Overview of Integral Education

Overview of Integral Education
A lively introduction to integral education in theory and practice
From:
Jan 8, 2013 (Tuesday) at 12:00am PST
To:
Mar 26, 2013 (Tuesday) at 12:00am PDT

What Is It?

Integral Education arose in the Pre-Socratic era, and is re-emerging at this juncture to equip educators with a broader capacity to ask the missing questions that live in the realm of teaching practice. An integral approach brings an inclusive look at the teacher’s direct experience, teaching methods, assessment strategies and the creation of culture in our schools, to name a few areas of application. Areas of practice are organized around a core of orienting principles; a unifying framework that provides a thorough map for the terrain we call education. From this perspective we gain greater agility to navigate the areas of practice that seem ‘stagnant’ or immovable. Experiential, theoretical and didactic in nature, this course will cover the theoretical underpinnings for an integral approach to education, with an emphasis on examining the intersection between self and practice. We’ll dive into the practical application of the integral framework in service of greater self-awareness to support you to cultivate a wider, deeper perspective for your teaching practice.

Location

This event takes place online.
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Registration Ends:
Jan 5 2013, 11:00pm
Price
$815 USD
USD

Presenters: 

Willow Dea MS OTR plays with integral program development for all ages. As Director for the Integral Education Center at META Integral, she provides consulting and coaching for those committed to individual and organizational evolution. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy, the science of human performance. After 16 years in private practice, she turned to facilitating seminars for educators, and is the Editor of Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education in the 21st Century. She co-developed Inner Space Training for commercial space tourists, taking integral education to the Kosmos.

Twenty three years of therapeutic, embodiment and contemplative training inform her work. She utilizes experiential practice, language distinctions, emotional integration and highly customized Jedi skills to assist her clients to have breakthroughs on a regular basis. Willow contributes to Huffington Post, and educational magazines regularly. After work, she can be found running, meditating, dancing Argentine Tango, or writing.

 

Matthew Rich, coach, consultant and independent scholar, has a diverse background in alternative learning and human development. He has worked as an early childhood teacher (in the Montessori system), a school and organizational development consultant, a researcher, and as trainer, coach, and lecturer. He holds qualifications in Early Childhood Development, Montessori education, and TESOL, and is presently completing a Master’s degree in Psychology through the International Centre for Integral Studies. He is a Certified Life Coach and recently completed his assessment to become a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Matthew is Director of Operations at Meta-Integral’s Integral Education Center, an educational consultant at the Experience Integral Foundation in the Netherlands, and a Research Fellow an faculty member at the School for Transformative Leadership at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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Price Option 1 Label: 
Tuition ($775) + Materials ($40)
Price Option 1: 
$815.00
Center: 
Integral Education Center

Course Description:

This course provides an introductory overview of the emerging field of integral education. It accomplishes through articulating and examining the core principles which unite integral pedagogies and andragogies in theory and practice. Participants will explore the ways in which these principles have been expressed in the thinking of a number of integral thinkers who have made an impact on educational thought, including Rudolph Steiner, Edgar Morin, Roy Bhashkar, and Maria Montessori; and special attention will be given to the educational applications of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The course will balance this comprehensive theoretical overview with embodied awareness and interior development, as well as practical application in the field (including reviews of integral approaches to classroom leadership, curriculum design, and assessment).

 

Course Duration:

The program consists of twelve weeks of classes (with the possibility of a four week extension for the submission of individualized projects). This is a graduate level course and students will need to invest (on average) between 4 and 12 additional hours per week to stay on top of required readings and reflective assignments.

 

Target Audience:

Teachers, administrators, parents, academics, and graduate students seeking a more integrated approach to stewarding educational transformation, in the midst of complexity.

 

Course Goals:

  • A theoretical and historical overview of the emerging field of integral education
  • A solid basic understanding of Ken Wilber’s AQAL model and its relevance to the field of education
  • Tools for developing an integral transformative practice to support on-going personal development
  • A understanding of the role that our shadow can play in our classroom practice and approaches to face up to our shadow effectively
  • An understanding of how the insights of an integral approach can be effectively applied in educational contexts with focus on a range of key areas of practice
  • Apply integral theory to your own work
  • Develop a community of practice

 

Our Approach:

  • Each module comprises a balance between theory, awareness, and application
  • Each module explores a topic from personal, interpersonal, and practical perspectives
  • Practitioners are engaged in a process of dialogical action
  • Participants are assessed on the basis of a common core curriculum (consisting of reflection and application tasks) as well as through the submission of innovative extension assignment(s) which they will defend

Willow Dea MS OTR plays with integral program development for all ages. As Director for the Integral Education Center at META Integral, she provides consulting and coaching for those committed to individual and organizational evolution. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy, the science of human performance. After 16 years in private practice, she turned to facilitating seminars for educators, and is the Editor of Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education in the 21st Century. She co-developed Inner Space Training for commercial space tourists, taking integral education to the Kosmos.

Twenty three years of therapeutic, embodiment and contemplative training inform her work. She utilizes experiential practice, language distinctions, emotional integration and highly customized Jedi skills to assist her clients to have breakthroughs on a regular basis. Willow contributes to Huffington Post, and educational magazines regularly. After work, she can be found running, meditating, dancing Argentine Tango, or writing.

 

Matthew Rich, coach, consultant and independent scholar, has a diverse background in alternative learning and human development. He has worked as an early childhood teacher (in the Montessori system), a school and organizational development consultant, a researcher, and as trainer, coach, and lecturer. He holds qualifications in Early Childhood Development, Montessori education, and TESOL, and is presently completing a Master’s degree in Psychology through the International Centre for Integral Studies. He is a Certified Life Coach and recently completed his assessment to become a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Matthew is Director of Operations at Meta-Integral’s Integral Education Center, an educational consultant at the Experience Integral Foundation in the Netherlands, and a Research Fellow an faculty member at the School for Transformative Leadership at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.