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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American Canyon High senior to represent school at TEDX event

American Canyon. A local high school student is going to address her biggest audience ever in May. Angie Bustos, 18, of American Canyon will be participating in the TEDXNapaValley as the winner of the Student Speak-Off.

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‘Word gap’ targeted by California literacy efforts

Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko said that “almost every family” has a device, and that the district helps parents download the software and understand how to use it.

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Investing in our Future: Closing the Word Gap

By Assemblymember Bill Dodd This month marks the start of Spring, which embodies new growth and presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on our growth as a community. Over the last year, we’ve been able to make meaningful progress in California in a number of areas, including creating some of the toughest equal […]

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Phillips students rewarded for math grit

Students at Phillips Elementary School really know how to hustle when it comes to math. Last year, Phillips participated for the first time in LearnStorm, an online math challenge conducted throughout the Bay Area by the educational nonprofit Khan Academy.

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Closing the 30 million word gap

Mention Napa County, Calif., and what comes to mind for most people are rows of sun-splashed grapes—and well-tanned couples sipping wine under the shade of a vine-covered pergola. But Napa has its share of poverty, too. More than half of the student population is Latino, and many of these students come from poor households where English […]

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Youngsters’ weather forecast videos a hit with judges

The enthusiasm in the classroom was contagious. One little boy put his hand up again and again seeking to ask yet another question. He could barely sit still on the floor. Mark Danon, KRON4 meteorologist and morning news anchor, kept the group of about a dozen first- and second-graders at Howell Mountain Elementary School enthralled as […]

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