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For the first time ever, over a dozen Nueva faculty members will walk in the shoes of their middle and upper school students, as they complete a year-long Quest in myriad areas of study. While the end goal and personal motivations of those participating vary greatly, everyone involved views the opportunity as a way to build empathy with their students, experience Quest first-hand, and thereby improve their ability to advise and consult current and future students.

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On Thursday, October 19, educators from around the world will converge on Nueva for the launch of the 2017 Innovative Learning Conference.

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Every other year, the Innovative Learning Conference brings educational thought leaders, practitioners, teachers, and parents from public and independent schools to Nueva for two days of engaging, challenging, and inspiring discussions.

03 sam class subtractionAt Nueva, literacy instruction has little to do with spelling lists and rote memorization. Instead, our lower and middle school students engage in Structured Word Inquiry, a learning process steeped in linguistic exploration and scientific inquiry. Rather than looking at English as a phonetic language, students look at the structure of words to uncover their definition. They make hypotheses about the meaning of words, investigate their assumptions, wrestle with wrong answers, and ultimately develop a deeper understanding of the English language.

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A parent recently shared with Head of School Diane Rosenberg that after a long summer away from Nueva, their child reported feeling “schoolsick.” The joy of returning to Nueva was omnipresent on Monday morning as students arrived to our campuses in Hillsborough and Bay Meadows.



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