Escuela Nueva

Quality, relevance and effectiveness are at the heart of Escuela Nueva, an educational organization based in Columbia that was founded in the 1970s.

Today, Escuela Nueva is globally recognized and proven for its work on curriculum and classroom, community, training and management. The program promotes several simple strategies in schools:

  • Active learning
  • Student voice and classroom participation
  • Student-to-student collaboration
  • Community/school partnerships
  • Personalized learning
  • Self-paced advancement through topics and grade levels

The Escuela Nueva model focuses on the child. It improves retention and academic achievement, lowers the dropout and grade repetition rates, and develops values and social skills of civic, democratic behaviors and peaceful coexistence.

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Published by Adam Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at

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