Revolutionary K-12 education might look like a creative incubator | Catherine Fraise


I started out as a public school teacher,
and then when I had children I explored a lot of different alternative pedagogies and
Montessori was the one that I felt most comfortable with. And I really liked Montessori because she
was a scientist and she observed children and their behavior and what they needed in
their development. And she found universal pieces that you need
to have in an environment for them to thrive and to develop optimally. So I thought I’d take the human tendencies
and all the wisdom that she had collected over her lifetime and create an environment
where I could implement all those pieces, as well as make it very Google-like. Like a creative company, so that children
felt they were going to this amazing creative space to create their best lives ever. Some people might call that school. I call it getting an education. They have a board of parents and this professional
ed team to help them put it together, and they own their education. It’s really empowering for them. We want them to start it when they’re young
– when they’re seven and going up so that by the time they’re 27 they’ll have mad, crazy
skills and will be earning money, finding their niche, feeling really empowered to co-create
exactly the life that they want for themselves. So the 21st century skills that everyone seems
to be talking about now out there in the education world are communication, creativity, collaboration
and critical thinking. You need to create an environment where they
just integrate these skills naturally. You don’t have to teach these things if you
create the right environment where they’re doing that all the time and it’s just very
natural. So the best medium for that, in my opinion,
is what I call an interdependent community. It’s a large group of multigenerational people
doing their thing in all different ways intersecting just like a reef. If you could think about it like a coral reef
that’s teeming with life, and you’ve got all sorts of different people and different ways
they do things and they’re learning from each other. Not like something with four walls with an
authority figure and then a bunch of students who have to remember what that teacher has
told them. This is children who are having – they’re
free moving, they’re thinking all the time. They have to come up with their projects. They’ve got to design their education. They’ve got to keep themselves in balance. They’ve got to communicate with everyone. They’re all collaborating, doing all sorts
of different things. And they’re discovering who they are in the
process. It’s a very joyous way to be as a human, and
they manage to get the academics as well. School is becoming irrelevant. When I first created Workspace I was thinking
I wanted to make a space that incubated social entrepreneurs. Children who felt confident and were confident
to manifest their ideas whether they were a product or an idea for a play they wanted
to write. Any idea was fine. We have a design thinking model because we
want them to not just come in and do stuff without really thinking about what they want
to do. We want them to understand that an idea is
really just the beginning, a spark of what could be. So we really tease out what they could actually
do and what they really care about and what they’re good at. We help them launch into a big passion project. Now, when they make something or do something
you have to have sort of a platform that they can share what they’re doing with the community. We have two big marketplace events. We do a little Shark Tank for them. We do open mic night. We have karaoke salons and all sorts of different
ways that they can show the community what they’re doing. The community, the parents become this big
launch community that are helping these children on their journeys. So we like to, as much as we can, include
all the other parents in all the children’s projects so they get buy-in and they get someone
cheerleading them on. We have a professional ed team that is there
all the time to support our parents as they are implementing this journey for their children. We have a tech wizard we call him and he teaches
all tech in the building. He has made a little apprenticeship program
in laser cutting and 3D printing and the projectors and all the different technology in the building. When parents feel empowered to use the podcasting
equipment or the DJing equipment and everything else that goes on then a lot of projects can
happen that wouldn’t have happened before because now they have the equipment, they
have the know-how. They can actually help their child create
the kinds of products that the children are asking for like a YouTube channel or whatever
the children are wanting to do. So that’s one of the people. We have a dream director and she’s all about
helping children manifest their ideas. A lot of the children we’re seeing coming
in aren’t doing a lot of writing. They’re doing a lot of swiping and a lot of
typing, but they’re not doing a lot of writing and drawing like we did when we were growing
up. Sometimes it’s hard for them to get their
ideas from what’s inside their head to something on paper. We have a lot of digital tools, digital design,
a lot of different ways that children can authentically express themselves in this space. Some children like to do a lot of building,
so that would be done in the makery or the wood shop or the cardboard manufacturing area. Other children like art, so we have a big
art studio. We have a lab, a research lab like Merck. They do real science down there and our scientist
has a Ph.D. from Yale and her dream is to incubate scientists. She’s down there actively incubating scientists. We have global awareness where we do international
collaborations and we have virtual reality in there so they can use Google Earth to actually
fly down to the place that they want to visit or they might be talking to a group in another
country and they can go on Google Earth down to that place and see where people are buying
their groceries and seeing where the children they’re talking to are going to school. There’s just a lot of different ways that
humans express themselves so creating a building full of these creative studios is a really
effective way to get children really fully and authentically expressing themselves.

