TIES IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ….
The Institute For Educational Studies and Union Institute & University have formed an inspiring new academic partnership. Based on foundational synergies in social and ecological justice, TIES and UI&U will now offer the Master’s of Education programs in affiliation. We welcome Union to the TIES Community and look forward to many years of exceptional pedagogical collaboration. For TIES adult learners, there will be compelling opportunities for seamless passage into Union Doctoral programs, Ed.D. and Ph.D.
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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January 2022 Enrollment is Here!
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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Educating for Right-Action and Love: Extending and Expanding the Montessori Vission
by Philip Snow Gang
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Poets, artists, romantics, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, traditional healers, nature lovers, and others have known this for ages. There is something about our connection with nature that feels so right. That is the way life was for the first humans. Perhaps we still feel an exhilaration in nature since that is how our species evolved and we deeply sense that connection. Or maybe it was predetermined–nature dictated how our DNA would unfold all along and it simply is not possible not to feel connected.
In the spring of 1994 I was ambling through the Boulder Bookstore where I happened to stumble across multiple copies of Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry’s magnificent tale, The Universe Story, From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Dawn of the Ecozoic Era: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos, a volume that offered a magnificent and poetic history of the universe. Its initial lament (pp.1)was striking, ”We are somehow failing a fundamental role that we should be fulfilling, the role of enabling the Earth and the universe to reflect on themselves and to celebrate themselves.”
“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth” (Walt Whitman).
The “making of best persons” was actively at work one spring day when I took my kindergartners to our garden plot to weed, to harvest the scallions that they had planted, and to plant iris bulbs. Each student has a small plot in our raised bed—roughly two square feet per child with a chrysanthemum and scallions for each, and lavender plants in between their squares.