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Team RoadmapsCome with your district team, or come as an individual, to learn from innovative school districts which have successfully transformed their schools. Each workshop will be led by a team of educators offering practical advice for capitalizing on exciting educational trends. 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.
Keynote Speaker“The biggest ‘game-changer’ in education is not a thing; it is an open mindset to all of the learning opportunities that come our way.”
George Couros – Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
Keynote Speaker

  • CONNECT with exemplary school districts that have transformed themselves around Common Core and 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
  • LEARN practical approaches for transforming your school or district so that you, your team, and students are engaged and excited.
  • LEAD the way by designing a course of action that will best prepare your students with 21st Century Skills-Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.
  • SHARE your unique plan with other teams at the conference.
School Site Visits
Change Theory and Transforming School CultureChange Theory and Transforming School Culture
Town Hall led by San Leandro School District and Kent School District, WA
Common Core, 21st Century Learning and Transforming Teacher PreparationCommon Core, 21st Century Learning and Transforming Teacher Preparation
Town Hall led by Tustin USD
Blended Learning and Transforming Classroom InstructionBlended Learning and Transforming Classroom Instruction
Workshop led by New Haven USD
Learning Environments and Transforming Physical SpaceLearning Environments and Transforming Physical Space
Workshop led by Napa Valley USD
Local Control, Accountability and Transforming How We Finance our SchoolsLocal Control, Accountability and Transforming How We Finance our Schools
Workshop led by Elk Grove USD
Common Core Readiness and Transforming How We Assess LearningCommon Core Readiness and Transforming How We Assess Learning
Workshop led by Poway USD and Blue Valley Schools, KS
College and Career ReadinessCollege and Career Readiness
Town Hall led by Blue Valley Schools, KS
School Site VisitsTransformation! It can be done!
American Canyon Middle School was an existing school that transformed itself within the New Tech Network. Today it is inspiring and preparing students for the possibilities of tomorrow by instilling the 4 “C”s – Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity in a respectful, safe and collaborative community by utilizing clear expectations and focusing on strengthening relationships. Come see how it is done!American Canyon Middle School
Visit New Technology High School, the flagship school of the New Tech Network. With 18 years of experience in project based learning and innovation in education, NTHS leads the way in re-imagining teaching and learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with NTHS students and see ideas in action: a culture that empowers, teaching and learning that engages, and technology that enables.New Technology High School
Green BusTravel with us to the site visit
on Napa’s Green Bus!
Join us Friday night for dinner at Napa’s famous Oxbow Public Market.

Napa Valley Education Exchange 2014 Steering Committee
Tom Davis, CALSA, Director of Events and Corporate Sponsorships
Laura Hewitt, Napa Valley Education Foundation, President
Peg Maddocks, Napa Learns, Executive Director
Vanessa Meno, Senior at New Technology High School
Mark Morrison, Napa Valley Unified School District, Director of Secondary Education
Michelle Spencer, New Technology High School, Principal
Patrick Sweeney, Napa Valley Unified School District, Superintendent
Sergio Villegas, NapaLearns, EdTech Coordinator
Napa Junction Elementary School American Canyon Middle School New Technology High School