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The Transformative Learning Foundation


Prapanna Smith

University of California, San Diego and California State University, Joint Doctorate Program, Ed.D. 2010

Prapanna worked and studied at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education from 1998 to 2001. He returned to the U.S. and founded and led the Center for Integral Education and the Rainbow Kids School in the San Diego area. He completed his doctoral studies in 2010, with the dissertation entitled “Psychosocial Learning Environments and the Mediating Effect of Personal Meaning upon Satisfaction with Education.”


  • University of Redlands, M.A. 1997
  • California State University, San Bernardino, B.A. 1984


Prapanna lives in 

Murphys, California


SDGI Courses

PM 519 Integral Education: Theory and Practice (3 credits)

In this course learners explore the theoretical framework and the practical components of an Integral Education program founded on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. The course focuses on “the principles of true teaching” and “Free Progress education.” Given these conceptual contexts, learners consider the relationships between theory and practice, the teacher and the student, and teaching and learning. Learners investigate several examples of Integral Education schools. Learners explore how to incorporate Integral Education concepts and methods into their own practice so they can implement meaningful, learner-centered program components in their own school.



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