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Thursday, October 17
 

9:00am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 1: Theme & Variations, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to Language Arts and the Humanities in the elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about Language Arts, Humanities, Word Study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see the how structured word inquiry (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated in any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on History, Philosophy, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

Part 1: Theme and Variations
STEM gets all the attention in schools these days, but the Humanities have never been more important. Of course reading and writing are essential, even more so now in the online world in which our students live. And we see every day in the news what happens to those who don't communicate clearly, don't have a deep understanding of the sweep of human history, and don't think for themselves rationally. In this first session, we will talk about how themes and central subjects tie the curriculum together, touch briefly on reading, the place of poetry and music in the program, and focus on writing and language skills: spelling, handwriting, grammar, punctuation.


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avatar for Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Studying a Word: Young Students and Structured Word Inquiry, Room A-117
Young children come to school interested in the English language and in understanding how the writing system works. Our students deserve accurate instruction that meets the learning styles of all learners and builds upon their natural curiosity. Structured Word Inquiry shows us that we can wonder about words just like other scientific concepts! Every word has a story, and it is the meaning of a word, not just the sounds, that holds the key to a word’s spelling. We can successfully go beyond simplistic CVC instruction from the start.

In this workshop, three early childhood teachers will present the programmatic planning, routines, and concrete experiences that have supported their efforts to implement Structured Word Inquiry in a meaningful, active, and playful way with young children. 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Carolee Fucigna

Carolee Fucigna

Former PreK Teacher / Educational Consultant, The Nueva School
Carolee Fucigna has been involved in teaching and research in early childhood education for the past 42 years. She is deeply inspired by the pedagogy in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and used their work to frame her practice as Nueva's prekindergarten teacher. She currently resides in New... Read More →
avatar for Diana Friedman

Diana Friedman

1st Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Diana joins us from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, where she taught second grade. After earning her degree in elementary education with a concentration in math from the University of Wisconsin, Diana began her teaching career as a Montessori teacher in Chicago, where... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Loveless

Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Designing Monstrosity: Utilizing Design Thinking in the English Classroom, Room 1204
English courses often rely upon analytical writing assignments to engage students in deep thinking about literature, but how can we devise projects that develop imaginative problem-solving skills beyond the analysis of language? In this session, we will focus on a project in our ninth-grade English class, where students engage tenets of the Design Thinking process to respond to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With the eventual goal of creating their own monsters, students interview designers and artists within the world of monstrosity while they explore their interpretations of the text and consider the larger implications of Shelley’s work. Through exploring this project and several student exemplars, participants will consider how the Design Thinking process can shift some of the work of literature-based projects and the English classroom toward a wider scope of skill development.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Alexa Hart

Alexa Hart

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Alexa Hart currently teaches upper school English at Nueva. Her classroom experience ranges from teaching third grade in Peru to teaching at a large, public high school in rural Vermont to working at an independent Jewish school in Vancouver, BC. Most recently, before she came to... Read More →
avatar for Jen Neubauer

Jen Neubauer

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Jen Neubauer currently teaches high school English at Nueva, and she has also taught humanities and writing in Nueva’s middle school. In her twelve years as an educator, Jen has taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City, and she has worked... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 2: Humanities and Philosophy through Structured Word Inquiry, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to Language Arts and the Humanities in the elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about Language Arts, Humanities, Word Study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see the how structured word inquiry (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated in any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on History, Philosophy, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

