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Thursday, October 17


Collaborative Assessment Modalities, Trans-Disciplinary Student Portfolios, Room 217
We will jointly explore a new model of collaborative assessment that we piloted as part of an innovative transdisciplinary elective on computational biology last spring at Nueva. This course was based on asynchronous, modular work that guided the students to curate individual portfolios. The participants in our session will be immersed in the process we followed, using small-group facilitated conversations about anonymized pieces of student work in different modalities to articulate what they see. This will follow a short presentation of our outcomes rubric. My hope is to inspire others to try similar student-centered, collaborative modalities of assessment, and to receive feedback on our process.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Samantha Huff

Upper School Associate Teacher, The Nueva School
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Ted Theodosopoulos

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Ted is thrilled to have moved across the country with his family to join Nueva’s upper school math faculty, bringing his diverse teaching career at all levels in academics. Most recently Ted was the mathematics department chair at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, and before that... Read More →

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


Using Competency-Based Learning in the Humanities: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, Room 1202
As part of our partnership with the Mastery Transcript Consortium, Nueva is pioneering competency-based learning and assessment in a number of new courses. In this presentation, we will share our process of creating an interdisciplinary, competency-based course in the humanities and social sciences that examines artistic and activist responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis. We’ll discuss the exciting challenges and opportunities presented by a team-taught course that responds to student interest and skill, and that incorporates portfolios, asynchronous learning, and travel. Participants will come away with concrete strategies for incorporating competency-based learning in their own classes, on both a micro and macro level.

All disciplines and grade levels are welcome!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Alegria Barclay

Director of Social Justice, PreK-12, The Nueva School
After many years abroad, working at the International School in Bangkok and the International School of Prague, Alegria returns to the Bay Area to serve as our inaugural equity and social justice coordinator. Alegria works closely with the Board’s Diversity Committee, division heads... Read More →
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Allen Frost

Director of the Innovative Teacher Program, The Nueva School
Allen Frost joins Nueva from Stanford University, where he received his PhD in English in June 2015. His dissertation focused on representations of geography and space in 20th century American novels, from William Faulkner to Jonathan Franzen. At Stanford, he taught courses in American... Read More →

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


The Holy Grail of Science Research: A Self-Propagating and Student-Led Novel Science Research Program, Room 208
Inspired by design, we reverse-engineered a teaching structure that achieved these goals.

• Students teach and train other students.
• The problems are real.
• Students create their own projects.
• Student lead & direct the research.
• Authentic skills. (communication, lab, scientific journal dissection)
• Students iterate and troubleshoot their work.
• Students can choose their level of involvement (15 min/week to 5 hrs/week)

Imagine a program that achieved these goals. What would it look like? Rather than creating a science research class, this program would generate a science research culture. Rather than being recruited by teachers, kids would be drawn to it. It would exist inside the curriculum, before school, during lunch, and after school; students could access it at any time. Busy students could get involved without taking a class or getting any homework. Most importantly, it could be run with minimal faculty oversight. Join me as I present a multitiered approach to getting students to do novel, publishable research.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Luke De

Upper School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Luke De became an upper school science teacher at Nueva after working at the Pingry School (K–12) in New Jersey. In addition to developing and teaching several biology courses, Luke led the effort to design and implement a high school science research program in which students engage... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Giving Feedback on Student Work for a Growth Mindset, Room 243
In this session, we will analyze various types of feedback and discuss the benefits of each through a lens of promoting resilience and grit in students. We will also discuss some of Carol Dweck's recent reanalysis of the backlash to her growth mindset work and some new ways of thinking about it.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lissie McAlvey

Middle School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Lissie joins Nueva from Chicago, where she was a middle school teacher at an independent school on the city’s south side. Before that, she taught middle school math for two years and coached basketball and soccer in her hometown of East Lansing, Michigan. She received her BA in... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403