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At New Way, we strive to support students, ages 8-14, to be the best version of themselves. Our unique programs, all in English, unite American Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula with the Project-Based Learning method to develop greater self-knowledge and boost students’ desire to learn.

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Mission and vision

Be the best version of yourself!

At New Way, we take a fun and interactive approach to learning. We want our students, ages 8-14, to be their best versions of themselves. So our programs, which are all in English, combine Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) with project-based teaching in order to create an inspiring environment that encourages critical thinking, self-awareness, community-building and empathy.
 
SEL is based on 5 core components: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. We conduct all of our programs with these 5 underlying themes in mind because we want our students to come out of New Way ready to head into high school inspired to make positive changes in the world.
 
Project-based learning connects our students to the real world. Our projects are designed to put the 5 SEL core components in action as we teach our learners to meet and accept the real world challenges of teamwork, trial and error, and positive risk taking. We want our students to be empowered by education and feel that they are in charge of their own learning to boost their self-confidence. Our goal is for New Way to be a fun and creative place for our students to be part of a unique community, explore the world and feel amazing about themselves. 
 
Our Afterschool programs will run 2-3 times a week. We want your children to be ready to make the leap into high school. So, that’s why all of our programs are conducted in English. We divide our programs based on English speaking levels, yet the goals and content of each project and program remain the same. New Way is not a simple language school. We want to emphasize that building knowledge, emotional awareness, and a positive self-belief system is equally as important as getting good grades in school. Who we are and how we show up each day matters the most. At the end day, remember, you are your magic.

Founder

Karolina Koppany– Ms. K

Karolina is an award winning innovative teacher, consultant, and happiness researcher, recognized in the East Bay Area as Teacher of the Year, 2015. For more than six years, she has been exploring different methods and practices to bring authentic happiness into people’s lives, and has been sharing her happiness with the children in her classrooms. From an early age, Karolina had dreamed of a career where she could use her natural ability to empathize with others and help kids learn, discover, and acquire knowledge.

Although she has a BA in Communication and Business, and an MS in International Marketing, she considers herself a life-long learner, and after completing these degrees, she enrolled again in graduate school to obtain an MAT in Education and Counseling. Karolina believes that teaching is the most rewarding job in the world and gives her a sense that she is making the world a better place one student at a time. She believes: “The goal for every teacher is to help children thrive academically, socially and emotionally. I want my students to be curious, to have concern for others and to have a growth mindset. I want them to not only be skilled, but also be alert and open to new opportunities and to take risks. We cannot forget that we all have to feel cared for and happy to learn. This is the core!”

 

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Meet Ms. K through a parent's eye!

La Gazette, 24 March 2015 l Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley

Our daughter, Raquel, is in G5 and started the year with a new English teacher, Karolina Koppany.   There is, understandably, a certain amount of apprehension when your child gets a brand new teacher and we were no different.  However, from the first day, we knew we were going to have a very different academic year than we have had previously in our 10 years here at EB (our son is currently in 8th grade).  
 
Our daughter talked excitedly about morning meetings, learning circles, debates and, most intriguing of all, she was always doing projects on topics of her own choosing! She was so excited to go to school each day and I found I was relishing asking that daily question, “What did you do today?”  Instead of the usual mundane responses, I was suddenly barraged by statements like, “We debated about whether TV is good for you or bad for you.  I got placed on the ‘it’s bad for you’ team and we won…even though none of us think it’s bad for us.” And, “I have to do a research project on earthquakes.  I think I’ll do it on the new Bay Bridge construction.  I’ve always wondered about that.”
 
In preparation for this article on the direct benefits of Innovative Learning, I asked my daughter to give me her perspective of what is going on in her classroom and what makes it so exciting and different.  Here was her analysis:
 
“Ms. K doesn’t teach like other teachers who just make us do lessons and memorize.  Ms. K gives us options and choices. So it’s work but it doesn’t feel like work. And when we have to learn something specific she does fun activities and games like Jeopardy for fractions.”
 
Karolina is definitely a special teacher but we have lots of special teachers here at EB.  I was curious to know why she was striking such a different and wonderful cord with not only my daughter but also connecting with many of the other boys and girls in her G5 classroom.  So I asked her what her secrets were.
 
It turns out that Karolina has been trained in several cutting edge 21st century learning experiences such as Stanford’s Innovation by Design,  Harvard’s Project Zero and Making Thinking Visible, the Inquiry-Based Model of Learning, and the Responsive Classroom.  All of this is overlaid by a strong adherence to the Happiness Classroom and Whole Brain Teaching Philosophy for happy classroom management.
 
