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Welcome to The Institute for Educational Studies
What if there were a way to learn that not only utilizes the knowledge and experience you have gained but also values it… seeing it as a tool for further growth? What if there were a place that allows you to share with other people seeking intellectual and personal growth? What if there were a place where you could not only explore new ideas in a safe way, but also take substantial risks — all without fear of failure? What if there were a way to hold an alternative idea without feeling threatened or a need to defend yourself? What if you can do all this while furthering your education and deepening your understanding and potential for living in harmony with Earth systems?
A global campus…
TIES is a global campus: education without borders. The online platform encompasses endless learning media such as written, audio, video, tactile arts, musical arts, experiential labs, and collaborative community building. The TIES curriculum prepares and promotes the idea that each of us has a unique role in shaping the future. The M.Ed. program of study embraces learning as a lifelong process, integrating knowledge and experience in a vibrant learning community. In fact, most students and graduates will tell you that their TIES experience was personally transformative.
What is Integrative Learning?
Integrative learning is learning that is beyond interdisciplinary studies, as it embraces overarching contexts that form a web of interconnection. Nothing is explored in isolation and all aspects of learning are related: personal and intellectual, cognitive and spiritual.
Integrative learning begins from universal understanding that life on Earth is a derivative of an evolutionary cosmos. By integrating all content, students come away with concrete ideas for their present and future contributions to the Earth community.
Education 2000: A Holistic Perspective
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TIES offers two M.Ed. options
Integrative Learning for those who wish to explore an experiential, dynamic paradigm for education; and Montessori Integrative Learning for educators immersed in the global Montessori movement.
M.Ed. Program Portals:
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Latest Blog Posts
For years, the community of children, parents and teachers at Nova Montessori School in Christchurch, New Zealand, gather before dawn on the morning of the Winter Solstice (June 21). They are waiting to view the sun on the ocean horizon. As a prelude, there is quiet repose and everyone lays out their blankets and makes their way down to lay entirely on their front in preparation for experiencing Earth roll; that is, feeling one’s body attached to the Earth as it rolls towards the sun.
As a teacher-educator responsible for sparking awe and wonder in adult learners so that they too will spark awe and wonder in their students, I turned my attention to exploring the function of what I suspect is a game-changing element in adult education. What I found is that to be in a state of awe is a key to transcendence, and it is woven into the story of the universe as part of the fabric of our evolutionary spirit.
Movement is helpful for physical health, but movement for the sake of creating awareness is beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional health. This is not to say that mindful meditation practice is not helpful or valuable, but, instead, that mindful somatic practice integrates the entire being – body, mind, and spirit – into the process of knowing and understanding the inner world through both stillness and motion. For me, mindful somatic practices lend themselves to the experience of a more full and rich internal landscape, from which I can then begin to relate to my outer world.
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Educating for Right-Action and Love: Extending and Expanding the Montessori Vission
by Philip Snow Gang