Project-based Learning

Transforming education through engaging and authentic learning experiences

Project-based learning (PBL) helps students of all levels to practice their individual creativity and to develop the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills they need in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. In every business sector, employers most value workers who exhibit these skills.

PBL was born in Napa Valley in 1996 at New Technology High School. In 2012 NapaLearns was founded with the goal of bringing project-based learning to more schools in Napa County. As a result, the NexTech program funded by NapaLearns makes PBL available to more than 11,000 students.

The Challenge

  • 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented.
  • Only 40% of students who attend college complete a degree.
  • 60% of managers feel that graduates lack the essential critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in the workplace.

Our Work

We invest in the tools, technologies, and professional development that schools need to implement project-based learning.


NapaLearns’ NexTech program provides schools with funding to implement the New Tech Network PBL model. 

Our Impact


Invested in 13 schools using project-based learning approaches



Graduation rate across participating NexTech schools



Teachers using project-based learning reaching 11,140 students


Our Featured Partners

Our partners play an important role in helping us reach and engage Napa County teachers to adopt teaching innovations and improve learning outcomes.