UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and the Oak Grove School will offer the 6th Annual Ojai Summer Teaching Academy, a two-week intensive education program in Ojai, California, June 17 – 30. The program consists of two distinct yet complementary weeklong sessions and participants may choose to join one or both sessions. The program will provide grounding for both new educators and renewal for veterans in the educational field.
The Teaching Academy consists of two complementary weeklong courses “Re-envisioning Education” and “The Art, Science and Craft of Teaching and Learning” that revisit fundamental questions in education, while practically and experientially embedding this inquiry in concrete teaching-learning situations. Each session provides a course with opportunities for educators to review and reflect upon their teaching or administrative practices and to envision new and coherent alternatives. The Academy’s pedagogy is aimed at developing an inquiry based, self-generative, constructivist ethos, in a contemplative setting of mutual respect, self understanding and shared learning. Courses are credited by UCSB Extension (4 units per course).
For more info and an online application: http://goo.gl/7I0VA
The program will be facilitated by Gopal Krishnamurthy (coordinator) and Karen Hesli (co-coordinator). Gopal Krishnamurthy has been a teacher for 18 years, teaching in India, the UK, and the USA. He has taught a variety of subjects including physics, mathematics, geography, environmental studies, philosophy, drama, and Indian classical music, at high school, middle school and college levels. Krishnamurthy has spent most of his life since the age of 4 as a student and teacher at the Krishnamurti schools. He is currently a PhD student in Education at the University of California Santa Barbara; his research interests include teacher development, classroom observation and J.Krishnamurti’s educational philosophy.
Karen Hesli has worked in education for 40 years. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1970, she taught middle school and conducted human relations training for teachers during the desegregation of Minneapolis Public Schools throughout the 1970s. Inspired by the profound implications of J. Krishnamurti’s writings and talks on the nature of mind and the art of learning, she visited the K schools in India and England, and moved to Ojai in 1980. Since then she has held various teaching and administrative positions at the Oak Grove School and is currently a board member of the school, a trustee of the KFA, and a part-time teacher with middle school students.
[Gopal Krishnamurthy is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo caption: A previous year's Ojai Teaching Academy cohort.