California institute takes lead in promoting project-based learning

After overcoming a childhood of poverty and proximity to gang violence, Victor Arellano graduated from high school in Hayward last month and is now headed to the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship.

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New Tech Network President and CEO, Lydia Dobyns, Attends Recent White House Convening on Innovations in Career Technical Education

Washington, D.C. | June 30, 2015 – Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network (NTN), attended the recent White House Convening ─ Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education ─ that was held Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Dobyns joined a select group of education leaders, business and industry partners, teachers and students who […]

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next […]

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A whole new summer school

Summer school, once the bane of kids needing to retake classes they failed, has evolved into a broader academic program that seeks to prepare incoming high school students for long-term success, even into and beyond college.

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GSOE Graduates Making a Difference in Students Lives – Three Stories of Success!

Mike Willmarth (Class of 2011) was named Napa Valley Teacher of the Year from the Napa Rotary Club this week.  This prestigious award comes on the hells of Mike being selected as the 2015 Vanguard award winner for contribution on education, sustainability or community development by the University of Oregon.  Mike and his students “raised $1,415 […]

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Are you ready for the 5th Grade Challenge?

Fifth graders from Napa and St. Helena will face off against a group of local celebrities in a knowledge quiz. The event will pit teams of students against Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, District Attorney Gary Lieberstein, Registrar of Voters John Tuteur, Mustard Seed owner Barbara Wiggins, Napa Register Editor Sean Scully, KVON Radio Personality Ira C. […]

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King of the nerds

Students from American Canyon’s middle school and high school scored big victories at a robotics competition held at UC Davis on Saturday. Four teams of kids, two from each school, participated in C-STEM Day 2015, where teenagers from all over California programmed modular robots, known as Linkbots, through a series of challenges.

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King of the nerds

Students from American Canyon’s middle school and high school scored big victories at a robotics competition held at UC Davis on Saturday. Four teams of kids, two from each school, participated in C-STEM Day 2015, where teenagers from all over California programmed modular robots, known as Linkbots, through a series of challenges.

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New Tech Network High School Graduation and College Enrollment Outperforms National Average for Fifth Consecutive Year

New Tech Network (NTN), today released its 2015 Data Report showing a higher than national average rate of high school graduation and college enrollment from NTN schools located in diverse communities across the country. New Tech Network’s strong student performance continues from previous years’ outcomes and is noteworthy as the number of schools has expanded […]

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Donaldson Way Elementary students plant trees

Students from Donaldson Way Elementary School planted trees in American Canyon as part of a project that taught them about nature and community.

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Kids Get a Peak Inside Google at I/O Developer Conference

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The final day of the Google I/O Developers Conference brought thousands of techies to San Francisco’s Moscone Center, along with some people who would normally be in school.

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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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