Category Archives: Education

Lobman introduces Newman/Holzman to hundreds of educators and psychologists in Brazil

  At the invitation of longtime colleagues Fernanda Liberali, Cecelia Magalhaes and MuriloMocheta, the Institute’s pedagogical director Carrie Lobman spent ten days in São Paolo and Maringa, Brazil, introducing social therapeutic methodology to 225 therapists, special education teachers, public school teachers and psychologists. Lobman’s tour is the latest … Continue reading

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Conversation w Peter Smagorinsky Launches ‘Making a Conceptual Revolution’ Salon

The Institute welcomed  Peter Smagorinsky, Distinguished Research Professor in English Education at the University of Georgia, to New York for a salon-style conversation with Institute director Lois Holzman and a diverse audience of invited guests.  In introducing Smagorinsky, Holzman noted: Peter has taken … Continue reading

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Raquell Holmes’ ImprovScience featured in Nature Magazine

Dr. Raquell Holmes, an International Class alumna and  cell biologist, was featured this month in the prestigious international science journal Nature in an article entitled Spontaneous Science.  Raquell’s innovative work to introduce improvisation and collaborative inquiry to the “hard sciences” is featured alongside Alan Alda’s efforts to shepherd the teaching … Continue reading

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New International Class makes first visit to NYC

The Institute welcomed its 2013-2014 International Class, which gathered in New York City for a week of whirlwind activity. The smiling faces in the photo above belong to (front row, l. to r.) Jelena Aleksic (Serbia), Ksenija Milic (Serbia), Lois Holzman (ESI director, NYC), … Continue reading

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Violence or tolerance? New book looks at conflict as opportunity for development

This just in from our International Class colleague (class of 2013) Jorge Burciaga Montoya @jorgeburciaga:  The Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez hosted a book publishing party last week for (another) International Class alumnus Miguel Cortés Vázquez (class of 2008) and co-author and colleague Teresa Almada … Continue reading

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Fulani and Massad help community develop beyond diabetes

Health care advocate Chermerdene Jordan writes in the Huffington Post this week about  Performing and Developing Beyond Diabetes – a promising, grassroots community health initiative, spearheaded by Lenora Fulani, Ph.D. and Susan Massad, M.D.  Dr. Fulani is the dean of UX, the All Stars Project’s free school of continuing development for … Continue reading

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Helping Aboriginal Kids Tell Their Stories with Video

We hear from International Class (2007) alumna, educator and creative spirit Julie Vaudrin-Charette that she recently keynoted at The International Conference on Experiential Learning in Lima, Peru, where conference-goers focused on the role of cultural diversity in experiential learning. Take a look at … Continue reading

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Summer Interns explore social therapeutics

For another productive summer, the East Side Institute and Social Therapy Group welcomed a cosmopolitan class of summer interns, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and coming from colleges in the Bronx, Massachusetts, Louisiana, the UK and Spain. Over the course the six … Continue reading

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Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist is a Classic (edition)

Twenty years after its debut, Fred Newman’s and Lois Holzman’s 1993 title, Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist, has been published by Psychology Press as a Classic Edition – i.e., among a series of psychology texts designed to present “fundamental ideas to a new generation.” The … Continue reading

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Dr. Tony Perone: Imaginative Play Is Key in Adults’ Development

Congratulations to Institute colleague, educator and performer/improviser par excellence, Tony Perone for successfully defending his doctoral thesis in May.   His dissertation—entitled The Presence and Significance of Imaginative Play in the Lives of Mexican-Americans and conducted under the supervision of Dr. Artin Goncu—earned him a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology … Continue reading

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Japanese colleagues try out performance of revolutionary conversationalists

Thirteen educators, psychologists, researchers and graduate students from universities across Japan recently completed a two-month online seminar with Lois Holzman, in which they pursued the study of performatory, developmental methodology and its Vygotskian roots. Entitled, Social Therapeutics: Breaking Through Alienation and Reinitiating Development, the course … Continue reading

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Lobman in Vilnius, Lithuania, finds kindred (play and performance) spirits

