San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Blue School presents: Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential, and a Blue School Advisory Board member.
On Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, Robinson visited Blue School to present his newest book, Finding Your Element.
Watch and share the full presentation and Q&A again here: www.blueschool.org/sir-ken-robinson.
Sir Ken Robinson
Robinson's 2006 TED talk on how schools kill creativity is the most watched in the organization's history, with more than 20 million views online. In his newest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, Robinson explores the ways that children fail to develop their full talents and potentials at school. He looks at the need for every person to find their true talents, as well as the urgency for schools and organizations to cultivate these capacities -- for personal, economic and cultural reasons.
When & Where
Blue School is a nonprofit private school for age 2 through grade 8, located in downtown NYC. 250 children age 2-grade 5 are enrolled for 2014-15, and the school is currently accepting applications for its first 6th grade class, which will enroll in fall 2015. One middle school grade will be added per year – 6th grade in 2015, 7th grade in 2016 and 8th grade in 2017. Blue School is renovating 233 Water Street, the building adjacent to its current facility, to house grades 6-8 while a more permanent home for the middle school is acquired. The school is deep in the design process for the new space, and schematic renderings can be viewed at www.blueschool.org/middle-school.
Every day at Blue School, masterful teachers balance opportunities to expand student’s academic mastery, creative thinking, and self and social intelligence. Through a singular marriage of methods that combine cutting-edge innovation with tried-and-true practices, academic seriousness with the necessity of joy, creativity, and exuberant play, Blue School ensures the traditional goals of schools, and all the aspects of a complete and balanced education. Blue School graduates are flexible, adaptive, joyful, and creative thinkers, ready to engage with what comes next and succeed in high school, college and beyond.
Blue School was founded by six accomplished artists, including the three original members of the Blue Man Group. They had always been interested in the challenges and innovations in the world of education; in fact, the Blue Man Group founders have often said that if their creative impulses hadn’t found expression first in performance art, they could have emerged in the creative of a school. Blue School’s founders consulted and collaborated with the best thinkers in the fields of education, neuroscience, child development, and creativity to help bring their vision to life. While the playgroup they started in 2006 has since matured into a thriving pre-primary, primary, and middle school, the imaginative spark of the Blue Man DNA continues to animate daily work at Blue School, from structured play in the preschool years, to acts of inspired innovation in the older grades.