Culminating Projects

The Institute for Educational Studies:
Sampling of Graduate Projects

Through Cosmos and Gaia’s lens, the Culminating Project (CP) is a written exploration that integrates all threads developed during an 18-month learning journey. It synthesizes each student’s Great Work or Cosmic Task created through their vision of self-designed emphasis areas. The learning itself is informed by books, documentaries, observations, and creativity exercises occurring during community dialogues.

The TIES program is most often described by our students as transformative education. The writer’s evolution from their first paper to the final crafting of the CP in itself is a hero’s journey for our adult learners. Within this experience, the essence of Integrative Learning is realized.

A very recent graduate explains, “This program has provided me with the opportunity to deeply understand myself in ways that I could have never imagined. This profound exploration of self and purpose has rippled into every single part of my life, professionally and personally, and my journey has only just begun.”

Here is a sampling of CP titles from the past 25 years.

Featured Culminating Project:

Montessori and Reggio Together: Exploring Possibilities

By Kathryn Ross, TIES Faculty

Acknowledged by The American Montessori Society’s Master’s Thesis

An Ecogenesis for Education: A Context for Learning: Perceiving Systemic Patterns in the Design and Creation of Learning Communities

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An Ecogenesis for Education: A Context for Learning: Perceiving Systemic Patterns in the Design and Creation of Learning Communities

Marsha Snow Morgan | New Zealand

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Building Sacred Leadership: Integrating Human Values and Ecology in Education

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Building Sacred Leadership: Integrating Human Values and Ecology in Education

Tejendra Pherali | Nepal

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Cosmological Stories: Montessori Cosmic Education

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Cosmological Stories: Montessori Cosmic Education

Kathleen Miszuk | Mexico

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Cultivating Eco-centric Culture through Montessori Elementary Education

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Cultivating Eco-centric Culture through Montessori Elementary Education

April Smith | Vermont, USA

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Exploring Ways of Integrating Montessori Pedagogy into the Indonesian Education System

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Exploring Ways of Integrating Montessori Pedagogy into the Indonesian Education System

Carol Engmann | Indonesia

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From Hydrogen Atoms to Humans: Connecting the Dots to Adolescents and the Montessori Secondary Classroom

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From Hydrogen Atoms to Humans: Connecting the Dots to Adolescents and the Montessori Secondary Classroom

Paula Dean | Florida, USA

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In a Mind’s Eye: The Nature of Creativity

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In a Mind’s Eye: The Nature of Creativity

Andrew Kay | Denmark

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Inspiration from Reggio Emilia

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Inspiration from Reggio Emilia

Eva Sikes | Hawaii, USA

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Leadership as an Integrated Montessori System: How Montessori Principles and System Thinking can Inform and Strengthen School Leadership

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Leadership as an Integrated Montessori System: How Montessori Principles and System Thinking can Inform and Strengthen School Leadership

Pherooz Kerani | Czech Republic

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Montessori and Reggio Together: Exploring Possibilities

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Montessori and Reggio Together: Exploring Possibilities

Kathryn Ross | Colorado, USA

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Self-Transcendence and the Cosmic Task: An Exploration of the Primal Paradox through the Consilience of Neurophenomenology

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Self-Transcendence and the Cosmic Task: An Exploration of the Primal Paradox through the Consilience of Neurophenomenology

Huck Ford | Ohio, USA

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Spiritual Ecology: An Exploration of Self interwoven in a Multidimensional Energetic Landscape

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Spiritual Ecology: An Exploration of Self interwoven in a Multidimensional Energetic Landscape

Jennifer Mathews | Maine, USA

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Stories and Unconditioning: A Milieu for Spiritual Preparation of the Child and the Educator

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Stories and Unconditioning: A Milieu for Spiritual Preparation of the Child and the Educator

Aarthi Nandakumar | Indonesia

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The Wild Cosmic Dance: Explorations in Spirituality, Creativity and Intimacy

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The Wild Cosmic Dance: Explorations in Spirituality, Creativity and Intimacy

Sarah Denae | Oregon, USA

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