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Wednesday, October 16
 

8:20am

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD's vision for mathematics is that all students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Our equity strategies towards this goal include both the visionary work of teams of teachers engaging in lesson study, and also our work to end tracking in secondary mathematics. This morning's session will frame our work towards rigorous math in heterogeneous classrooms, describing the policy itself relative to research and data, as well as sharing current outcomes.

There will be opportunities for questions in a later session.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lizzy Hull Barnes

Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:20am - 8:35am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
 
Thursday, October 17
 

TBA

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 →
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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

TBA

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

TBA

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
TBA

TBA

Interdisciplinary Possibilities with K-12 Computer Science
This session will share an overview and lessons learned from schools that teach K–12 computer science with a focus on the idea of programming as a fluency to explore in all subjects (philosophy, literature, history, science, art, etc). If we can use code across subjects, then we will more fully realize the computer science possibilities in K–12 education. This session will include a hands-on session where participants will have time to work individually or collaboratively on a project with support from the presenters. Beginners are welcome!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lora Saarnio

Lora Saarnio

Lower School Math and Computer Science Specialist, The Nueva School
Lora Saarnio has taught K-12 humanities, math and science. She previously taught high school English and middle school math and science; currently, she works with students in Grades 1-5 as a Math and Computer Science Specialist at The Nueva School. Lora is also Director Emerita of... Read More →
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Michael Olaya

CEO, Dexter
Engineer by training, educator by practice. Cofounder and CEO of Dexter. My projects range from aquaponics and lucid dreaming to modular housing and 3-D printed glasses — and everything in between.


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

Creating Positive Classroom Culture through Effective Classroom Management
A crucial element of a successful and joyful classroom is the pervading culture. This presentation will help teachers to build a positive culture in their classroom by keeping in mind underlying principles and by providing a toolbox full of classroom management tips and tricks to make every day run more smoothly.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Damon Allswang

Damon Allswang

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Damon Allswang has been teaching and leading in progressive, independent elementary schools for 25 years. For the past five years, he has been teaching second grade at The Nueva School. Previously, he was the Lower School Head at a school in Oakland, CA. Damon has been a Social-Emotional... Read More →


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

TBA

Documentation and Learning
Pedagogical documentation is a critically important piece of reflective classroom practice. It can become "a communicative thread that runs through a school," encouraging the understanding and expression of different points of view within a learning community. It is an act of listening and democracy, relevant to teachers of young children on up to university professors. We will define documentation in its many forms, provide background and examples from our own work at both Nueva and California College of the Arts, and provoke discussion and collaborative thinking among workshop participants. 

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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Saraleah Fordyce

Faculty in Critical Studies and MFA Design, California College of the Arts
Saraleah Fordyce teaches critical theory at California College of the Arts, in both the Critical Studies Program as well as MFA Design. Her recent work has focused on the potential for social critique in design work, the normalizing effects of representation, and design and health... Read More →


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

TBA

Nueva Math and Science Building Blocks: Deconstructing the Standards for a Flexible Curriculum
Nueva has long supported an interdisciplinary approach in which learning is authentic and focused upon students’ interests and needs. Nueva classes encourage students to tackle messy, complex problems in which construction of knowledge is a practice shared by students, teachers, and environment. However with the emergent nature of our curriculum, which evolves each year, Nueva had developed little documentation, consistency, or understanding of continuity of different content and skills strands between grades and disciplines. This session will focus on the process of mapping PreK–12 learning experiences and opportunities. It will pay particular attention to how standards can be used to inform the development of a comprehensive and holistic program.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Danielle McReynolds-Dell joins Nueva as an Upper School mathematics teacher, most recently from Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. She has been teaching high school math for 15 years, beginning her career at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA, teaching a wide variety of courses... Read More →
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Lelia Youn

Middle School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Lelia Youn graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in biochemistry and a minor in Asian studies. Originally pursuing a pre-pharmacy path, Lelia realized that her true passion was for learning and teaching, particularly in environments where she could develop... Read More →


