Part of our school's strategic vision is to share educational resources with people and organizations outside Nueva, particularly with public and underserved schools in the Bay Area. Nueva strives to share exceptional and relevant information through professional development, scholarships, and partnerships with local organizations.
Partnerships with institutions can enhance student learning. For example, the Innovation Lab recently partnered with Kaiser Permanente's Health Care Innovation Center for Middle School students to explore problems in health care and invent solutions. Kaiser Permanente's Garfield Innovation Center is a living laboratory where ideas are tested and solutions are developed in a hands-on, mocked-up clinical environment. Many aspects of delivering health care can be innovated and examined at the center using real-world scenarios and activities such as simulations, technology testing, prototyping, product evaluations, and training.
Nueva also provides scholarships for students and educators to attend its programs such as the Innovative Learning Conference, and Nueva Summer camp. It also offers teaching resources to educational professionals through the Social-Emotional Learning Institute, and the Design Thinking Institute.
Children from outside Nueva receive scholarships to attend the Nueva Summer camp, which brims with a variety of offerings such as music, photography, languages, robotics, cooking, fencing, gardening, and much more. Nueva funds children that otherwise would not be able to attend our camp by collaborating with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America around the peninsula, and the SMART (Schools, Mentoring, and Resource Team) program, which provides motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with educational opportunities, personal experiences, and social support services.
The service-learning component of Nueva's program also provides opportunities for community outreach. Students have worked on projects with local organizations such as food banks, conservation groups, and educational programs. Working with local organizations and groups furthers Nueva's goal of inspiring its children to change our world for the better.