Structured Word Inquiry Institute

Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26, 2020

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We are pleased to announce that this year’s seventh annual Nueva SWI Institute will continue, shifting to an online format using the Zoom platform.
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What is structured word inquiry (SWI)?

Structured word inquiry was started by Peter Bowers, Ph.D., founder of the WordWorks Literacy Centre in Ontario, Canada. For most of his ten years as an elementary school teacher in international schools and in Canada, Pete shared the common view that English spelling is highly irregular and full of exceptions to be memorized. In his ninth year of teaching, Pete developed a new inquiry-based technique for teaching English to students in preK through fifth grade.


June 22–26, 2020 


Virtual Institute


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I believe that work we’ve begun doing with Structured Word Inquiry is profound and revolutionary. I believe that it is relevant to educators who work in every discipline and with all age groups. I believe that it represents most accurately what we know about teaching and learning and enacts the core values held in our community.”**

Emily Kolatch
  former Head of the Nueva Lower School

**The above is taken from Emily’s short article on SWI at Nueva in the Nueva Journal. See her full article.

What I love about Pete's workshops is that he takes a room full of teachers and turns them into learners.”

- Jonathan Twigg
Primary School Assistant Principal-PYP Coordinator at International   School of Lausanne