THE NATIONAL CREATIVITY NETWORK WEBINAR SERIES “CULTIVATING THE CREATIVE LEARNER”
The global economy is shifting to an economy of ideas and innovation. Now, America faces what Newsweek has dubbed ³the Creativity Crisis.² As the need for innovation increases, America¹s leaders are asking where the innovators are. Are we preparing our students to succeed in the new century?
Even as national consensus for the need for creativity in schools grows, the political climate for changing the education system presents a logjam. Schools have to devote more and more resources to increasing standardized test performance because the tests are the only public measurement of education.
How can we break the logjam and create incentives for schools to devote more resources to creative work and practice? How do we create a political movement on behalf of creativity in the schools?
Our three panelists provided some helpful examples of what they have done in their communities:
- Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director of Oklahoma A+ Schools® will describe how to build a school environment that uses the arts to expand the imagination and stimulates creative living.
- Dr. Peter Gamwell, Superintendent of Instruction with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, will outline the conditions and type of leadership needed to draw out individuals’ unique creative capacities and foster healthier organizational environments.
- Dan Hunter, from Hunter Higgs, will provide an update on the progress of the Creative Challenge Index in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, California and Nebraska.