CIIS Graduate Studies

Register for the online course co-taught by Riane Eisler and Susan Carter at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)!

Build a career, earn a graduate degree with a focus on Partnership, or simply take a class studying with Riane Eisler and masters and Ph.D. students from around the globe!

At the California Institute of Integral Studies, you can earn an online MA in Transformative Leadership and take this course with Riane Eisler and Susan Carter. (CIIS also offers an online PhD in Transformative Studies):

Focused on building each student's individual capacity for leadership, this program helps participants articulate their own vision and philosophy and apply their learning in life and work. The program is ideal for individuals looking for an opportunity to explore what is truly meaningful to them, and develop the skills to make their vision a reality. Personal growth takes place in our committed, online community of learners, which connects colleagues around the world for a truly global perspective.

Our alumni apply their knowledge in such fields as non-profit organizations, education, broadcasting, and municipal government to consulting.

The faculty are nationally and internationally known as authors, researchers and change agents. Working with them through coursework and a capstone project, students cultivate their own abilities to think strategically and reframe issues, relate flexibly across cultures and differences of opinion, reflect on the roles and responsibilities of leaders, and envision and implement change.

For More Information

Mayra Cortez, Program Manager
(415) 474-6173, email Mayra

To Register

Melanie Natividad
(415) 575-6246, email Melanie

For teachers and students, school administrators, teacher development program directors and facilitators, university professors, parents and families, homeschoolers, community service providers, and policy makers.

Partnership education empowers young people to make thoughtful choices by offering them alternative experiences, environments, and narratives. Partnership education offers an integrative approach that puts the joy back into education for teachers and students. Based on the ideas outlined by Riane Eisler in Tomorrow's Children, partnership education helps students achieve their highest potentials both academically and personally. To educators and parents working to transform educational systems worldwide, we offer the following resources on partnership education.

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Other Writings

High Schools and Colleges

Nova High School
The Nova School, a public charter high school in Seattle Washington, is a partnership educational development public school site. They have strengthened the partnership elements in their school and developed new curriculum materials that can be used by other schools.

California Institute of Integral Studies
Partnership education is also being used in universities and other organizations. At the California Institute of Integral Studies, you can earn an online MA in Transformative Leadership with a Partnership focus and study with Riane Eisler. CIIS also offers an online PhD in Transformative Studies.

Montessori and Partnership Education

The vision of Maria Montessori is a precursor in many ways to partnership education. This is why many Montessori schools and institutes have been utilizing Tomorrow’s Children and integrating its resources into their classrooms. For example, Eisler keynoted the American Montessori general conference in New Orleans and the Montessori Foundation has held several symposia, such as the one described below.

2005 Symposium on Montessori Education & the Partnership Way
“Tomorrow's Children-Tomorrow's Schools” was sponsored by The Montessori Foundation and The Center for Partnership Studies and facilitated by Riane Eisler, Jonathan Wolf, and Tim Seldin at The Asilomar Center, Pacific Grove, California on April 21-24, 2005
The symposium followed the inaugural conference launching the Montessori Center for Partnership Education. Our goal was to take some small first steps exploring how best to expand, update, and generally enrich our schools through a melding of Montessori and Partnership Education.
Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation, spoke on how Riane Eisler’s work in partnership theory, and its application to education, provides Montessori education with a thoroughly documented and intellectually rigorous framework for explaining the underpinning foundation of Montessori philosophy and practice. It provides a lens for analyzing all areas of life and society, as well as a rich array of specific materials and information.

Dr. Eisler’s work begun in her book Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century *link to this book in bookstore offers tremendous resources that we can use to update and enhance Montessori’s Cosmic Curriculum (integrated studies in cosmology, biological evolution, human cultures incorporating history, geography, economics, anthropology, science, literature, philosophy, psychology, political science, the arts, and other disciplines).

The overarching framework for the study of human cultures of the partnership/domination continuum developed by Eisler is a powerful tool that our children can use throughout their lives. Once understood by teachers, the partnership model and the dominator model can serve to empower children with a new analytical lens that offers greater clarity and a richer sense of human possibilities (their own and that of us all).
Eisler's work is not only parallel but completely in tune with Maria Montessori’s view of education and the child. It too spans evolution as a gateway to a better understanding of ourselves, from prehistory to our present and potential future. Its vision of education is as a mean of ensuring the realization of our highest human potentials and empowering us to be active co-creators of our future..
Our goal for the Montessori Center for Partnership Education is that it will offer:

  1. A way of updating and enhancing our Montessori Curriculum, especially at the elementary and secondary level.
  2. A way of strengthening the partnership structure of Montessori schools as well as the relations among children, guides, parents, staff and others in the school as well as community by using the lens of the domination and partnership models to evaluate and where necessary change.
  3. A tool that can be used in Montessori teacher education in the spiritual preparation of the adults.
  4. A way of explaining Montessori philosophy that is rigorously documented and convincing.
  5. Even beyond this, Montessori schools, which already incorporate so many aspects of Partnership Education, are the most logical partners to take Dr. Eisler’ elegant intellectual framework and refine it into a form that can be readily shared with non-Montessori trained educators and incorporate in whole or in part in non-Montessori schools that are seriously interested in real educational reform.
    By becoming proficient in Partnership Education, we can explain everything that is the foundation of our Montessori educational ideas better to ourselves and to the world, and take these ideas further using both a larger conceptual social framework and sound knowledge that has accumulated in the century since Montessori’s brilliant contribution was first operationalized.