  At the invitation of faculty Milda Bredekyte and Pentti Hakkarainen, the Institute’s director of pedagogy Carrie Lobman led a week-long series of trainings on new approaches to play and performance at the Vilnius Pedagogical Institute and at an off-campus educational retreat for the Productive … Continue reading

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Syed Mizanur Rahman reports on Daffodil U. expansion in Dhaka

Here’s a report  from International Class (2007) alumnus Syed Mizanur Rahman, Director of Student Affairs and the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Daffodil International University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university recently completed construction of a permanent campus outside the city. Syed presided over the … Continue reading

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Vygotskians CHAT @ AERA Professional Development Course

Institute director of pedagogy and Rutgers University faculty Carrie Lobman co-led a professional development and training course entitled, Cultural Historical Activity Theory Methodologies in the 21st Century: The Intersections of Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. Lobman is co-Program … Continue reading

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Fulani, Holzman address subjective side of poverty @ AERA

Nearly 15,000 educational researchers gathered in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association to grapple with issues of Education and Poverty (the conference theme). A highlight of the meeting was a special presidential session organized and … Continue reading

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Jennifer Bullock and Murray Dabby: Teaching “Good Therapists” to Be Better

Atlanta Center for Social Therapy director Murray Dabby and Philadelphia Social Therapy Group director Jennifer Bullock teamed up to lead a national web-conference with about 80  clinicians — all members of the GoodTherapy.org network. Entitled, Why Group Therapy: Going From Fixing Problems to Creating Possibilities, the conversation … Continue reading

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Carrie Lobman + Tony Perone: Play Movement Is Alive and Kicking

Carrie Lobman reports @ Improvisational Learning.org on her work at the joint meetings of  The Association for the Study of Play and the International Play Association in Newark, Delaware. Teaming-up with Chicago-based improv artist and educator Tony Perone,  Carrie led a session titled, Revolutions in Play: Advocacy, Research, … Continue reading

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Holzman and Gildin to address educational innovators in Singapore

Institute director Lois Holzman and All Stars Project VP for Education Initiatives Bonny Gildin, are invited presenters at the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference in the Republic of Singapore, June 3-5, sponsored by the National Institute of Education (NIE). Holzman and Gildin will be joined by … Continue reading

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Jim Martinez brings NYIT science students to Harlem classrooms

New York Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Institute faculty Jim Martinez engineered an innovative educational program that brought 23 of his NYIT science and technology students to Harlem’s P.S. 241. His students provided professional development for the Harlem … Continue reading

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Rutgers Partners with All Stars Project to Advance Developmental Afterschool

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) announced Friday a partnership with the All Stars Project, Inc. to develop initiatives dedicated to afterschool programming. For 30 years, All Stars has opened afterschool developmental programs for youth living in urban areas across … Continue reading

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Lenora Fulani: Communities coming to learn, “we’re poor”

Institute faculty, All Stars Project co-founder and UX dean, Dr. Lenora B. Fulani led a special forum on Growing Up Poor:  Breakthroughs in Confronting the Subjective Side of Poverty.  Fulani’s presentation touched on DuBois’ concept of the “color line” and introduced her … Continue reading

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Playing with Everything

Carrie Lobman writes at ImprovisationalLearning.org about a recent Revolutionary Conversation she led, entitled: The Play Revolution: Practice, Research and Policy, which investigated what’s new and emerging in the field of play (see: John Bohannon who invites academics to replace Powerpoints with dance; Caine … Continue reading

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Chris Reyman and Sandra Paola Lopez are in2 improv

  International Class members and artists/educators Chris Reyman  and Sandra Paola López are the creators of  in2 improv, a creative arts/community building project which draws heavily on music, movement and dance to help participants discover their social connectedness. Says Reyman: We think of ourselves … Continue reading

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Lobman at All Stars Project’s Afterschool conference

Faculty Carrie Lobman reports on the smashing success of the inaugural Afterschool Growth! conference in Chicago on her blog Improvisational Learning. READ MORE Co-sponsored by the All Stars Project of Chicago and the newly formed Institute for the Study of Play, the conference brought together 125+ educators, researchers … Continue reading

