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Sir Ken Robinson's Creative Schools

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Joshua Bromley

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Sir Ken Robinson's Creative Schools
Changing Metaphors
Alternative Education
Out of the box approaches
Tailored to students interests
Autonomy to make decisions and choices on learning
Changing Schools
Theory of Change
Natural Born Learners
"children...have an immense capaity to learn"
What's Worth Knowing?
Curriculum: a framework for what students should know, understand,
and be able to do (pg. 134)
As educators we need to look at the structure, mode, content, and ethos of curriculum

how is it received and relationships between the various disciplines
Mode: how students engage with content
Content: material to be learned, usually theory based
Ethos: general atmosphere of learning community

There are
8 core competencies
to assist schools with developing students to succeed in life:
Curiosity Creativity Criticism Collaboration
Communication Compassion Composure Citizenship

Students tend to learn best when they are doing and not only studying material!

Content is not mutually exclusive but allows for interdisciplinary implementation with

diversity, depth and dynamism
Testing, Testing
As of 2014, states are required to administer 14 test in reading & math for federal funding
Standardization can be effective if: - Build more than a broader set of skills
- Learners can tap into natural creativity and
entrepreneurial talents
Assessments should support teaching and learning and align with curriculum that is developed collaboratively.
-understand aptitude and development of learner
-collection of activities to support progress
-overall judgement on performance
"Not everything important is
measurable and not everything
measurable is important"
-Elliott Eisner
Formal and informal assessments should foster three main ideals:
Motivation, Achievement, Standards
Multi-method is the best approach-portfolios, tests, developmental scales, peer group, blogs, projects
Principles for Principals
For schools to excel, a school leader brings skill, vision, and understanding, to the community that learners can and want to learn (pg. 182).
Both leaders and managers
-need vision, support, resources, and skills
Build a community for teachers, students, parent, and staff to share a common mission
Three key ingredients for success:

Collaborative (distributed) leadership
Personalize School Environment
Curriculum & Instruction to improve student performance
Organization of school climate and how each component intersects with one another
Essential features to embrace culture:

The main role of a school leader is not command and control instead climate control
Bring It All Back Home
Dynamics in family structures bring great complexity to school communities
--who are the parents?
-- how much support provided? financially? emotionally?

Treat students as individuals and realize life isn't linear
Parent engagement can be motivating and lead to achievement no matter the socioeconomic status or cultural background -- involvement should be accessible by schools--
PTA, family groups,
student led conferences
Homeschooling has become a popular option and often these students outperfrom peers on standardized tests and SAT's--content is focused upon but allow the student to engage in other knowledge and how they want to learn
--yet does it provide the whole comprehensive
experience one would receive in a school community?
Changing the Climate
Policymakers both local and state need to make policies that will actually support the school changes
Education should be based on health, ecology, fairness, and care
cultivate students enthusiasm for learning
facilitate learning with highly professional teachers
motivate with a driving vision and sense of purpose
Policymakers need to understand what happens on a day to day basis and make policies that they believe have the best interest of the school involved
Educational practice needs to align with vision
Resources need to be made available to function--not just money
Accountability for both teachers and policymakers while professional development is provided
Some politicians care about education some don't, some would like to open up for-profit benefits, most like the command & control approach
when the major components of leadership don't align
"If you want to change the world, you must be the change you want to see. Because when enough people move that is a movement. And if the movement has enough energy, that is a revolution. And in education, that is exactly what we need."
Allison's Salient Take-Aways
American education is due for overhaul not just reform .
Policymakers need to collaborate with daily players and become aware of what is needed and how it effects those involved.
A sense of community is important for all to feel part of the process and be intrinsically involved in motivation and achievement of our learners.
Education revolves around economics, social structures, cultural differences, and individuality.
We need to create environments for our students to flourish
Creating experiences will allow change and growth for all involved.
Teachers should engage, enable, expect, and empower
Back to Basics
Doing what is necessary to setup students for success
Create a culture where school is valued
Create a safe environment conducive to learning
Value students as individuals (what matters to them)
Teach a curriculum needed for success
The Standards Movement
Higher accountability (testing)
Proportional Reasoning
"The standards movement has been largely unsuccessful"
Stifles creativity
Built for the past
One-size-fits-all approach
Industrial Education for an Industrial Age
Education for the skilled trades
Smaller segment of population
Manual repetitive schooling
Manual repetitive workplace
Identical products (students)
education is about living people
Differing opinions --> Differing Paths
Education as a complex system
Interworking parts
Related Process
Effects upon each other
The school environment
The classroom
The teaching model
The rigid schedule
Breaking out of the environment
"if only the school had known me..."
Charter Schools, Alternative Education, Creative opportunities
The Art of Teaching
Teach like your hair is on
Teachers are not in the delivery industry.
Guide Students through an Exploration
Shake up the paradigm
Josh's Salient Takeaways
Education is not a one-size fits all thing.
The interworking parts of education all influence each other.
Schools are a complex organism that should be nurtured not standardized.
Cater to your students needs as individuals.
Don't be afraid to try new things - it's in the best interests of your students.
Robinson, K., & Aronica, L. (2015). Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education.
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