Our Vision, Mission & Purpose
Founded in 1983, the mission of the Napa Valley Education Foundation is to provide leadership and mobilize the resources of our community in support of the initiatives and priorities of the Napa Valley Unified School District. Our vision is that great public schools inspire all children to achieve their potential and become vital members of our community. We support three strategy areas that engage and equip students for educational excellence: Creativity and the Arts, Technology-infused Learning, and College and Career Readiness.
In the area of Creativity and the Arts, NVEF has a longstanding commitment to expanding learning opportunities connected to arts and culture. This work builds on NVEF's existing Music Connection program and its recently concluded three year Campaign to Sustain Music that raised more than $250,000 to fund elementary school music programs which would otherwise have disappeared from 19 schools. NVEF is eager to help NVUSD expand its music education programming, and is collaborating with the Lincoln Theater and other organizations to bring more opportunities into the schools. NVEF will also continue its partnership with the Napa Valley Writing Project, a district wide program originally created from an NVEF teacher grant and now administered by the Lincoln Theater, that offers hundreds of students the opportunity to write and publish their own novel. As NVUSD and Napa Valley arts organizations work together to design additional opportunities for NVUSD students, NVEF is an active partner in finding resources to support these programs.
Another NVEF focus is supporting the transition to Common Core and the teaching of 21st century skills through technology-infused and project-based learning. Over the past thirty years, NVEF has given more than $1.5 million in individual teacher grants. As our teachers work more collaboratively to implement new ways of engaging students, NVEF has sought to reward their new levels of partnership by supporting teams of teachers and whole schools. In September 2013, NVEF gave grants to each of NVUSD's thirty two schools. Nearly half of the schools chose to use the funds to support professional development for their teachers, providing much-needed time for teachers to learn about the Common Core, collaborate with each other and plan lessons. Many other schools used the funds to provide students with technology they need to take advantage of new learning opportunities and the new online assessment system. As we begin our fourth decade, NVEF will continue to ensure that the funds it raises are going directly to support NVUSD teachers and students in ways that have the greatest impact on students.
Ensuring that all students are college and career ready by graduation is a core tenet of NVUSD's vision, and the third area of work that NVEF will be supporting over the next three years. This strategic area encompasses programs that begin as early as middle school with student exposure to various career paths, as well as the more hands-on internship and mentorship opportunities that help high school students define their passions and choose the post-secondary path that best prepares them for fulfilling, productive lives.
The Napa Valley Education Foundation has evolved significantly in the past three decades, but we remain committed to the belief that all of our children deserve a high quality education that keeps them engaged and excited about learning, and equips them for a future that is both personally satisfying and of value to our larger community.