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International Class graduates complete ‘developmental’ course of study

Faculty and graduates of the Institute’s 2011-2012 International Class gathered in New York City for a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of their 10-month course of study. Pictured above (back row l. to r.) Christine Helm, Andrew Burton, Kim … Continue reading

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Students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf perform “Annie”

Carrie Lobman at ImprovisationalLearning.org reports on a youth theatre performance that she attended at the invitation of colleague Anne Alexis at St Francis de Sales School for the Deaf. Anne has studied social therapeutics for years and has creatively incorporated a performance orientation … Continue reading

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Mary Fridley and Marian Rich perform how laughing matters

Marian Rich and Mary Fridley’s workshop this past weekend, Laughing Matters:  A Playful/Philosophical Approach to Creating Humor, drew 25 people interested in learning to create environments to bring more humor, laughter and lightness into their lives. (No small feat!) “We … Continue reading

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Lobman and Lowenheim Lead Symposium on Teaching Adults

Faculty Carrie Lobman, Ed.D., and Gwen Lowenheim led a symposium on Teaching Adults, attended by adult educators who teach in universities, community based organizations, language schools, hospitals and corporate education programs. Workshop participants performed as both learners and teachers in the course of … Continue reading

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Holzman and Friedman Head to Scandinavia

Lois Holzman will travel to Denmark and Sweden this week to lead a series of workshops and talks organized by colleagues in the Performing the World Community. In Copenhagen, psychologist Esben Wilstrup, a 2009 graduate of the Institute’s International Class, has … Continue reading

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How do we build the tallest tower in Ciudad Juárez?

Jorge Burciaga-Montoya, a recent graduate of the Institute’s Social Therapeutics Online Certificate Program, reports on how he’s been using playful games in his course in Networks and Community Systems at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez as part of creating a more collaborative, open learning environment. Jorge … Continue reading

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Holzman screens favorite TED Talks at UX

Everybody wanted to talk about learning environments — and how to build good ones!  Thirty-five UX students from neighborhoods across NYC joined UX Global Outreach Chair Lois Holzman for a screening of one of her favorite TED Talks by educator Sugata Mitra, entitled … Continue reading

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Scientists test the waters on improv and performance

Biologist, performance enthusiast and International Class alumna Raquell Holmes, hosted a conference at UConn Health Center at Farmington, CT, on Performance Science Education:  Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research. The multi-disciplianary happening was attended by 40 educators and grad students from the STEM … Continue reading

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Catherine Hanna leads Ugandan teacher delegation to US

Performance artist and educator Catherine Hanna, who is also a facilitator with Invisible Children’s Teacher Exchange Program led a delegation of Ugandan teachers in a month-long visit to the US.  After several days of orientation in NYC, the delegation traveled … Continue reading

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Denver’s Face Project: Young people performing their lives

The Ethnography of a Suicide.  Maddy’s a Mess.  These are titles of teen dramas appearing on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter, as well as via live performance in malls, skateboard parks, cineplexes (and other places that teens congregate) across Denver, Colorado. Created … Continue reading

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Miguel Cortés to lead Revolutionary Conversation en Español

Beginning in March, the Institute will offer its first Revolutionary Conversation en Español.  Led by youth worker, family therapist, and teacher educator, Miguel Eduardo Cortés Vázquez  the five-week online conversation —  Terapia Social en Latinoamérica – will introduce participants to how social therapeutics is being used in communities … Continue reading

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“Master Teacher…” Barbara Taylor 1922-2012

  Barbara Taylor passed away on January 6, 2012 — just five days after her 90th birthday. An impassioned educator and educational reformer, Barbara (or BT as so many called her) was a catalyst for the Institute’s work in education and youth development. Barbara … Continue reading

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Lobman chronicles year of revolutionary conversations…

Carrie Lobman’s latest post on ImprovisationalLearning.org looks back on a year brimming with Revolutionary Conversation and offers highlights from some of the 28 formal classes and workshops the Institute produced in 2011 (among them, “Breakthroughs in Youth Development” with Lenora Fulani, Pam Lewis and … Continue reading