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

TBA

The Monomyth Module: Developing a Theme-based Integrated and Interdisciplinary Year-long Curriculum
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” —Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell created his idea of the monomyth based on the premise that many stories share commonalities and follow a similar pattern. We embrace this idea in fourth grade, and we establish at the beginning of the year that each child will go through their own personal Path of the Hero during the year — sometimes more than one. They learn how to seek their mentor, go through their own road of trials, and emerge victorious, with a new gift of knowledge. In this session we will discuss how we use Joseph Campbell’s monomyth as a guiding theme for our school year each year. We will provide ways for teachers to infuse this theme within their own existing STEAM and humanities curricula, in conjunction with Common Core standards. We will showcase past projects and lessons. We will also have former students join in the end of our session to share their Path of the Hero experiences and participate in a Q&A with attendees.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
avatar for Lori Mustille

Lori Mustille

4th Grade Lead STEM Teacher, The Nueva School
This is Lori's twentieth year of teaching and her eighth year at Nueva. She spent the previous decade teaching in Marin County in the Reed Union School District. She has co-taught in grades K-8 math, science, and technology. Lori was named Apple Distinguished Educator in 2009 and... Read More →
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Sarah Merkt

4th Grade Lead Teacher, The Nueva School
“Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.” —qing chu yu lan er sheng yu lan Sarah is a native of Wisconsin and studied middle childhood education at Xavier University. She has always been interested in educating children... Read More →


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

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
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 →
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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

Designing Monstrosity: Utilizing Design Thinking in the English Classroom
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
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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 →
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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 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

TBA

Beyond Brain Breaks-- Activating Learning through Movement
This active session will focus on different ways to allow students the flexibility to move while they learn in the classroom. Children and adults become fidgety or sluggish after long sedentary spells; while brain breaks help interrupt the long periods of sitting, integrating movement and activity can benefit memory, focus, motivation, and comprehension.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Zubin Mobedshahi

Lower School PE Teacher, The Nueva School
Zubin Mobedshahi attended Nueva from kindergarten through eighth grade. He joined the Nueva faculty five years ago after studying psychology at Skidmore College, running an organic farm, and teaching ecology and outdoor education. Zubin is especially interested in scaffolding interdisciplinary... 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 →
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 TBA
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

TBA

International Cultural Exchange: Making Virtual a Reality
Join us for a session presented by a pair of middle school teachers — one from the San Francisco Bay Area and one from Johannesburg, South Africa. They united to create authentic, curriculum-based opportunities for their students, who participated in a 3-part, virtual exchange. Leveraging emerging technologies, they connected 70 students separated by a time difference of 9 hours and a distance of over 10,000 miles to forge new partnerships, exchange ideas, and analyze literature. Students also gave and received valuable and relevant feedback from partners on their creative writing. Session participants will hear from both the teachers and the students.


Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Brooke Tucker

MS Language Arts/ELL Teacher and Grade 7 Team Lead, American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa
Educator Brooke Tucker has 20 years’ experience as a Spanish, English and ELL teacher. Originally hailing from Colorado where she studied Spanish and English Literature at the University of Denver, she began her teaching journey in the snow country of Japan. There, Brooke taught... Read More →
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Jennifer Perry

Upper and Middle School Writing and Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Nueva writing teacher Jennifer Perry is an educator with twenty-plus years of wide-ranging experience teaching students in public and independent schools at middle school, high school, and university levels. A native Delawarean, she studied history and English at the University of... Read More →


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

TBA

Creating UDL Classroom Environments that Optimize Learning for All Students
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction recognize that students learn differently and have different innate strengths and weaknesses. Learning is optimized when teachers offer flexibility in how students access information, engage with it, and demonstrate what they know.

Therefore, by "increas[ing] our understanding of who we teach and what we teach, we are likely to be much more flexible about how we teach.” —Tomlinson and Strickland, Differentiation in Practice, 2005

In this session we will discuss how differentiated instruction is intrinsically linked to Universal Design for Learning and how it can be understood within that framework. Participants will walk out with some contextualizing theory and a good number of high- and low-tech strategies that you will be able to use in your classrooms right away.

