11 LitClubs IMG 8928"That was a powerful passage. Have you ever had that feeling?" Students in Beth and Karen’s Lit Club stopped to reflect on this question, posed during their discussion about Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse, engaging in a deep conversation about the motivation and emotions behind the main character’s actions. It is these evocative discussions — and the participation of community members who help lead them — that set Nueva’s Lit Club program apart from traditional literature classes. It’s a constructivist pedagogy where students create meaning for themselves through the experience of reading, inquiring, and examining stories.

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On October 19 and 20, more than 1,200 teachers, parents, and practitioners from public, charter, and independent schools from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Johannesburg, South Africa, gathered for the 2017 Innovative Learning Conference. More than 140 international thought leaders and local experts shared promising practices, inspiring stories, and cutting-edge research across an array of topics including creative and critical thinking, design thinking, wellness, computer science, and social-emotional learning, to name just a few.

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Twenty-two seniors presented their experiences as summer interns during the annual Internship Showcase, which took place on Wednesday, October 4. Upper school students, faculty, and parents attended three different senior-led sessions and asked questions following the presentations. The event gives internship participants a chance to share their experiences and inspires other students to think about what opportunities they might seek.

3rdfloorOn the third floor of the Upper School, history teacher Brian Cropper can see students come and go from a quiet, sun-filled corner. Sacred texts and religious icons line book shelves, and comfortable cushions decorate the floor. Unlike so many of the shared learning spaces across both campuses that invite collaboration, this corner invites introspection.

FS NPA Hero 1920pxParent socials, community dialogues, Common Ground Speaker Series, the Book Fair… so much is happening at Nueva. What’s it all about?



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