What Can I Do as a Teacher?

“The adoption of a partnership model in both schools and the larger society is essential for human life to flourish.” - Nel Noddings, noted Stanford University Professor of education

As a K-12 educator, you are aware of the urgent need for a deep reassessment of what and how we are teaching our children. Partnership education is an integrative approach that puts the joy back into education for teachers and students. In Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century, Riane Eisler provides a cohesive and compelling guide to creating the proactive education children need to achieve their highest potentials both academically and personally.

Based on three decades of original research and the work of many leading educators, Tomorrow's Children is not just one more add-on to existing methods and curricula. It applies the partnership model to education from kindergarten to twelfth grade and beyond, providing practical guidance for educators, parents, and students.

Resources for K-12 Educators

View and download Partnership Education teaching guides:

Summary of key concepts in the Partnership Education model
Synopsis of Eisler's Tomorrow's Children written by Ron Miller, founding editor of Holistic Education Review and Paths of Learning
Partnership Guide to Teaching in the Humanities
Partnership Guide to Teaching for Racial Justice

Learn More and Share:

Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century, by Riane Eisler
Partnership Education in Action: Companion to Tomorrow's Children, edited by Dee Buccarelli and Sarah Pirtle
Educating for a Culture of Peace, edited by Riane Eisler and Ron Miller
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky (Harper, 2010)
Trust the child: how the Montessori philosophy reflects Partnership values CPS blog post by Sheryl Morris

Further Readings on Partnership Education:

A Day in the Life of a Partnership School by Karen Davis-Brown
Partnership Education in the 21st Century published in Encounter Magazine 2002
Reclaiming Our Humanity: Partnership Education by Riane Eisler
From Tomorrow’s Children: Partnership Education
A Successful Partnership High School: Report by Dr. Lisa S. Johnson
What I’m Learning About Partnership Education by John Creger
COVID/Racial Justice High School Curriculum by Frank Matthews

Partnership Education and Montessori

The vision of Maria Montessori is in many ways a precursor 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, including a 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. The goal was to explore 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.

K-12 Teachers Professional Development

K-12 teachers can earn CEUs or credits for their participation in any CPS event in The World We Want professional development self-design course through The Heritage Institute. Contact Ann Amberg to learn more.