Appropriate for all grade levels

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ericka Fur

Upper School Learning Support Specialist, The Nueva School
Ericka Fur, Nueva’s educational support coordinator, holds a BA in English literature and psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a higher diploma of secondary education from the University of Cape Town. She also holds an MS in learning disabilities... Read More →


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

TBA

Anatomy of an Innovation Lesson
We know what it looks like to teach phonics and algebra 1, but what does it look like to teach innovation? Each summer, Galileo Learning teaches tens of thousands of children to develop as innovators using its three-part framework, the Galileo Innovation Approach. In this workshop, you'll explore Galileo's approach to innovation-based lessons and see how supporting mindset and process goals throughout the lesson can lead to more creative, more innovative student work. Then you'll use a blank innovation-lesson template to transform one of your own lessons into an innovation-based lesson. You'll come away with a new way to think about teaching innovation and a custom plan to put it in action.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Pamela Briskman

Vice President of Education, Galileo Learning
Each spring, Galileo Learning hires, on-boards, trains, and leads nearly 2,000 staff to teach innovation and design-thinking skills at summer programs throughout California and Illinois. While one might expect this to turn into a mess of confused culture, misunderstood instructional... Read More →


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

TBA

Moving Maths
An exploration of the emotional side of mathematics, and how it affects the way we discuss and teach it. We'll explore how the use of dynamic (moving) software (like Geogebra and/or Desmos) can fundamentally change the way we think about the subject. Expect some old classics — and some new surprises. May contain live music!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ben Sparks

Mathematician, Musician, Teacher & Speaker
Ben is a mathematician, musician, and public speaker. For 10 years he taught mathematics to pupils aged 11–18 in the UK. Now he gives math talks, workshops, and teacher training around the world.He is excited about mathematics education and about sharing the humanity and excitement... Read More →


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

TBA

Creative First Steps Into Hands-On Number Theory for the Elementary Grades 1-5 – A Pythagorean Approach 
In this workshop we will create a mathematically and visually stimulating hands-on environment in which participants will discover and create polygonal numbers using interlinking colored blocks. The approach is inspired by the teachings of Pythagoras and his followers, who used pebbles to turn number sequences into geometrical patterns. The interplay between numbers and geometry will give rise to questions and potential solutions, which can be transferable to the participants’ own students in a similar setting. Number theory is the exploration of the properties of numbers. When we arrange whole numbers with manipulatives, the properties of numbers and the geometrical relations between them become visual. This aspect of numbers can naturally be accessed by students irrespective of their previous mathematical experience or approach to numbers. It allows for an originality of creativity that a pure paper-and-pencil setting would not afford. 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Peter Koehler

Lower School Math Enrichment Teacher, The Nueva School
Peter Koehler holds a PhD in theoretical and elementary particle physics from Royal Holloway College, University of London; a master’s degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London; and carried out post-doc studies in the theory group at Stanford Linear... Read More →


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

TBA

Fostering Mathematical Communication in an Advanced Math Class
Communication often takes a back seat to results in the math classroom, but as students move into more advanced material they find that their ability to read, discuss, and write about mathematics becomes indispensable. How can we scaffold their learning process around these important skills? This session will begin with a classroom observation of a linear algebra class in which students discuss excerpts from their math textbook, present their proof attempts, and provide feedback on the efforts of their peers. After observing the classroom, we will adjourn to discuss what we noticed, how these students are evolving as mathematical communicators, and how we can support their efforts.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Jana Comstock

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Jana Comstock joined the faculty at Nueva in 2008, having previously taught at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, Groton School in Massachusetts, and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Jana has... Read More →


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

TBA

Mathematical Provocations and Differentiating Math Instruction
What are mathematical provocations? How can mathematical provocations help engage, challenge, and differentiate a range of learners? How do they help highlight beautiful and exciting aspects of mathematics for all students? In this workshop, we’ll look at some problems and projects that we have done with students and discuss the learning goals and skills covered. It is our hope that educators will be inspired and find practical application of these ideas in their own classrooms after the sessions.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Katie Kelly

3rd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Katie Kelly teaches third grade at Nueva. Katie has worked as a second grade art teacher, sixth grade associate teacher, and also was an interim lead sixth grade teacher at the Trinity School in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her teaching career after working as a photojournalist and... Read More →
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Lora Saarnio

Lower School Math and Computer Science Specialist, The Nueva School
Lora Saarnio has taught K-12 humanities, math and science. She previously taught high school English and middle school math and science; currently, she works with students in Grades 1-5 as a Math and Computer Science Specialist at The Nueva School. Lora is also Director Emerita of... Read More →


