Transforming Schools (K-12)


Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity? is the most viewed TED Talk in the organization’s history and shows he struck a nerve in his criticism of modern education. His book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that is Transforming Schools, expands on that presentation. He examines the history and purposes of schools, describes how educational systems adapt, and proposes ideas to strengthen modern education.

Throughout his book Robinson provides a metaphor that education is currently industrial but needs to become organic. Under the premise that the fundamentals of western education as a whole haven’t changed dramatically in the past century, Robinson searches educational initiatives extensively and finds pockets where organic education has sprouted and real changes are being made. Through these examples, programs, classrooms and teachers, readers will get an idea of his vision for the potential of modern education.

Educators taking this course will critique, analyze and reflect on how progressive schools and systems in both the U.S. and internationally are meeting students’ needs and advancing modern education. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate level course and intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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