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I was the visiting scholar at the prestigious Nueva School for the 2015-2016 school year. Regular WordWorks followers will be familiar with stories from my time there from the last couple Newsletters

It was quite powerful to view the extent of the healthy growth of SWI not only at Nueva, but in the Bay Area in General. 

The effect of Nueva’s support for SWI in the area by hosting public workshops during my visits over the years is clearly evident. My Nueva workshop last year with Lyn Anderson from Australia sold-out quickly from teachers in the area. In previous years I conducted workshops with San Francisco Friends SchoolSan Francisco Day SchoolAthena Academy (a school for gifted dyslexics) and others. The San Francisco Friends School hosted the fourth annual Etymology conference by Gina Cooke and Douglas Harper, and many schools have now worked with local SWI expert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That interest explains the approximately 70 attendees at the last Nueva Summer Institute made up from  teams of teachers from over a dozen local schools, as well as individual tutors, educational specialists and parents from the area that attended and teachers that travelled from schools in from as far away as Calgary, New York City and Jakarta! 

It is also exciting to see that a similar growth seems to be happening in Melbourne Australia. After a number of visits over the years, anchored by the support of Wesley College. We had to cap the upcoming workshop Lyn and I are conducting there at 60. 

This WW Newsletter tries to give a “big picture” of how and why so many teachers, tutors and students have been eagerly working so hard to make sense of the written word through SWI and the ever growing community supporting this work. 

As I was preparing to publish this newsletter, I received this email from a parent that illustrates the transformative power and joy that comes from starting to understand spelling.

I just finished Latin for Orthographers [a Real Spelling Spellinar] and I was blown away about how little I actually know. Spelling and reading was never hard for me but this quest that I am on now, learning about why words are spelled this way is just so eye opening. After 2 straight years of [….], and not getting anywhere at closing the gap, watching my daughter light up because she learned and understood the word DOES just did something inside of me that I just can’t explain. Now she can spell so many words and can read them faster too and that has made me open my eyes and in turn I am teaching educators in my daughters school to look into morphology earlier, and they are.

When whole communities of teachers and students have such experiences, the hunger for deeper understanding keeps growing.

Happy Spelling!

Peter Bowers