People * Passion * Purpose (P3) – Join the Conversation

Success defines us.  But who defines success?

The P3 project was born of the sense that learning and education have become out of sync with one another.  With education often pointed to as a means to success, the Learning Committee questioned who defines success and how that influences learning. So we devised an experiment that the community could collectively observe and explore.  The P3 project asked 25 people, of all ages and from all walks of life, to intentionally pursue their passion for 9 months.  We paired these 25 Voyagers with 25 Guides (mentors) to support them as they challenged their assumptions, imagined new possibilities, and had the courage to expand beyond who they are to learn and grow.  The P3 participants offer us a window not only into how we learn, and how we support learning in our community, but how important an individual sense of passion and purpose is to achieving fulfillment, productivity and success.  Learn more about the project and the participants at www.thenextfifty.org/P3 

On August 13, 20 & 27, you are invited to join the conversation as P3 participants, researchers and the committee discuss their experiences and discoveries and we examine how that can impact learning and systems of learning in our society.  Each night focuses on a different aspect of the project.

Location: Playhouse/INTIMAN, 7:30PM

Tickets are free, but capacity is limited. 

Go to www.ticketmaster.com  in advance to reserve your ticket. 

If you are unable to attend, go to the Next Fifty Global Channel (seattlecenter.com) later to watch the recorded broadcasts. 

2 clock hours available per night. Attendance required at 2 nights, minimum. Register with Antioch University on-site. $1.50/clock hour check or cash.

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Classroom of the Future Exhibit and Events

Classroom of the Future – Exhibition Launch (July 31)

In 1962 The Seattle Times asked 3rd graders to predict the future and young Dick Hennacy declared, “Television will teach us.”  Join us and hear today’s youth explain their predictions for learning in the future as they present their projects from the Classroom of the Future Exhibition.  Which of their ideas will we point to 50 years from now?  Tickets are free, but capacity is limited.  Go to www.ticketmaster.com in advance to reserve your ticket. 

If you are unable to attend, go to the Next Fifty Global Channel (seattlecenter.com) later to watch the recorded broadcast.

Playhouse/INTIMAN    Exhibit opens 6:30PM, Youth Presentations 7:30PM

Classroom of the Future Exhibition (August 1 – 30)

Partnered with League of Education Voters

We asked youth to predict where, what, how and with whom people will learn in the future.  This exhibition showcases their ideas about physical space, technology, curriculum, and the student/teacher relationship.  

Playhouse/INTIMAN, Fridays – Sundays, 12 Noon – 5PM, FREE

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Next 50 Film Series & Discussion on Education

Films and post-film discussions that examine the relationship of learning, passion and purpose in our society. 

  • CHOPS (Aug 8 ) -  Synopsis: Each year Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, a competition of the absolute best high school jazz bands from across the country. Inspired by the entire community of jazz musicians, the students humbly recognize the honor of carrying on the legacy of the masters. Discussion: What inspires kids to do amazing things? What learning environments are most conducive to extraordinary achievement? What activities should we be steering kids toward in our curricula?

 

  • HAPPY (Aug 15) – Synopsis: Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.  Discussion: What is the purpose of schooling? How can schools leverage social and emotional well-being into greater academic achievement? What is the role of the emerging field of positive psychology on education policy?

 

  • FINDING JOE (Aug 22) – Synopsis: An exploration of Joseph Campbell’s studies dubbed The Hero’s Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. FINDING JOE shows how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential today and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life—or as Campbell would state, how to “follow your bliss.”  Discussion: In what ways can Campbell’s philosophy be applied to education? What might “follow your bliss” look like in school? How can we make school a place that explicitly teaches students to face their fears?

 

  • THE LOTTERY (Aug 29) -  Synopsis: In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, THE LOTTERY uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year for charter schools and the chance of a better future. Discussion: What might be an effective strategy moving forward in educating socioeconomically disadvantaged young people? What is an appropriate role for charter schools? Why has change proven to be so difficult and what steps can be taken to overcome these challenges?

Series happens at SIFF Film Center at 7pm each night. 

Admission is free, but capacity is limited.  Email RSVPLearning@seattlecenter.org in advance to reserve your seat.

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Education in the Next 50

Sponsored by Committee for Children.

National leaders whose work shapes new ideas in education discuss:  What is the future we hope to realize for our children 50 years from now?  What are the skills today’s children need in order to become the architects of a better world tomorrow? How are new advances in areas such as technology and brain research opening up exciting new pathways for teaching and learning? How will we make innovations in education meaningful and accessible to all children in the Next 50? How will the investments we make in educating very young children today profoundly affect our community – for better or for worse – in the next 50 years?

 Presenters:

  • Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., Creative Director of Social Chocolate, Director of Game Research and Development at Institute for the Future, best-selling author of Reality is Broken, named by The New York Times as one of 10 scientists with the best vision for what’s coming next.
  • Milton Chen, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of Edutopia/The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Director of Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • Roger Weissberg, Ph.D., Psychology Professor at University of Illinois and CEO of Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL) 

 Moderator:

 $10 Student/Educator, $16 General Admission, $37 Premium Seating/Post-Event Reception (prices include taxes and fees). Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.  If you are unable to attend, go to the Next Fifty Global Channel (seattlecenter.com) later to watch the recorded broadcast.   [3 clock hours available.  Register with Antioch University on-site.  $1.50/clock hour check or cash.]

 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, August 16, 7:00PM

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People * Passion * Purpose(P3): A Learning Odyssey

The P3 Project was born of the sense that learning and education have become out of sync with one another.  With education often pointed to as a means to success, the Learning Committee questioned who defines success and how that influences learning. So we devised an experiment that the community could collectively observe and explore.  The P3 project asked 25 people, of all ages and from all walks of life, to intentionally pursue their passion for 9 months.  We paired these 25 Voyagers with 25 Guides (mentors) to support them as they challenged their assumptions, imagined new possibilities, and had the courage to expand beyond who they are to learn and grow.  The P3 participants offer us a window not only into how we learn, and how we support learning in our community, but how important an individual sense of passion and purpose is to achieving fulfillment, productivity and success.  Learn more about the project and the participants at www.thenextfifty.org/p3project

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