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Updated: January, 2015

March, 2015: NVUSD 21st Century Learning Visual Dartboard
January, 2015: Register now for the 2015 Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference, March 25-27
September, 2014: District Transformation Learning Walks & Study Tours


Napa Valley Unified School District, CA

  • Located in the Napa Valley of Northern California, the Napa Valley Unified School District consists of 32 Schools located on 28 sites serving approximately 17,000 students in grades K-12.
  • Patrick Sweeney, Superintendent
  • Homepage: http://www.nvusd.k12.ca.us/
  • Contact: Patrick Sweeney,Superintendent, Mark Morrison, Director of Secondary Education
  • Napa Learns: The Napa Valley Partnership for 21st Century Education, is a public benefit corporation formed to support and sustain educational improvements and innovations in all schools throughout Napa County, California and to bring equal educational opportunity to all our students.
  • Napa Valley Education Foundation


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District Transformation Learning Walks & Study Tours

District Transformation Learning Walks: Oct. 17, 2014; January 30, 2015; March 20, 2015. Register here.

District Transformation Learning Walks last all day long and include visits to multiple schools within Napa Valley Unified School District (NexTech Schools and New Tech High) and focus on the K-12 alignment of technology infused, project based learning and the 4 C's (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity). Sample agenda from Dec. 6, 2013. NVUSD Digital PBL Observation Form.

Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference: March 25-27, 2015

With special speakers Michael Fullan, Dale Dougherty, Bernie Trilling, and Educardo Briceno, the Napa Valley Education Exchange is committed to bringing together, in our annual conferences, educators and students and experts and visionaries to open our horizons and give us the inspiration, the shared vision and practical steps to move us on the way. From technology to Common Core, this two and a half day, results-oriented conference will be a dynamic exchange of ideas with educators, students, solution providers and thought leaders. Participants will work in teams, project-based learning style, to develop unique approaches for their school or district. We will allot plenty of time for teams to develop action steps and share ideas. 2014 Conference; 2013 Conference; 2012 Conference

New Tech High Study Tours

Visit New Tech High, one of the country's most innovative schools and the flagship school of the New Tech Network. Participants will tour the campus, visit classrooms, and interact informally with students and staff. Study Tour Dates 2014-2015: October 15, 2014; November 5, 2014; January 21, 2015; February 11, 2015; March 11, 2015; April 8, 2015.




Project-Based Learning, 21st Century Skills, and Assessment at Napa New Technology High School , 3 Videos by Pearson Foundation

NVUSD Management Conference 2014, Aug 6, 2014