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

TBA

Teaching Through Problem Solving: Three-Part Series of Live Demonstration Lessons for Deriving the Formula for Finding the Area of Quadrilaterals (PART 1)
Come see how a thread of mathematical thinking is developed with students by connecting visual models, numerical expressions, and justification with intriguing problems. Over a three-day mini-unit designed for students to derive the formula for finding the area of quadrilaterals through solving a series of problems and comparing their solutions with several different approaches by their peers, master teacher Dr. Takahashi will lead a middle school class into a deep dive into important mathematical ideas. Each of the lessons is designed for the students to experience communicating their own reasoning to others by expressing their own ways of solving the problems in mathematical expressions. At the same time, students will have opportunities to infer their peers’ ways of thinking by interpreting their mathematical expressions. Throughout, students will be expected to justify the reasonableness of their own and others’ strategies and mathematical expressions. These experiences are expected to foster their skill for developing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others (CCSS-M MP3), while the process of writing and interpreting mathematical expressions helps students develop the ability to reason quantitatively and abstractly.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


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

TBA

Three Proofs Every Student Should See
Much of a student’s early exposure to mathematics is grounded in what works based on trial and error and learning specific algorithms to achieve useful results. But professional and recreational mathematicians alike will tell you that the heart of mathematics is in problem solving, reasoning, and communication, not calculation. As a result, while they may be well prepared to USE math in other disciplines, many students matriculate having made decisions about their desire (and fitness!) to take college math classes without have ever seen any comparable material — and they miss out on the beauty of the ideas underpinning these undeniably powerful results! How do we reconcile the disparity between the practical introduction emphasized by most K–12 standards and the philosophical approach that is the hallmark and main recommendation of advanced mathematics? In this session we will discuss three accessible proofs that offer a window into the mathematical mindset while supporting and illuminating a standard approach to calculation, as well as appropriate ways to tie them into traditional curricula.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Jana Comstock

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Jana Comstock joined the faculty at Nueva in 2008, having previously taught at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, Groton School in Massachusetts, and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Jana has... Read More →


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

TBA

Social Justice and Mathematics: One Road Map to Creating a Class
Nueva has long supported an interdisciplinary approach in which learning is authentic and focused on students’ interests and needs. Nueva classes encourage students to tackle messy, complex problems in which construction of knowledge is a practice shared by students, teachers, and environment. The mathematics team at Nueva firmly believes that mathematics is essential to deeply understand social and political issues. The session focuses on our experiences in building a mathematics course grounded in social justice. We will discuss how we gathered resources, defined goals and content objectives, and created projects that support understanding social issues through a mathematical lens. We will share the success and growing pains of such a course and possible ideas of how to embed social justice issues into other mathematical courses.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Danielle McReynolds-Dell joins Nueva as an Upper School mathematics teacher, most recently from Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. She has been teaching high school math for 15 years, beginning her career at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA, teaching a wide variety of courses... Read More →
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Veena Krishnan

Upper School Math and Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Veena Krishnan joined Nueva as an US Math Teacher in July 2016. Previously she was at Webb School of Knoxville, where she mostly taught AP Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Honors Precalculus, and Algebra II. She received the Dr. Edward l. Tauxe award in 2012-2013 that recognizes... Read More →


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

TBA

A Visual Hands-on Approach to Building Perfect Numbers: A Perfect Theme for Gifted Students in the Elementary Grades 2-5
Perfect numbers are a perfect portal into advanced arithmetic for the mathematically gifted and curious student. But how do we find a perfect number? Using a combination of colored interlinking blocks and paper and pencil, participants will find the sum of the divisors of the numbers from 1 to 12. Visual patterns will emerge, deductions and discoveries will be made. Each sum has different characteristics: some sums have characteristics in common, but, as the blocks will illustrate, perfect numbers have a special arithmetic feature. Participants will create hands-on visual representations of the first 3 perfect numbers, and discover that perfect numbers are also triangle numbers, which share an internal structure. 




Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Peter Koehler

Lower School Math Enrichment Teacher, The Nueva School
Peter Koehler holds a PhD in theoretical and elementary particle physics from Royal Holloway College, University of London; a master’s degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London; and carried out post-doc studies in the theory group at Stanford Linear... Read More →


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

TBA

Growth Mindset and Student Empowerment via Flexible Groupings in the Math Classroom
Research shows a flexible math grouping model alleviates stress around math tracking, propels students into greater ownership of their learning, and creates opportunities for dynamic differentiation. In this presentation, you will explore some of the research behind this model, observe fifth- and sixth-grade flexible math groupings in action, hear student reflections on this model, and have time to discuss  and ask questions.

