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21st Century Learning

Our mission is to transform lives by instilling 21st Century skills and to inspire lifelong learning

We believe it is imperative that we make learning relevant to the real world in order that our students can thrive in the work force, contribute to their communities and become respected members of society.

NVUSD is a student-centered, 21st century school district

The old classroom model – teacher-centered, one-way, one-size-fits-all – makes no sense to young people who have grown up in a digital world.  Instruction must enable students to take ownership of their own learning, use technology to enhance learning, and ensure that student are active participants and ENGAGED in personalized educational experiences.


The vision for district transformation has resulted in:

  • a set of district-wide Common Core aligned learning outcomes that prepare students to be active and successful participants in the 21st century.
  • assessment tools that align vertically from elementary through high school to measure mastery of those learning outcomes.
  • technology-rich classrooms that engage students in relevant, rigorous inquiries.


All NVUSD students will:

  • Graduate career and college ready through rigorous, relevant, inquiry based learning experiences and assessments aligned to Common Core standards.
  • Demonstrate and show evidence of progress in California Dept of Education content standards and the six Cs.
  • Bring – or be provided with - personal mobile devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets) as academic tools to participate in technology-infused learning experiences.

Each year we make excellent progress toward our goals

1. Prepare all students for College and Careers. 

More students are reading on grade level by third grade and leaving fifth grade prepared for middle school. More students are graduating on time with an increase in the percent meeting entrance requirements for UC/CSU. More students are taking AP classes and passing at higher rates. STEM, computer science, coding and robotics are expanding at elementary, middle and high school. 


2. Provide equitable access and opportunities to close the achievement gap.

Every middle and most high schools offer AVID for first-generation college bound students. Our attendance rates and school climate results (very low expulsions and suspensions) are among the best in California. Redesignation rates for English learners outperform state rates. Technology supports differentiated instruction so interventions adjust to daily needs.

3. Instill 21st century skills.

Students are demonstrating success on the six C's. More teachers and students are using technology as a teaching and learning tool. Our classes are more engaging and focused on real world applications, thanks to your work.

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