Second annual conference focuses on future of education as participants develop, design and deliver the “School of the Future”

(Napa Valley, Calif.) – On April 18-20, teachers, school board and community members, parents, superintendents, business and finance managers, technology directors and others who form the foundation of education throughout California will gather at the Napa Valley Marriott to participate in the hands-on Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference. For three days, participants will use project-based learning techniques with their district teams to develop, design and deliver a model for the school of the future. They will also hear from and interact with education professionals and industry luminaries, sharing views on what schools will look like in 2020.

The Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference is unique, designed for participants to interact with presenters in small group settings. These teams take a hands-on approach to building a plan to tackle the myriad of challenges for future educators, working across the spectrum of stakeholders from their district. This year’s event is powered by Edmodo (, a key supporter of project-based learning in American schools and districts.

“Bringing together all educational stakeholders, this conference provides attendees the unique opportunity to work with technology and digital content providers, architects, security professionals, and others to build a new vision of the school of the future,” explains Patrick Sweeney, Superintendent for the Napa Valley School District and Conference Advisor. “School site visits, up-close and personal presentations from nationally recognized experts, and breakout sessions to discuss and develop thoughtful plans are all part of the information-packed agenda.”

The conference opens Thursday, April 18 with site visits to Napa Junction Elementary, American Canyon Middle, and New Technology High schools. Visitors will have the opportunity to see firsthand how these schools are addressing the education needs of today’s children, and discuss their own challenges. Participants will have ample opportunity to talk with school administrators and teachers, while observing students in classroom environments.

On Friday, April 19, the event opens with keynote speaker Dr. David Zach, a futurist and author, presenting “An Owner’s Guide to the Future.” Dr. Zach is known for his thoughtful yet humorous take on the future. His perspective is that what to think about the future is not as important as learning how to think about the future. Following Dr. Zach’s presentation, conference attendees will begin rotating through a series of highly interactive workshops structured to stimulate conversation, and begin the planning process for developing their vision of the school of the future. Friday night culminates with a gourmet dinner.

Saturday commences with participants attending an important workshop about funding future schools and concludes with conference attendees presenting their vision of the school of the future to team members and fellow educators.

“Equipping educators to serve our students well is a primary goal of the Napa Valley Education Foundation,” says Laura Hewitt, Board President of the Napa Valley Education Foundation. “We are proud to sponsor this important education conference in our locale, in partnership with NapaLearns and its wealth of expertise. Last year’s event set the bar, and we’re committed to exceeding its high participant ratings this year.”

To find out more about, or register for, the Napa Valley Education Exchange Conference, please visit:

About Napa Valley Education Foundation –
Great schools prepare students to create great communities. The Napa Valley Education Foundation is committed to creating an environment and providing the means to ensure all children in the Napa Valley have the opportunity, skills, preparation and education needed to reach their potential and become vital members of our community.

The Napa Valley Education foundation has been garnering private support, fostering community engagement and supporting the initiative and priorities of the Napa Valley Unified School District since 1983. Signature programs include the Music Connection, the Napa Valley Education Exchange, and the Spencer Colton Gold Star Teacher Grants.

About NapaLearns –
In partnership with Napa County schools and the County Office of Education, Napa Learns encourages the success of EVERY student by providing resources, funding, and support to help district staff adopt new teaching methods focused on the demands of the future including: 1) Early childhood reading and math, 2) Project-based learning opportunities in grades K-12, and 3) Technology and Internet access for all. For more information:

About Edmodo –
Edmodo empowers and connects teachers, administrators and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better educate children. Learn more at

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