PART 2: Humanities and Philosophy through Structured Word Inquiry
In this session, Dr. Peter Bowers leads structured word inquiry (SWI) lessons targeting key words and concepts that drive Sessions 1 and 3. The Nueva School is at the forefront of schools around the world using SWI (Bowers & Kirby, 2010). SWI applies scientific inquiry to understand how English spelling marks connections of meaning between present-day English words through morphology via the historical sources of those words (etymology). Within this meaningful context, grapheme-phoneme correspondences (phonology) can be understood that otherwise seem random. Consider the pronunciation of the <t> grapheme in the words innate, nature, nation, and native. These words all share an English base that goes back to a Latin root nasci, natus for “come into being, born.” These connections explain why the word nation is not spelled *<nashun> or nature *<nachur>. More importantly for the science or humanities teacher, collecting these words via their common historical root enriches discussion of the meaning of all of these words. Interest in SWI usually begins as a form of spelling/reading instruction. But as schools like Nueva dive into this instruction, it becomes apparent that it is equally valuable as a means of deepening understanding of terms and concepts in any area. Combining this session with classes on humanities and philosophy provides a way to model this process.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bowers

Peter Bowers

Founder, WordWorks Literacy Centre
Pete Bowers, PhD, is a teacher, researcher, author, and founder of WordWorks Literacy Centre. His research on morphological instruction and "Structured Word Inquiry" and his practical work with schools are transforming how researchers, teachers, tutors, and students around the world... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

A Third Grade Interactive Spelling Lesson with Structured Word Inquiry: A Demonstration Lesson, Room A-208
Throw out your spelling lists and instead understand how to teach
spelling to all of your students with scientific inquiry. Using Structured
Word Inquiry, students will analyze a bank of words to determine their
potential connections by considering the words’ etymology (history)
and morphology (meaningful structure). They will demonstrate the
process using two of SWI's most common tools: the word sum and the
lexical matrix. This process allows students to see the deeper
structure of words and their meaningful elements, such as prefixes,
suffixes, and bases. Students approach new words with confidence,
applying their knowledge to seemingly unconnected words. Finding
these surprising connections inspires a joyful attitude towards
language learning and builds classroom community. By studying
content words across the curriculum, student vocabulary levels
increase and complex subjects are demystified as the meaning of
these words becomes clear.

Instead of giving a spelling list centered on a given sound, capitalize
on the brain’s ability to organize information based on meaning.
Starting from meaning promotes deeper understanding and retention.
Come see how you can bring curiosity and engagement to your
spelling lessons and transform your students’ learning experience.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Erin Metcalf

Erin Metcalf

3rd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Erin Metcalf joined the Nueva community in 2014. Beginning as an associate teacher in first and second grade, this is now her fourth year as a lead teacher in third grade. She is passionate about student-centered instruction, social-emotional learning, and Structured Word Inquiry... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Loveless

Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:20am

Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking for All, Room 1204
To quote Erik Palmer, “Tragically, most students don’t speak well. You’ve noticed.”

One important element of a student’s educational growth and development is the ability to effectively communicate thoughts, not only on paper, but also through oral communication. Helping students find their voices in the classroom, and using those voices to “speak up and be heard,” has been an important part of our humanities curriculum at Nueva. Although Susan Cain, author of Quiet, suggests that one-third of us are introverts, that does not preclude that fraction from becoming accomplished public speakers. This presentation will illustrate some tools and techniques we employ as we work with students to help them become more effective communicators, both in and out of the classroom.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Gary Kaplan

Gary Kaplan

Middle School Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Gary Kaplan came to Nueva after many years practicing law. As a life-long athlete, Gary has channeled his athletic interests into coaching young athletes, where he focuses not only on athleticism and skill development, but also on confidence-building and having a personal “presence... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:30am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 3, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to language arts and the humanities in elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about language arts, humanities, word study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see how structured word inquiry (SWI; Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated into any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on history, philosophy, grammar, vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

