I’m extremely excited about a subject that’s brand-new to me: “student-centered 21st-century cchools” (SC21).I recently met with a good friend, Bob Fioretti, who was one of my leaders at Leadership Napa Valley.As we chatted, I asked Bob what exciting things he was involved in at the moment. (He recently wrote a wonderful new book along with Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy and Ken Blanchard entitled, “Discover Your Inner Strength.” An excellent read that I highly recommend.)As we were reminiscing about how life-changing LNV is, Bob shared that after five years he was no longer involved with the day-to-day program at LNV and that he was giving back to the community with something he feels equally passionately about; education and making a difference in young peoples’ lives.As Bob shared about this amazing new program of student-centered 21st-century education, my curiosity was piqued, to say the least. I wanted to know more about this system and to share this newfound knowledge with you.Bob introduced me to the lovely Dorothy Lind-Salmon, a NapaLearns board member who has been a huge supporter of student-centered learning and teaching for many years.I asked Dorothy if she would please enlighten us and she graciously complied.Thank you, Bob and Dorothy.Following is Dorothy’s story of her involvement, and a brief introduction to this exciting program.“See for yourself what today’s Napa high schools are really like.“Whether you remember your high school years fondly or not so fondly, today’s 21st-century high schools look, sound and feel nothing like high schools did 40 or more years ago. When I hear folks say they are worried about our schools and today’s students, I ask when they last visited a school. For everyone concerned about the future, take the time to tour our remarkable Napa high schools. I think that you will likely come away, as I do, thinking that today’s engaged students are going to do just fine creating tomorrow’s world.
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