This time in history may be the best chance to look at school in a whole new way.

Online school could provide kids choice in what they learn to do, and they can learn by doing, at last.

Educational visionary Roger Schank, Ph.D., and his Socratic Arts colleagues are offering a free online course to help K-12 teachers design effective online learning programs centered on learning by doing and skill development in areas of children's interests.

In this course, you will:


Define Your Course

Think through what you want to teach, questioning what makes a good course.

Schools have outlined a curriculum, but maybe it's wrong.


Position Your Course

Develop a high-level direction for your course with a focus on what students will learn to do.

The focus will be on doing, and what kids want to learn to do.


Plan Your Course

Plan your online course; one for kids who are interested in it.

It might not appeal to every child in your class, but you may reach kids around the world.

This course is not for everyone. We're seeking educators who:

  • Are frustrated with what they're teaching, or are open and flexible to changing not only how they teach, but what they teach - possibly down to the subject-domain level.
  • Are not beholden to common core standards (or believe they can retrofit a great course to those standards after the fact).
  • Want to put in effort toward developing an online, authentic, learning-by-doing experience that will teach students useful skills.


  • The first session is for K-12 only.
  • Sessions for other audiences will be added soon, please apply!

Course Logistics

  • First Course: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Day/Time: Tues/Thurs 10-11:30 AM ET
  • Location: Zoom
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