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 TBA
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TBA

Implications of Changing Understandings of ADHD for Educators
Most students with ADHD are able to focus and sustain effort quite well for some specific tasks and activities, but they have great difficulty in engaging in most other areas. ADHD is now understood as developmental impairment of the brain's self-management system, its executive functions. This presentation will describe these impairments and how these executive functions impact the learning and performance of students in the school setting. It will focus on how teachers can adapt their work with those students to provide direction and support for them and for their parents. The presentation will also describe how and why some students who are quite intelligent are quite awkward socially — they are chronically unable to understand or care about how their words and actions are likely to affect others, and they consequently make trouble for themselves.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Thomas E. Brown

Director of Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his PhD from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.In his 30+ years of experience, Dr. Brown has contributed over 30 journal publications... Read More →


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

TBA

How to Teach Science in the 21st Century? Trust the Students to Figure It Out!
The question has been raised over and over: what is the best way to teach science? Everyone seems to have an opinion about how educators are doing it wrong, but — with information abundance and everything being searchable — how does one actually prepare students to be successful scientists in the 21st century? And what are the operationalized characteristics of a learning environment that fosters wonder and curiosity, alongside resilience and resourcefulness? In our chemistry and biology classes at Nueva, centering student questions and their ability to solve problems through inquiry-based learning has yielded great success, and I would love to share our work with you! Come to the session ready to learn about our best practices, get tools and materials you can adapt for your classroom, and bring your questions to the group for an interactive session about student-centered science education. I’ll bring my questions too! 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Michaela Danek

Upper School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Originally drawn to teaching through neuroscience, Michaela began her teaching career at Fenway High School fresh out of a teacher education master’s program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Working with a variety of different learners, from the regular-education classroom... Read More →


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

TBA

The Holy Grail of Science Research: A Self-Propagating and Student-Led Novel Science Research Program
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 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
 
Friday, October 18
 

TBA

Design as Learning :: Fitness Studio
Friday Slate
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Sam Seidel

Director of K12 Strategy + Research, Stanford d.school
Sam Seidel is the director of K12 Strategy + Research at the Stanford d.school and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). sam speaks internationally about education, race, culture, systems, and design. sam has taught in a variety of... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Advancing the Whole Learner
Too often, our work with learners ends up focusing on just one dimension at a time. Yet we know from learning and development science that many dimensions, including identity, social and emotional capacities, cognitive skills, even physical and mental wellness, are tied together with academic development — and vice versa. We’ll talk about some of what we know about these interconnections for helping students to start, persist, and put mental effort into their learning, and what we can practically do to help educators and students succeed.


Friday Slate
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Bror Saxberg

Vice President, Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
As vice president of Learning Science, Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning—PreK, K–16, and beyond... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

8:15am

Teaching Through Problem Solving: A Japanese Approach to Promote Mathematical Practice
Teaching mathematics by telling students facts and procedures may be an easy instructional method for teachers. However, when students are passively listening to teachers, their opportunities to understand mathematical concepts and procedures and to develop mathematical competencies are not maximized. As the Common Core State Standards emphasizes, students need to develop mathematical practice through active involvement in mathematics — by doing mathematical activities and solving problems — rather than just listening to teachers talk. Influenced by US publications of problem-solving, including Polya’s How to Solve It (1945) and NCTM's An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s (1980), Japanese researchers and teachers worked collaboratively to develop an approach to promote mathematical thinking and problem solving: “mondai-kaiketsu gakusyuu,” which means “teaching through problem solving” (TTP). This session will use some of the examples from Japanese mathematics textbooks to discuss key features of TTP and how schools can use this approach to promote CCSS-M mathematical practice.

Friday Slate
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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:25am

Understanding Learner Variability and How to Support It
Research is showing that people vary significantly in how they learn best. Everybody has what is called a jagged profile. But which "jags" matter? Educators should seek to understand learner variability in order to support all students. Vic will share a whole-child framework and supporting open-source tools developed with the world’s top learning scientists along with instructional and design strategies. When you bring a mindset of learner variability to teaching and learning, you don't see student problems — you see design challenges.

