Posts Tagged ‘Sir Ken Robinson’


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December 9, 2018

The Arts at the Center

Recently on Facebook Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Janie Snider from Hancock Grammar School shared a link to Mind/Shift with an excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica’s book You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education. The book was published on March 13, 2018 by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

The piece talks about schools that are changing and successfully meeting the best interests of their students, families, and communities. Teachers and school leaders are using innovative ideas to envision the school plan.

Sir Ken Robinson

Orchard Gardens Elementary School in Roxbury, MA was one of these schools. In 2010 students were doing poorly by all measures and there was a revolving door of teachers and principals. They spent more than $250,000 a year on security guards. Principal number six arrived and decided to spend that same money on arts education. Together staff and administration established systems to support students as individuals, established a school culture and did all that we know is impactful in the arts. Teaching artists, investment in instruments, displayed artwork in the halls and classrooms, and offered creative workshops for teachers and parents.

Orchard Gardens is one example that Robinson and Aronica outline in the book. The essence of the book is really about how schools can transform. It’s not about the learners in the school, most likely the problem is the system. Change the school and many of the problems will disappear. It is possible and is happening.

You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.


Sir Ken Robinson

February 6, 2015

Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

I’ve shared several YouTubes, articles, and thoughtful items from Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ronbinson is an educator who works with school change and cultures around the world. He has a new book being released called Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up. In this video he provides a snippet of what the book is about. I look forward to reading the book.


Can Creativity be Taught and Assessed?

November 7, 2014

Ken Robinson

We’ve heard from Sir Ken Robinson in the past on the topic of creativity. Many educators are now talking about creativity, not just visual and performing arts teachers. Sir Robinson dives into the topic of creativity, the teaching of it and the assessing of it.

Where do you stand on the topic? Do you teach creativity separate from a specific topic that you are teaching? Can creativity be taught? Check out this YouTube and see what you think.


Sir Ken Robinson: Educating the Heart

July 29, 2014

The heart and mind

I think this is an appropriate post to provide today as we begin the 3-day Summit on Arts Education at USM. I have posted the work of Ken Robinson in the past. He has thought-provoking videos on YouTube and TED talks and travels around the world talking about creativity. And, on top of that he is funny. He has written several books that I have enjoyed reading and highly recommend them. Anyway, this video called Educating the Heart and Mind and I hope that you enjoy it!

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