More than 700 educators from more than 100 private schools, public schools, and educational organizations gathered on 4 November 2011 for an evening with Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and leader in the development of education, creativity, and innovation. Sir Ken shared his inspiring ideas about how we can better prepare our students for their futures, and responded to our pressing questions, concerns, and ideas about elementary school education in the 21st century. (Be sure to view Sir Ken’s video invitation to participants to join him for this important evening.)
Sir Ken’s famous 2006 and 2010 TED talks have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk was acknowledged this last June as the most watched TEDTalk in the organization’s history; when members of the TED community were asked last month, “Which TED talk would you play to open the school year,” this talk was the overwhelming favorite. Most of you are also familiar with Sir Ken Robinson’s recent books — notably, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything and this year’s re-release of the landmark Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative.
ONLY FOR EDUCATORS. ONLY BY RESERVATION. FREE.
The generous support of Curtis School, the John Thomas Dye School, Mirman School, New Roads School, Viewpoint School, and Westside Neighborhood School made it possible to offer tickets free of charge for all educators who registered to attend. In order to ensure the inclusion of representative elementary school educators from as wide a range of schools as possible, 6 tickets were reserved for each of 65 invited independent, public, and charter elementary schools during a special preregistration period from 26 September through 7 October. On 11 October, all remaining seats — as well as any unclaimed seats from the preregistration period — were made available to any interested educators who wished to join us, during an open registration period. These tickets were all claimed within 48 hours. A wait list was maintained through 28 October, and many additional tickets were released. More than 700 educators from more than 100 schools, districts, and organizations registered to attend.
CENTER FOR THE FUTURE OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AT CURTIS SCHOOL
The Center for the Future of Elementary Education at Curtis School was excited to facilitate and to participate in this collaborative venture, and thrilled to join Sir Ken alongside so many other enthusiastic educators. Together, we can begin to resolve some of the vexing challenges, and discover many of the wondrous opportunities, that characterize elementary school education in the 21st century.
THIS EVENT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF: