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Thursday, October 17
 

TBA

Big History in Kindergarten: Using a College Curriculum as Inspiration for Investigating the Big, Beautiful Questions of our Youngest Minds
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 →
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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 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom
The author of A More Beautiful Question will share his findings about the connection between questioning and innovation. He’ll also discuss the forces that conspire against questioning in the classroom and in the world at large, why we need inquiring minds (and critical thinking) more now than ever, and what strategies seem to help in encouraging more questioning. As part of a workshop that will immediately follow his talk, Mr. Berger will also conduct several questioning exercises and activities with participants, designed to show how they can strengthen their own questioning skills. These exercises can also be adapted for use in the classroom with students.  

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Warren Berger

Warren Berger

Author, Innovation Expert, and Questionologist
Warren is an expert on design thinking and innovation. He has studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, red-hot start-ups, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities. Warren believes that... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

A Third Grade Interactive Spelling Lesson with Structured Word Inquiry
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
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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 →
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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 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

Crafting a Structured Word Inquiry Lesson
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 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

The Question Formulation Technique: A Structured Approach to Using Students' Questions to Guide Your Teaching
As described by its authors at the Right Question Institute, the Question Formulation Technique is “a step-by-step strategy for teaching students how to formulate, work with, and use their own questions. This deceptively simple yet profoundly important practice results in students who are more curious and engaged, take greater ownership of their own education, and are learning more deeply than ever before.” In second grade at Nueva we are always looking for ways to democratize our classroom learning culture, and we have been inspired by the book, published by the Right Question Institute, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The ideas in this book have helped us restructure investigations and to inform our general practice to draw more deeply from our students’ questions and interests while maintaining our focus on the key themes and content of our second-grade curriculum. In this workshop, I will provide an overview of the protocols that the authors outline, share an example of an investigation we facilitate in second grade, and give you all the opportunity to ask your own questions using this technique! 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Sam Modest

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Sam Modest is a second grade teacher at the Nueva School who is passionate about integrating Social Justice, Equity, and Democracy into his classroom culture and curriculum. At Nueva, Sam also sits on the Social Justice Advisory Board, acts as a Social Justice Liaison and Curriculum... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

Studying a Word: Young Students and Structured Word Inquiry
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 →
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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 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

Picture a Thousand Words
Dialog with graphic recorder Bruce Van Patter as he discusses the keys to capturing spoken content in memorable images. In addition to highlighting the techniques and benefits of graphic capture, Bruce will teach a simple, hands-on lesson in visual modeling. Explore how such techniques might aid your classes.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Bruce Van Patter

Graphic Recorder/Digital Illustrator
WHAT IS AN ILLUSTRATIONIST? It’s more than just an illustrator. More than just a graphic recorder. Like a kind of visual illusionist, I bring your ideas to life. Right before your very eyes. My whole career to this point prepared me for this.ILLUSTRATIONYou name it, I probably drew... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

Building Creativity through Play and Prototyping
The development and practice of certain mindsets in learning environments can serve to enhance, engage, and connect with today's students in a more meaningful way. In this hands-on, high-energy session, we will explore ways to build and nurture innovative design thinking mindsets daily in our classrooms and communities.

Practicing human-centered mindsets is crucial to building a community of learners who embrace risk-taking, creative problem-solving, and collaboration and have a bias towards action. How might we provide opportunities for students to grow in their learning by empowering mindful, intentional daily practice of these mindsets? Participants will engage in activities that can be brought back and experienced directly and immediately in their own communities.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ellen Deutscher

Educator, Design Thinker, Empathy2Action
Ellen Deutscher is an educational consultant with a focus on Design Thinking (Human-Centered Design, HCD) and creativity. She spent over 20 years teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the past year, Ellen designed and taught a Design Thinking course for the Vanke... Read More →
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Mary Cantwell

Educator and Design Thinking Consultant
Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) is a 20-year educator with a master’s degree in educational leadership in technology. She dove DEEP into Design Thinking, encouraged visible thinking, and sparked a rapid transformation into 21st century learning, thinking, and creating. Currently, Mary... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