PART 3: Philosophy in the Classroom 
In this third session we will briefly talk about Constructing the Universe (an integrated approach to Humanities and Math), then focus on Philosophy. Philosophy? Yes! Just as important as language skills is students' ability to use those skills to communicate clearly and think for themselves critically, logically, and creatively. How can they learn to make sense of the onslaught of information overload that is part of their daily lives? How can they learn to make their way through the misleading and manipulative minefield that our national discourse has become? What an increasingly out-of-control world needs is a generation that grows up learning to think, write, and converse critically, clearly, rationally, and sensibly. This session will give a brief overview, with resources for further investigation, of an integrated and perception-altering approach to the humanities that combines reading, writing, and history with philosophy, ethics, and logic — an approach that uses the techniques of Design Thinking, provides a new language for SEL, and allows students to begin to sharpen their critical faculties to make sense of what they read, see, and hear.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Matt Berman

Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:20pm

StoryCorps in the Classroom: Using Digital Media to Support Social and Emotional Learning, Room 317
In this hands-on session, educators will explore how StoryCorps’ digital audio and other tools supports social and emotional learning and provides rich opportunities for educators and students to practice empathy. Come prepared to reflect on your practice, delve into StoryCorps' teaching resources and become a part of the cadre of educators from around the country who are using these resources to promote listening and learning.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lisa V. Gale

Lisa V. Gale

Chief Program Officer, StoryCorps
Lisa V. Gale, PhD, joined StoryCorps as chief program officer in 2017. She is a member of the organization's five-member executive team and oversees the production of audio and animated shorts, the interview collection (including a MobileTour, StoryBooths in two cities, and a team... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:45pm

Nurturing Human Experience through Violin Studies and Classical Music as Supported by the Mission Statement of The Nueva School, Ballroom
Life lessons are learned through violin studies in classical music from early childhood to maturing years.

Mastering of the violin and the notation and language of classical music is fundamental in the search for deeper meaning of the composers’s music.

Why is humanity so important to making music? How do musicians recreate the heart and soul of the composers’s music?

The mission statement of the Nueva School develops the whole child and fully supports the study of music in all genres and the fine arts in general.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Sin-Tung Chiu

Sin-Tung Chiu

Menuhin Violin Instructor, Director of Nueva String Ensemble, The Nueva School
Sin-Tung Chiu began winning awards in violin and chamber music at the age of 12, while studying violin with Chung-On Chan in Hong Kong. Sin-Tung, an alumnus of Dartmouth College, the Juilliard School, Teachers College of Columbia University, Meadowmount Summer School of Music, and... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

Big History in Kindergarten: Using a College Curriculum as Inspiration for Investigating the Big, Beautiful Questions of our Youngest Minds, Room L104
Young children ask more big beautiful questions than at any age. Many of these questions come from their need to understand how things came to be. Using the college curriculum of Big History as inspiration, our kindergartners embarked upon a two-month study of the history of nature to investigate their wonders. Join us to learn more about how a group of curious young children contemplated some very big mysteries.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Evan Bartz

Evan Bartz

6th Grade Writing and Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Evan steps into role of sixth-grade writing and humanities teacher after working as an associate teacher for two years in Nueva's Lower School. He was born in San Jose and has lived most of his life in the Bay Area. He studied English literature at UC Berkeley and, before Nueva, tutored... Read More →
avatar for Laraine Ray

Laraine Ray

Kindergarten Teacher, The Nueva School
Laraine Ray has been an early childhood educator for 40 years; the last fifteen as a kindergarten teacher at The Nueva School.  She specializes in developing intellectually stimulating curricula that stems from student interest. Using the children’s questions as a starting point... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

Crafting a Structured Word Inquiry Lesson, Room A-215
You are ready to engage your students with a whole new way of studying spelling, but you’re not sure where to begin. A few simple steps can transform your language instruction and reach the wide variety of learners in your classroom, especially those who struggle with traditional methods. Come and see how to create a wonder wall that inspires curiosity and deep questioning. Walk through how to get started investigating morphological word families through SWI. Learn something new about English orthography along the way, as the realm of academic language is illuminated. By offering a pathway to true understanding, you will reinforce the importance of the scientific inquiry process and offer students a richer and joyful experience of their own language.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Rebecca Loveless

Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010