Friday Slate
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Vic Vuchic

Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise Global
Vic is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners... Read More →


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

9:25am

Building the School of the Future
As education around the world slowly shifts from a standards-based model to a competency-based model, what will the future of education look like and how will students engage with teachers, their peers, and the world around them? For the last 10 years, NuVu has built a school on the architecture studio model that focuses on creative learning through a hands-on interdisciplinary approach. Studio topics connect with real-world issues, and large, complex questions are presented to the students to discuss and research. What will the next 10 years look like for NuVu and what are new directions schools can take to be prepared for an unknown future and the future of learning? This talk will dive into NuVu’s vision of the future and what obstacles lie in that pathway.

Friday Slate
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Saba Ghole

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Nuvu
Saba Ghole is the co-founder and chief creative officer of NuVu Studio. She's an architectural/urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. Saba received her master's in urban design at MIT. Her multidisciplinary explorations in painting, photography, graphic design... Read More →


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

9:25am

Building More Equitable Mathematics Instruction by Teaching Through Problem-solving
In Teaching Through Problem-solving, students learn each new mathematical concept or procedure by solving a challenging problem that embodies the new mathematics. Analyze video from urban elementary schools where Teaching Through Problem-solving has dramatically improved student achievement, with a focus on practices you can use to build more equitable mathematics learning in your site, including student-led questioning routines, planned board use, and reflective mathematics journals.

Friday Slate
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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →
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Shelley Friedkin

Senior Research Associate, Mills College
Shelley Friedkin is a senior research associate for Lesson Study Group at Mills College. She graduated from Brunel University in England with an elementary teaching credential and taught in Central London. She received her doctorate in education leadership from Mills College. For... Read More →
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Catherine Lewis

Senior Research Scientist, Mills College
Catherine Lewis, PhD, comes from four generations of public school teachers. Her video and print materials have introduced many educators to Lesson Study (LS; www.lessonresearch.net ). She has directed a series of federally funded grants to improve and research LS, establishing that... Read More →


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

9:25am

Rethinking Boyhood: From Research to the Classroom
Routine losses and casualties have always been an inconvenient truth about boyhood, whether in families, communities, or schools. A gender achievement gap has been a fact for 100 years, affecting all types of boys. In several global studies, the presenter learned from boys what enables them to engage with their teachers and was struck by how their insights compel a broad reimagining of boyhood itself.

Friday Slate
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Michael C. Reichert

Executive Director, Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives; University of Pennsylvania
Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding... 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
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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

10:35am

Building Student Independence by Improving Study Strategies
It’s self-evident that students become increasingly responsible for their own learning as they move through grades. Whether kindergartners learn or not is considered the success or failure of the teacher. But by grade 12, expectations are high that students can learn on their own; it’s routine to lecture, expecting students will take good notes and study them effectively for a quiz. Recent research has shown that students — even successful college students — use terrible study strategies. They are successful in spite of how they study, not because of it. In this talk I’ll focus on research into the best ways to study. This research not only has important implications for students, but for how teachers plan lessons.

Friday Slate
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Daniel Willinghman

Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Daniel Willingham earned his BA from Duke University in 1983 and his PhD in cognitive psychology from Harvard University in 1990. He is currently professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on... Read More →


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

10:35am

Teaching Through Problem Solving: Three-Part Series of Live Demonstration Lessons for Deriving the Formula for Finding the Area of Quadrilaterals (PART 2)
Come see how a thread of mathematical thinking is developed with students by connecting visual models, numerical expressions, and justification with intriguing problems. Over a three-day mini-unit designed for students to derive the formula for finding the area of quadrilaterals through solving a series of problems and comparing their solutions with several different approaches by their peers, master teacher Dr. Takahashi will lead a middle school class into a deep dive into important mathematical ideas. Each of the lessons is designed for the students to experience communicating their own reasoning to others by expressing their own ways of solving the problems in mathematical expressions. At the same time, students will have opportunities to infer their peers’ ways of thinking by interpreting their mathematical expressions. Throughout, students will be expected to justify the reasonableness of their own and others’ strategies and mathematical expressions. These experiences are expected to foster their skill for developing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others (CCSS-M MP3), while the process of writing and interpreting mathematical expressions helps students develop the ability to reason quantitatively and abstractly.

