Transforming Schools (K-12)


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

Robinson provides a metaphor that education is currently industrial but needs to become organic throughout his book. 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 fundamental changes are happening. 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 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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