We are calling on inspired educators who bring vision, skill, and a keen understanding of the conditions required for all learners to thrive.  We invite you to join us in establishing a coalition of like-minded leaders who have the passion and the will to transform our schools into creative learning environments for the future.  

 

The task we face is not to increase yield in schools at the expense of engagement; it is to invigorate the living culture of schools themselves.   -- Ken Robinson

The Coalition of Creative Schools

Coming in September:

Dr. Yong Zhao

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Past Speakers

Dr. Temple Grandin -- The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, shares her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.  Too many schools are designed to activate only a narrow spectrum of intelligence.  Dr. Grandin shines a light on practices that are systematically screening out brilliance.  And as she so eloquently points out, we need that brilliance. 

Deborah Meier -- Democracy in Schools

Deborah Meier ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S.  She was a founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools and in 1987 she received a MacArthur “genius” Award for her work in public education. Through her work with the Coalition, Meier helped foster democratic communities, giving teachers greater autonomy in the running of a school, giving parents a voice in what happens to their children in schools, and promoting intergenerational connections. Notable books include: The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem, and In Schools we Trust. 

Dr. Linda Nathan -- When Grit Isn't Enough

Dr. Nathan confronts popular myths and assumptions about equality and opportunity that ignore the structural inequities in our education system.  She suggests ways to move forward with a deeper commitment to creating schools that recognize the talents, needs and aspirations of each individual and that provide multiple pathways that launch students successfully into further education and careers. 

Creating What Matters - Jane Shirley

As President of Catapult School Leadership, Jane has been recruiting talented, visionary leaders who have been working to design school models that break the mold and nurture the diversity of intelligence that we need for our future.  Now she asks:  How do we organize our collective genius and build a movement that can connect across like-minded networks?  How do we spark deep systemic change across the entire system?  In this short talk, Jane will share a few insights, disrupt some thinking and then throw down the challenge.