“Promising changes in our schools”). As the executive director of NapaLearns, a nonprofit that supports the transformation of our schools, I have seen amazing commitment and hard work […]

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Technology propels preschoolers toward literacy

Nine million words. Or, 9,234,504, to be exact. That’s the amount of vocabulary Napa County preschoolers were reportedly exposed to in a new program implemented this past year. Beginning last February, more than 1,200 local preschoolers received free access to an early literacy computer platform called Footsteps2Brilliance.

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How Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar video brought the funk to one tech school

The Internet is giving high marks to a Dallas teacher and a student-created dance video to the hit song “Uptown Funk.” Inspired by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’ 2013 Oscar flashmob video, a teacher at A. Maceo New Tech High School in Dallas, Texas, devised a lesson plan for practical applications of technology. “Our school is unique because we’re project-based with no lectures,” Theater Arts […]

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Education matters

School culture and climate is one of the many factors that affect how well students learn. It’s no surprise: Students who feel connected to and safe in their schools, or who respect others and feel respected themselves, are probably going to learn more than students who don’t. And the teachers who spend their days with […]

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Napa School Is a Model for Tech Integration In K-12

When New Technology High School opened in Napa in 1996, it was an anomaly in the California public school system. Its students had access to a 1:1 environment with desktop computers at a time when many schools provided little (if any) access to personal technology. Teachers embraced a project based learning philosophy where students collaborated in teams, […]

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American Canyon students tackle serious issues, get published

Students at American Canyon Middle School have demonstrated that being 12 years old is not too young to delve into important and serious issues impacting society and to write exceptionally well about them. And even get their work published in the local newspaper. Seventh graders in English teacher Andrea Fett’s “accelerated” English Language Arts class were given […]

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Education Matters: The new Common Core standards

We don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will be. But we do know our future depends on a strong workforce, and today’s schools must prepare our kids to be part of it.

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Schools’ tech programs win federal recognition

The St. Helena Unified School District recently won federal recognition for giving students access to technology. The fact that every student has access to an online device played into the district’s favor when it was named one of the model districts for President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, which has a goal of giving 99 percent […]

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California Public Schools Get Creative to Save Arts Programs

State grants and private fundraisers are allowing students to learn things like puppetry, Taiko drumming and expanding imaginations.

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Perspective 2015: Napa County

New Education Model Napa County schools are moving from the old style, with a teacher lecturing in front and students staring glassy-eyed in rows, to a 21st century model, with kids working on projects in groups, with laptops or tablets, and the teacher and even community experts serving as facilitators. In the Napa Valley Unified […]

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Napa New Technology High School Selected for Filming Site

New Tech Network (NTN) announced Wednesday that Napa New Technology High School was selected as a national filming site for instructional videos. New Techepitomized a school with excellent instructional practices in PBL/PrBL (Project-Based Learning and Problem-Based Learning) classrooms.

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Peg Maddocks talks about Napa Learns and how it’s transforming public schools in Napa County

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Napa Schools and the NapaLearns nonprofit work together to bring project based learning to their classrooms

Napa is much more than wineries, restaurants and rolling hills. Despite the perceived wealth and luxury of the region, many families are in financial need. In Calistoga, for instance, 73% of families fall below the poverty line. Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) serves 18,326 students, many of which have a history of limited access […]

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New Tech High School Is National Demonstration Site for Technology in Classroom

Napa Valley Unified School District’s New Technology High School is a national model for using technology, project-based learning and 21st century skills to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of the future, and has been named a National Demonstration Site,New Tech Network (NTN) announced today.

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3 Tech Tools That Boost Early Literacy

It’s not written in stone, but educators agree that third grade represents a milestone in the race to establish literacy. As the saying goes, students are “learning to read” through third grade, and “reading to learn” after that. Realistically, the foundations of literacy are built well before children even enter the classroom. According to Rick […]

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