Prior to the release of her newest book, Good Talk, Mira's critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India's Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.
Creativity expert, author, and Blue School Advisory Board member, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., will be joining the Blue School community to speak about his latest book, You, Your Child and School: Navigating Your Way to the Best Education
For those of you who have not met Sir Ken, he has the #1 viewed TED Talk of all time, Do Schools Kill Creativity? He is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential. For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations.
He is also the author of The Element (which has been translated into twenty-three languages), Finding Your Element, and Creative Schools.
We are so fortunate to have Sir Ken Robinson on the Blue School Advisory Board! Please RSVP to join us for an evening of dynamic and inspiring conversation about the future of education.
Light refreshments to follow.
Space is limited. Please RSVP below.
The Blue Notes Speaker Series focuses on 21st century education: what it means, what it looks like, and how it is taking shape at Blue School and beyond. The series is open to the Blue School community and to the public, encouraging engaged and enlightened conversation.
At Blue School stories give children voice. This voice can be loud and proud, soft and strong, spoken or sung or entirely non-verbal: expressed with materials or movement or a good giggle.
You and your toddler are warmly invited to come share stories--and songs and materials, movement and giggles--with us at Blue School.
Come join our Little Blue Book Club, your voices are welcome!
Recommended Ages: 0 - 3 years old
Friday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15am
Single Class: $20
5 pack of classes: $75
10 pack of classes: $125
No advance registration is necessary. Please sign in at the front desk, payment will be accepted at the time of arrival.
Join this conference of educators at Blue School on Tuesday, November 6 to discuss the powerful concept of Voice in our schools. We welcome all educators to partake in a day of conversation and study focused on Voice. We will be hosting various seminars led by educators throughout the day, as well as our keynote address by Susan Harris MacKay, Pedagogical Director at Opal School and Portland Children's Museum.
A few leading questions to guide us:
How do schools promote the development of children’s voices beginning in early childhood through Middle School and beyond?
What is the role of our schools and our classrooms in promoting the development of children’s voices?
What is the connection between identity and voice?
How do students become thoughtful about when and for what they should use their voices?
What role does listening play in developing one’s voice?
Join this conference of educators to discuss the power of the concept of Voice in our schools.
Susan Harris MacKay
Pedagogical Director, Opal School and Portland Children's Museum
Educator/Writer/Producer, Studio 180
Mary Gage Davis
Teacher-Researcher, Opal School
President, Institute of Humane Education
Blue School Faculty & Other Educators
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Please join us for a Blue Note talk with esteemed neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang where she will discuss the neuroscience of learning, creativity, culture, morality and social interaction. Hosted by Blue School and Bank Street Education Center.
The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries
Join us for a Blue Note talk and book signing with Zoe Weil where she will speak and read from her new book The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries.
How can we create a just, healthy, and humane world? What is the path to developing sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, construction, and other systems? What’s the best strategy to end poverty and ensure that everyone has equal rights? How can we slow the rate of extinction and restore ecosystems? How can we learn to resolve conflicts without violence and treat other people and nonhuman animals with respect and compassion? The answer to all these questions lies with one underlying system—schooling. To create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world, we must reimagine education and prepare a generation to be solutionaries — young people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to create a better future.
Join Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education and author of the new book The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, for a talk on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Zoe will provide insight and ideas for preparing young people for the exciting, important, and meaningful work of harnessing their creativity and capacities so that they can best contribute to a thriving world for all.
It's time to RSVP for Harvest Fest. Please visit this link to let us know what you plan to bring for the potluck and if you will enter the pie contest. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family ($7 at the door). We still have lots of parent volunteer slots open for each activity. Please find your grade or preferred activity below and click to sign up. Location: Fulton Square.
2's (Pumpkin Decorating): http://vols.pt/nc9XT7
3's (Makers Table): http://vols.pt/cmggAb
4/5's (Lantern Making): http://vols.pt/o5aneq
K's (Nature Crafts): http://vols.pt/GT7TSh
1st grade (Toy Painting): http://vols.pt/o6zUb6
2nd grade (Food): http://vols.pt/Q2jsxH
3rd grade (Costume Making): http://vols.pt/BEdGD9
4th grade (Donuts on a String): http://vols.pt/VDeQBx
5th grade (Pie Contest): http://vols.pt/HpRdLj
6th grade (Games): http://vols.pt/fXH4Qg
Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the launch of the 2015-2016 school year (and our TENTH anniversary) on October 1 at 5:45 PM. ALL families are invited to join us to hear from Allison and others about the coming year and meet other Blue School families. There will be a fun craft activity for all who wish to partake, so we hope you can make it, meet new people and enjoy each other's company. RSVP below, if you are planning on attending.
Childcare will be provided. To reserve a spot for your child, please click the button below. Childcare drop off will begin at 5:30. Please note: childcare is only available for children currently enrolled at Blue School.
Join Peter Bowers, PhD, Founder of WordWorks, for this engaging, practical, three-day workshop. Learn how teachers and tutors around the world apply the principles of scientific inquiry to the study of English spelling to build vocabulary, reading and spelling knowledge -- and also as leverage for learning in any subject area. Open to educators of all ages and abilities.
A special book signing event with Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential, and a Blue School Advisory Board member. Featuring Robinson's newest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, co-authored with Lou Aronica (Viking; April 21, 2015).
Blue School's annual conference for educators.
Watch video of sessions with Dr. Dan Siegel, author of The Whole Brain Child and Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and Dorothy Barnhouse, Literacy Consultant and co-author of What Readers Really Do and Readers Front and Center.
Neuropsychiatrist and Blue School Advisory Board member Dr. Dan Siegel will share insights from his latest research and newest book Brainstorm, an inside-out guide to the emerging adolescent mind. He will illuminate the changes in the brain during adolescence and explore practical ways parents can approach this important time of life to make the most of relationships and development.