Attending this event?

Log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Assessment [clear filter]
Thursday, October 17


Using Competency-Based Learning in the Humanities: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis
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
avatar for Alegria Barclay

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 →
avatar for Allen Frost

Allen Frost

Middle & Upper School English Teacher, 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 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Collaborative Assessment Modalities, Trans-Disciplinary Student Portfolios
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
avatar for Ted Theodosopoulos

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 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Giving Feedback on Student Work for a Growth Mindset
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
avatar for Lissie McAlvey

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 TBA
Friday, October 18


Assessment for Learning
American schools are overwhelmed with high-stakes testing, which leads to benchmark testing — just testing for testing’s sake. We need to shift the focus to assessment for learning. This requires instructional shifts in practice to emphasize learning over grading. This session introduces a formative assessment process to deepen learning.

Friday Slate
avatar for David Foster

David Foster

Executive Director, Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative
David Foster is the executive director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI), comprising over 160 member districts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Besides the intensive work in California, SVMI consults in states across the country, including New York, Illinois... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403