The Nueva School has some exciting news to report. After the six of us (Rebecca, Megan, Keely, Kim, Anna, and I) from Nueva met Deepa and Veena from Riverside School in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, at the d.school bootcamp this summer, we develop a partnership between our two schools. We invited Deepa and Veena to tour Nueva before they left. They got to meet some students, parents, and administrators, and tour the campus. When we planned our partnership, we intended to Skype, but with the time difference it isn’t possible. So Nueva’s tech teacher, Devin, set up a wiki. Nueva celebrated Diwali for the first time, so the first things we posted on the wiki were some photos of our celebration and a video of 3rd and 4th graders dancing an Indian dance at our Diwali assembly. Deepa and Veena wanted to begin the partnership with 2nd and 3rd grades, and wanted to learn about Halloween. Our teachers created videos of three classes of kids, all of whom introduced themselves in creative ways, including some kids in Halloween costumes, and we posted those on the wiki, along with a comment space. Riverside School just sent us their first 3rd grade video, with more to come. This week we are gathering to show all five videos to our 2nd & 3rd graders. Since Megan and Rebecca, our 1st grade teachers, both participated in the bootcamp and know Deepa and Veena, they want to build the next connection. Kim Saxe, the director of Nueva’s I-Lab, or innovation lab for design thinking, also wants to become involved. Deepa, Veena, and I have discussed the possibility of doing some type of design project, but we haven’t yet determined what form it will take. So far, we are all delighted that our partnership has begun!
-Wendy Feltham, Head of Lower School, The Nueva School, Hillsborough, California