Barry Schuler, the former CEO of America Online, has been working for the past 10 years to improve and modernize education in Napa, Calif., and the results have spread to 40 schools nationwide. At a private elementary school Schuler helped found, students learn through collaboration and a project-based curriculum. Those philosophies are also in effect in the Napa Valley district's New Technology High School, with which Schuler is involved, and he is pushing for officials to adopt the high school's curriculum districtwide.

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