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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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FOOTSTEPS2BRILLIANCE: NAPA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

Decades of research show that children from poor families enter school with weaker language skills than children from more privileged families. The language gap can start at 18 months, and by the time they are five years old, these kids score more than two years behind on language development tests.

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New Tech Network Showcased at White House Next Generation Summit

WASHINGTON, DC- Nov 10, 2015 Today, the White House welcomed the first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, hosting students, education practitioners from districts and charter organizations, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, and education innovators.

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American Canyon students get a head start on voting

AMERICAN CANYON — As a first-time government teacher at American Canyon High School, Tom Solberg didn’t know what to expect when he told dozens of his students that instead of spending all their time in class doing schoolwork, they could go out and work on getting their fellow students registered to vote as part of […]

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Napa Valley Vintners working to close student achievement gap

The early results may soon be know of an intensified effort by Napa Valley Vintners and First 5 Napa County to close the achievement gap between English-learners and English-fluent students when they enter school.

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Pediatricians Now Agree: Screen Time Isn’t So Bad for Kids

Screen time isn’t necessarily bad for kids—it depends what they’re doing on that screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently agreed, dropping strict time-based limits in favor of more open-ended guidelines.

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Third-graders hunt down Napa history

Small groups of visitors holding maps and looking somewhat lost descended on downtown on Tuesday morning, but these weren’t typical tourists in search of the nearest wine tasting room. A class of third-grade students from Bel Aire Elementary School had ventured into the city center for a Napa history scavenger hunt.

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Teachers say critical thinking key to college and career readiness

California teachers say critical thinking skills, not scores on standardized tests, are the best way to assess whether students are prepared for success in college and the workplace, according to an online survey by EdSource in partnership with the California Teachers Association.

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New Tech Network Announces New School Openings

New Tech Network (NTN), a national non-profit school development organization, today announced that “Back to School” means the opening of 24 new schools in the U.S. These new schools bring the network to 175 K-12 public district and charter schools in 28 states. The Network’s growth, opening more than 112 schools in five years, is […]

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Auction Napa Valley Funding Helps More than 100,000 Clients in 2014

St. Helena, CA – More than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofits were helped in one year as a result of investments by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) through Auction Napa Valley proceeds, according to a new report. The report is an annual assessment to evaluate and quantify the work of the NVV’s nonprofit partners […]

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County education honored for preschool literacy effort

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) has been recognized for helping preschool children become better prepared for kindergarten through the use of technology.

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CDW-G Announces Its Inaugural Collaboration Nation Grand Prize Winner

Over the last few months, entries for CDW-G’s Collaboration Nation awards program poured in from across the country. Districts and schools took students on interactive virtual adventures, kept pupils engaged on snow days, empowered students to build a 3-D printed prosthetic hand and embraced technology by letting the students become the teachers. There was no […]

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The Sleeper

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Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

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