Nishant Mehta: Remembering to Play
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Nishant Mehta is Head of School at The Children’s School (TCS) in Midtown Atlanta. He was instrumental in shaping a making a space at the school called the Innovator’s Playground. He took this idea to Maker Faire Atlanta, and for the first time a maker space was created there specifically for elementary students.
Nishant also developed TCS University, a personal and professional development institute to further lifelong learning in parents and educators. TCS University promotes focus on learning through innovative play and cultivating passion. He also launched the Super Teacher Project encouraging TCS faculty and staff to apply for grants to further explore creativity and curiosity in teaching methods
Nishant has worked extensively with the National Association for Independent Schools, including serving on the Curriculum/Technology Task Force. He is a regular speaker and a member of the Board of Trustees (former member) at the Lowell School in Washington DC and the Asheville School in Asheville, NC.
Nishant talked about why he chose a career in education, and of the many lessons he learned that have relevance – and importance – to adults, including:
- We are all learners all the time, but it’s too easy for adults to forget that;
- Play is important for adults as well as children: it is important in cultivating curiosity and creativity;
- It’s important to really listen and allow space for people to talk: this is more than “my door is always open” and requires intentionality of when, where and how.
You can contact Nishant on Twitter at @NishantMehta and you can find out more about him nd the Children’s School at The Children’s School website.
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This is episode 49