March 14th, 2012
03:12 PM ET

Coming up on 'The Next List': Blue School

Matt Goldman, Chris Wink, and Phil Stanton are best known for originating the international entertainment phenomenon, Blue Man Group. They founded Blue School with their wives as a parent-run playgroup in 2006 in answer to their struggles of finding an institution that celebrated curiosity, creativity, and a sense of adventure for their own children.

Since then, the founders have grown the concept exponentially, engaging a number of respected professionals on their advisory board including Sir Ken Robinson, an educational reform advocate, David Rockwell, a renowned architect who built the Imagination Playground, and Dan Siegel, a neuroscientist, among others.

Blue School’s foundation is based in part on utilizing a “co-constructive approach” to learning in which the students have a hand in directing and developing their own curriculum through inquiry and exploration.

In 2010, Blue School acquired the former Seamen’s Church Institute building in the South Street Seaport of Manhattan. With the help of architect David Rockwell, it was remodeled into a state-of-the-art school featuring flexible space plans and community areas flooded with light, presently accommodating children from two years old up through the third grade.

As a lab school, Blue School is blazing a trail in education and plans to encourage further innovation through an Educators Institute where they can develop the “Blue” method further, share it, and ultimately build upon it well beyond the scope of the original concept.

Tune into CNN Sunday at 2 p.m. ET to see the full 30-minute profile on Blue School.  Please Follow us, Like us, and check out our photos!

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