24 thoughts on “Revolutionary K-12 education might look like a creative incubator | Catherine Fraise”

  1. Honestly, they got my support
    Most regular schools are not good for motivating and educating children!

  2. Not a bad idea to test this out. All public education needs to be updated. I don't know if this is going to last but at least they are trying something new.

  3. The real issue with public education is special needs kids suck up a disproportionate of the funding and the rest of the kids suffer greatly for it.
    No change of how you teach is going to fix the problem until we start giving every kid the same funding instead of punishing the best by giving all the funding to those who can't get the best return on investment.
    California is a great example of equal outcomes failure in education. We need equal opportunity and equal funding instead. You can't have both!

  4. Welcome to a generation of children who plan to earn a living playing video games. And now the schools will support them in that.

    Red Dead Elementary, now accepting students.

  5. My sister just got her masters in education from a Montessori Institution. It was really cool visiting her classroom and seeing the style in which they teach. The diffrent stations for learning were so intriguing that even i was picking things up and asking questions. Truly a brilliant technique to get children intrested and involved. Cant wait to see how it can be transformed and made avaliable to as many people as possible and not just to those who can afford it.

  6. Montessori is a cult of rich white libtards. I have firsthand experience with it and they make wild promises about how successful their students will end up being but then never back it up with outcomes.

  7. Alot of Starting Quarterbacks were on bad teams now they are Starting Quarterback like Aaron Rodgers for example. I grew up on Computers and Smart Phones being im a Malinial. I remember the internet age and the early cell phones. That something generations in the back of me do not remember. Sounds like to me this is new age teaching. Notice how she never said Memorization. You cant learn anything in reading or math without Memorization. im for Homeschooling. Some things she talked about I agree and disagree about. I dont see any path how this is better than what public schools already have. Sorry to disapoint, but it seems like the same thing just a different person talking about it. I created my Company without public schools teaching me about business. I would like to give others here that seek there online Highschool Diploma or G.E.D. the Truth. One size fits all package has Never worked for students or parents rights and never will. it reminds me how different States have aaep state program thats no better than big government in education. Nobody can fix Americas education system its already to far gone and is in most cases how many people in America feel about it, it has erroded, slandered and punished students for not conforming to bad education policies in making kids attend school for 180 days or there parents are arrested after 5 days of absentee. I think this may be good for others but not something I would want to do. Public Schools will lie to parents.

  8. launch…authentic…creative…empowered…(repeat). I was so lost in the buzzwords I almost missed the examples when she got to them.

  9. I’ve said this a million times and I will continue to say it, this is great only if the kids will have access to work environments in the future where creative thinking,
    using independent problem solving, within a collaborative team environment, that is VALUED by the employer.

    This is not the case for 99.99% of all working people in the United States. Being taught to think this way will only make a LOT more miserable adults, who know how things could and can be better at work, for their customer, for the companies bottom line and for that employees very sanity and satisfaction.

    Only the smartest poor kids with luck on their side and persistent wealthy kids will have access to work environments that use these “incubator based skills” and in turn making these individuals the best they can be in their fields of study.

    The sad part that everyone seems to ignore, is nearly all people work for tyrants and fearful micromanaging middle managers that act as jailers, whether they be 1099, hourly or on salary.

    So, where exactly does creative thinking and problem solving skills fit into these gulags?

  10. Nurturing children's creativity instead of crushing it under tons of dogma, rigid discipline, rote memorization and sarcasm from bitter teachers with broken dreams? That would never work.

  11. While some folks are making fun of this, the idea that one education system works for all children is crazy. I grew up hating school. Early on I was a straight A student learning all the basics and actually liked school up until around 5th grade and even got in the gifted program (called spotlight here). After about 5th grade though I started dreaded going in the morning and my grades began to fall because I became bored of the work. Things at this time start going from universal basics to more advanced and specific things. I loved science and math but just did not care about much else. I think in a different type of environment I would have thrived but I didn't fit in the one size fits all system. I never went to college due to all this, but still manged to work my way into a good paying job, but I also was very lucky and some people don't have the breaks I had to be where I am.

  12. 🕵️‍♀️still building homes. Like morons been doing for bla, bla, bla years
    Box A frame roofs and wood…
    Retards…
    America's fastest growing housing markets
    Ill never be normalz 👌😜 we do not think the same!
    Ill I have to offer…
    Differences
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgWos1gz8Rk

  13. We need to change how primary schools are taught but I don't like the lack of structure that Montessori Schools require to work. I've worked as a tutor and kids from these programs always have gaps in their knowledge that more structured programs easily cover.

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