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In these uncertain times, Nueva students are the tides of change, leading the next generation to be kinder than the one before. On Monday, February 5, dozens of lower school students raised their colorful, handmade signs in a Kindness March to spread love and compassion around Nueva.

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Nueva prepares students to be citizens of the world, to think and act globally with empathy and understanding. This commitment is central to three exciting initiatives underway: the Collaborative for Innovative Education, Global Online Academy, and Mastery Transcript.

These three initiatives, both intertwined and distinct, demonstrate Nueva’s 50-year commitment to serving gifted learners through curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment. Over the coming months, Nueva Digest will take you behind the scenes of these exciting endeavors.

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Now in its third year as an official student publication, Nueva’s student-run Journal of Literature and the Arts, affectionately known by its staff as “Lit Mag,” is gearing up for its spring issue, which will be published in June.

The staff of the magazine, made up of students in all four grades at the Upper School, has begun the process of publicizing the journal’s open submission period, gathering student writing and visual art for consideration by the curation and copyediting boards.

 IMG 18261Nueva middle school students learn by caring in Christine Braun's robotics class. In December 2017, Chris, the shop manager & I-Lab engineer, met with the Los Angeles chapter of GoBabyGo! — a University of Delaware-based program dedicated to mobilizing young children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and posture affecting more than 200,000 children each year, and there is no known cure. Chris brought her inspiration to Nueva and recently led a team of middle school students in the design, construction, and delivery of the school’s first car to a GoBabyGo! family.

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Nueva’s Design Thinking Program teaches students to solve problems through empathic design — that is, solving problems with a user in mind — and prototyping and iterating to discover viable solutions. Design Thinking is one of the pillars of the Nueva experience, and the I-Lab is the place where students come to build their creative confidence, practice the Design Thinking process, and learn to manifest their ideas into meaningful world change.

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