So what do all of these fancy terms mean to a lay person like you or I?  We hear all the time about ‘flipped’ classrooms and I think we immediately imagine a Khan Academy approach where the kids get their lectures at home at night and the homework is done in class. But Karolina is REALLY flipping the classroom. The students are in the driver’s seat and the teacher is the facilitator.   This means that Karolina integrates the kids’s own interests and passions into the curriculum.  She always gives the children a choice and this makes them take ownership and responsibility for their learning.  I personally love that the students come up with their own questions about major topics such as survival, heroism, perspective, discrimination and evolution to research and then present their results at the end of each unit.
            
She doesn’t follow the traditional classroom model but instead has made a student-centered, skill based and technology embedded classroom that the kids ‘own’.  She has consciously stepped out of the lecture model and instead leads mini-lessons, followed by discussions and debates.  To foster critical thinking and creativity, she is passionate about finding ways to present thinking through reading, writing and speaking. 
 
And why are the kids so darn happy?  Ms. K says, “The goal for every teacher is to help children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. I also want my students to be curious, to have concern for truth and understanding, to have a creative mindset, and not just be skilled but also be alert to thinking and learning opportunities and be eager to take them. BUT we can’t forget that we all have to be happy to learn.  This is the core!” 
 
Ms. K, at least with my daughter, you have succeeded!
 
Laura Clydesdale

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Be the best version of yourself

“How was your day? – she knew how to make those simple little phrases make a huge difference in someone's day. Ms. K saw something that some students didn't see in themselves and made every one of them the best student and person they could be.”

Connecting on a human level

“Ms. K was such an incredible and unique teacher to me. She would really connect with her students and understand them and share things that were on her mind. This is such an amazing thing because connecting with your teacher makes your experience ten times better since you know they’re putting their trust in you.”

Energy is everything

“When I walked into her classroom, I felt such happy energy. It made me feel like Ms. K was excited about what she was teaching, so I was excited to learn.”

Teach from a child’s perspective

“Like I’ve mentioned before you are a FABULOUS teacher (my favorite one). Your teaching skills are incredible. Your personality is inspirational. When you ask me how I’m doing, you really mean it. And I am so, so, so grateful that I have you as an English teacher. I wouldn’t change at all.”

Belief is an invisible power

“Ms. K nurtured the spark that I had for reading and writing into a passion, and I know that this sounds cliche, but it’s something that I’m incredibly grateful for because, without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

We are your guiding light

“You are one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever had. If this school year was an endless desert, you’d be the compass to guide me through it. If this year was the ocean, you’d be my submarine, and if I was Tupac, then you’d be my rose.”  

Used her own time to help

“Ms. K brings an energy into the room that I’ve never seen in any other adult. She’s relatable and fun, and she genuinely cares about all of her students. She took time to make sure that we were all happy, and when we weren’t feeling our best she would use her own time to help us.”

A loving heart is the truest wisdom

“I know an incredibly small number of people who have as much love in their hearts as Ms. K does, and I’m sure that anyone who is fortunate and blessed enough to have her as their teacher will say the same.”

Her smile changed the world

“There was never a day where there was not a smile on her face and joy emulating from her classroom. She shaped my life and the lives of many other students.”

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Parents' Consultation

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:

  • How do I pick the right middle school?
  • How do I pick the right high school?
  • Why is my child not motivated?
  • How can I teach my child how to make friends?
  • How do I get my kid to spend less time on social media?
  • Are my kid’s study habits normal?

Well, I’m here to help you.

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Parents' Consultation

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:

  • How do I pick the right middle school?
  • How do I pick the right high school?
  • Why is my child not motivated?
  • How can I teach my child how to make friends?
  • How do I get my kid to spend less time on social media?
  • Are my kid’s study habits normal?

Well, I’m here to help you. I have spent the past 12 years teaching in American and Hungarian schools and I have come across hundreds of parents who are perplexed by concerns faced with raising children. So, with all this experience, I realized I have a gift to share with parents in a time when human-to-human connection matters most. I want to help you develop a closer relationship with your child and support you.

Together, we will create:

  • Action plans
  • Individual Education Plans
  • Gratitude habits
  • Frameworks for productive conversations with your family

How does my Parent Consulting Program work?

We will first have a free 15 minute initial phone consultation. Then we will either meet or create a video conferencing plan for us moving forward based on individual need.

I provide:

  • confidential atmosphere
  • continuous contact and follow-up
  • moral and emotional support

Consultation fee: HUF 10.000/hour/consultation