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STEM to STEAM: Educators consider value of arts

Education Week reports in the Dec. 7 edition that some educational experts have renewed the call for adding the arts to the STEM curriculum…. STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts … Continue reading

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Holzman hosts Boys’ Towns of Italy delegation at UX

Lois Holzman, chair of Global Outreach Department at UX (the All Stars Project’s university-style development program), welcomed Dr. Porfirio Grazioli, President of the Rome-based Boys’ Towns of Italy, alumni Francesco Bassano and Carol Marcoccia, and U.S. Executive Director Carrie Sackett, on Saturday, Dec. … Continue reading

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Institute welcomes Jackie Salit for a conversation on democracy and development

The Institute’s Lois Holzman, Christine LaCerva and Rafael Mendez welcome Independent Voting’s chief political strategist, Jacqueline Salit, for a conversation “from the fringe” on politics, culture, emotionality and development. Salit is the author of the upcoming, Independents Rising. Entitled, Independent Minded: … Continue reading

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Moscow colleagues to present on children’s dialectical thinking

In December, the Institute will host two visiting scholars — Igor and Olga Shiyan, who will present on their research on children’s dialectical thinking—and contemporary Vygotskian-inspired work in the US and Russia. They will be in the US to complete a 15-year … Continue reading

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Book party celebrates publications by Lobman, O’Neill and Martinez

Friends, family and colleagues gathered on Friday, November 18, to raise a glass to celebrate the publication of two books, hot off the presses:  A Performatory Approach to Teaching, Learning and Technology, by Jaime E. (Jim) Martinez, Ph.D. and Play and … Continue reading

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Peter Nsubuga Inspires Donors at Fall Ctty Meeting and Fundraiser

International Class alumnus and Hope for Youth Uganda founder Peter Nsubuga joined director Lois Holzman and All Stars Project co-founder and UX dean Lenora Fulani as a special guest presenter at the Institute’s fall community meeting and fundraiser on Sunday, November 13. (Fulani, who is also … Continue reading

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Lois Holzman, Fred Newman and the Practice of Method (in China)

Lois Holzman returned from China, after speaking at the Third International Conference on Contemporary Capitalism Studies in Hangzhou and conducting a postgraduate seminar at Nanjing University with students in the Dept. of Philosophy and Center for Studies of Marxist Social … Continue reading

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Autistic and in the World

Carrie Lobman comments on Improvisational Learning.org on Sunday’s New York Times feature, Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World , which tells the story of Justin Canha, a young artist diagnosed with autism at age three, who was helped to find his … Continue reading

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Gildin to present at Montclair State Univ. on innovative models in after-school

The All Stars Project’s VP for Education Initiatives, Bonny Gildin, is in the third week of a new 14-week course she’s teaching at Montclair State University called “Innovations in After School Learning Environments.” On October 26, she will present to students at a conference … Continue reading

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Nov. 20th deadline for online program in social therapeutics

Applications for the 20-week, Social Therapeutics Online Certificate Program led by ESI faculty, Lois Holzman, Carrie Lobman and Christine Helm, are being accepted through November 20th. Find out more here.     “Among the topics….human development and group creativity; the enhancement … Continue reading

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This is your brain on ‘summer’ / This is your brain on ‘play!’

Carrie Lobman posts a response to a recent New York Times oped —  This is Your Brain on Summer, authored by Jeff Smink of the National Summer Learning Association, who bemoans the learning loss of elementary school students over summer vacation.  An advocate … Continue reading

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Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center: Big Thinking for America

Teacher educator and play and improvisation advocate, Carrie Lobman, attended America’s Imagination Summit in NYC last week, sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute, the education wing of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Summit activity?  “Imagination conversations” that could tap the creativity and … Continue reading

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Getting creative with teacher education

Carrie Lobman responds to a recent New York Times feature, Ed Schools’ Pedagogical Puzzle, July 21, 2011. The Times reports on the gap left by traditional teacher education programs: …Teachers already bypass traditional education degrees, entering classrooms with temporary licenses after … Continue reading

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