I'm rather absurdly excited to announce that the fabulous Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and author of the above book, will be visiting Austin at the end of March, and these are the events we have lined up for him while he's here.
An evening with:
GEVER TULLEY Founder of Tinkering School (tinkeringschool.com)
and author of Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)
CARRIE CONTEY, Ph D. Co-founder of Slow Family Living (slowfamilyliving.com)
prenatal and perinatal psychologist, parenting coach, educator and consultant
and BERNADETTE NOLL Co-founder of Slow Family Living and
Future Craft Collective (futurecraftcollective.com), writer and mother of four
speaking on the topic of
INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH, 7PM
Sri Atmananda Memorial School, 4100 Red River
RSVP: KAMI WILT, KWILT@AUSTIN.RR.COM
Gever will be signing copies of his book after the talk. Bring cash or a check if you'd like to buy one.
A day long Tinkering School workshop with fifteen kids at Sri Atmananda. We will be designing and building a two story structure out of sticks using a lashing technique which Gever recently wrote about in Make magazine.
A screening of the film, Race To Nowhere: The dark side of America's achievement culture.
A panel discussion will follow with Gever Tulley, Bernadette Noll, and others.
A blurb from the film's site:
"Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in our achievement obsessed public and private education system and culture. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens."
Location TBA. $5. Visit the website to watch the trailer. Book signing to follow the discussion.
UT talk to design students... this is open to the public, but I don't yet have the deets. I will update this posting when I have the specifics, including the location for the film.
Oh, it's all just going to be a real shebang, I can't wait! I mean, the guy was just on Good Morning, America for goodness sake (if that's not evidence that you've arrived I don't know what is)... this is our big chance to see him before he's just WAY too famous. And vision Tinkering School: Austin... let's make it happen. Wouldn't it be cool??