Friday Slate
avatar for Akihiko Takahashi

Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


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

12:35pm

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity, the Lessons We Have Learned, and the Questions We Still Have
The SFUSD Class of 2019 was our first cohort of students to experience detracked heterogeneous eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade Common Core math. Now that they have graduated, what new insights do we have about the impacts of our policy? We continue to analyze data, work with stakeholders, and make adjustments to sustain our commitment to all learners. This session will describe how we have responded to both public scrutiny and curiosity about our successes and challenges, and name the questions we still have. There will be opportunities both for questions and for considering how this might resonate in your own contexts.

Friday Slate
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Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


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

12:35pm

Magical Maths
Magic and maths have gone together for hundreds of years. The reasoning behind many magic effects is inherently mathematical and logical, and mathematical tools can reveal the secrets if you’re brave enough to use them. We'll explore some mathematical magical classics, and how they can be used to provoke curiosity in the classroom.

Friday Slate
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Ben Sparks

Mathematician, Musician, Teacher & Speaker
Ben is a mathematician, musician, and public speaker. For 10 years he taught mathematics to pupils aged 11–18 in the UK. Now he gives math talks, workshops, and teacher training around the world.He is excited about mathematics education and about sharing the humanity and excitement... Read More →


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

1:45pm

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
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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

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

1:45pm

Advocating for 21st Century Learning in Your School
To prepare children to thrive as adults in the 21st century, we know our schools need to evolve. But how? To innovate, schools may add coding classes or open maker spaces, or install 3-D printers in libraries, but rarely do these add-ons deliver the desired outcomes. Join Galileo Learning’s founder and CEO, Glen Tripp, to explore what it takes to create an innovation ecosystem where systems, culture, and curriculum come together to support children in developing the skills and creative confidence they’ll need to succeed in our changing world. We’ll start by outlining the competencies of 21st century learning, look at several case studies (including Galileo camps) where these practices have really taken hold, and share plans and strategies you can use to bring these changes to your school and community.

Friday Slate
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Glen Tripp

CEO & Founder, Galileo Learning
Glen Tripp founded Galileo Learning in 2001 to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Since then, more than 300,000 children have enrolled in Galileo’s programs, which include Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest, and the camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation... Read More →


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

2:55pm

Experience on Demand: How VR Can (and Cannot) Transform Learning
This talk will give a brief overview on the current state of VR, in terms of the technology and overall use, before delving into how VR relates to learning. In particular I will focus on the "Reverse Field Trip" model of VR, and how in the next few years VR won't be replacing classrooms but augmenting them. I will discuss recent studies on how VR can facilitate learning transfer, provide new tools for assessment, and provide unique motivation for engagement. At the same time, I will discuss the limitations and downsides of VR as it relates to learning.

Friday Slate
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Jeremy Bailenson

Professor of Communication; Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, faculty director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum, and a faculty leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenome... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Teaching Reading Comprehension
This session will summarize research on improving reading comprehension. I'll start by reviewing what psychologists know about the processes behind reading comprehension, and I'll then consider the evidence for teaching students reading comprehension strategies and how they might work, given what we know about comprehension. I'll conclude that these strategies are effective, but are often overemphasized, and I will suggest alternatives to improving comprehension.

Friday Slate
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Daniel Willinghman

Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Daniel Willingham earned his BA from Duke University in 1983 and his PhD in cognitive psychology from Harvard University in 1990. He is currently professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Talent Development: The Gateway to Outstanding Performance
Many individuals interpret giftedness as a trait that individuals are born with. Others view giftedness as the outcome of a talent development process. In this latter view, classifying a child as gifted is the first step in a talent development journey. Using the talent development megamodel and the psychology of high performance as backdrops, this presentation will provide an overview of the elements of talent development that increase the probability of outstanding performance in adulthood.

Friday Slate
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Frank C. Worrell

Professor, University of California Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he serves as faculty director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:55pm

Three Uncommon Messages About Mathematics That Every Student Should Know
Students often leave their math education having learned the false messages that math DOESN'T make sense or that math CAN'T make sense until an adult explains it to them. We'll discuss three counter-messages — math is POWER, that power makes SENSE, and students ALREADY HAVE that power — and concrete strategies for helping students learn them.

Friday Slate
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Dan Meyer

Chief Academic Officer, Desmos
Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the chief academic... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403