Sense-Making: Is it at the Core of Your Math Program?
Are your students making sense of the mathematics they explore? Do they feel that mathematics is an inherently sensible endeavor? We’ll look at ways in which students don’t make sense of mathematics, consider why, and discuss strategies for making it a larger part of classroom expectation.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Annie Fetter

21st Century Partnership for STEM Education
I live outside Philadelphia and in central Vermont, but have been doing math with educators in California since the early 1990s.  I worked on the project that developed the first version of the Geometer’s Sketchpad and was a founding staff member of the Math Forum, an online math... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010
 
Friday, October 18
 

9:25am

"Thinking Like a Lawyer": Practical Strategies to Close the Critical Thinking Gap
Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. What if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it's been taught for thousands of years? “Thinking Like a Lawyer” is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from "what" and "how to" to "why" and "what if," and Colin Seale will share practical instructional strategies for educators to give all students equitable access to deeper learning experiences.

Friday Slate
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Colin Seale

Founder & CEO, thinkLaw
Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:25am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:35am

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom
The author of A More Beautiful Question will share his findings about the connection between questioning and innovation. He’ll also discuss the forces that conspire against questioning in the classroom and in the world at large, why we need inquiring minds (and critical thinking) more now than ever, and what strategies seem to help in encouraging more questioning.

Friday Slate
avatar for Warren Berger

Warren Berger

Author, Innovation Expert, and Questionologist
Warren is an expert on design thinking and innovation. He has studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, red-hot start-ups, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities. Warren believes that... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:35am - 11:35am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

12:35pm

Maslow 2.0 The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined
In his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that human beings have a hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. In this talk, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, expanding upon the unfinished theory and integrating new scientific findings, including Kaufman’s own research on creativity, love, personality, and well-being. Through his unique work on the subject, Kaufman reinvigorates the profound insights of humanistic psychology with the latest scientific findings from a wide range of fields, introducing them to a generation that consistently feels unsatisfied in their work, creative pursuits, and educational path. Students can be high achievers and yet still yearn for self-realization. The philosopher Erich Fromm said that there is “an art of being.” But as Kaufman persuasively shows, there is also a science of being, and this talk will help educators set students on the path to a life of optimal health, growth, wholeness, and real fulfillment.

Friday Slate
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Scott Barry Kaufman

Psychologist, Professor, Writer, and Podcaster
Scott Barry Kaufman is a psychologist, professor, writer, and podcaster. Now at Columbia University, he was previously at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was invited by Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, to serve as the scientific director of the Imagination... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:45pm

How to Raise Successful People
How do we help our children be the best they can be? That’s the goal of How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. Esther Wojcicki describes her journey from child to mother to teacher and shows the importance of treating kids with TRICK — trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness — starting from day one. Using examples from her life and her teaching at Palo Alto High School, she will describe how and why it is so important to give children agency.


Friday Slate
avatar for Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, MediaX at Stanford
Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known educator, founder of the largest scholastic media program in the US at Palo Alto High. She is also the 2002 California Teacher of the Year; a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow; former chair of Creative Commons; chair of PBS Learning... Read More →


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

1:45pm

Understanding Structured Word Inquiry: How it Fits in Research and Curriculum
The phrase "structured word inquiry" (SWI) was first used to describe the instruction in a vocabulary teaching study (Bowers & Kirby, 2010). The phrase attempts to capture how this literacy instruction uses an approach of scientific inquiry to study how present-day English orthography operates to mark connections between words linked by structure and history. In less than a decade, SWI has raised interest and some controversy in the research community. The decades old "whole language vs. phonics" debate has made it difficult for many to understand that SWI is not a response to either phonics or whole language. It is a response to the proposition that literacy instruction should accurately reflect our best understanding of how our writing system works. It also draws on what we know about learning and instruction in any domain. This talk will make use of classroom/tutoring examples of SWI instruction to make sense of spellings neither phonics nor whole language explain. Dr. Bowers will present his view of where SWI fits in terms of theory and research on literacy instruction, and how this frame gives us a way to move beyond the artificial boundaries of whole language vs. phonics debates.

Friday Slate
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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 →


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