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Updated: September, 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


NVUSD Prepares Students for 21st Century


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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Study Tours

District Transformation Learning Walks & Study Tours

District Transformation Learning Walks: Register here.

2015: Thursday, November 5;
2016: Thursday, January 28; Friday, February 26; Thursday, March 17; Thursday, April 14

The LeadIn Deeper Learning Walk is a full day experience that showcases the NVUSD's transformation to a 21st Century District. Through visits to multiple schools K-12, participants observe a focus on the alignment of technology-infused, project-based learning classrooms that foster the development of 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. District Transformation Learning Walks include visits to multiple schools within Napa Valley Unified School District (NexTech Schools and New Tech High). See Learning Walk Agenda from April 24, 2015, NVUSD Digital PBL Observation Form, LeadIn Napa brochure,and Slides from American Canyon High School, one of the visit sites.

Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference: March 17-18, 2016

At the 2015 conference, 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. 2015 Conference; 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 2015-2016: October 12, 2015 October 22, 2015; November 4, 2015; December 8, 2015; February 10, 2016; March 17, 2016; April 12, 2016; May 11, 2016. See “Designing a new way to start the school year", by Denise Plowman, August 20, 2015. New Tech students spent their first three days of school year 2015 in an intensive all-school challenge.




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