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October 20, 2011: Webinar – Cultivating the Creative Learner

October 20, 2011 in Blog Post | Comments (0)


10/20/2011 Webinar: Cultivating the Creative Learner

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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.

Oklahoma Creativity Forum 2011 & NCN Meeting

October 12, 2011 in Blog Post | Comments (0)

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Dear Friends of the National Creativity Network,

Creative Oklahoma would like to invite you to join us for an exciting event on November 1st in Norman, Oklahoma — the Oklahoma Creativity Forum 2011!   Please find more information on the line up of speakers at

We have several NCN partners speaking on a variety of subjects including:  Peter Gamwell, Jean Hendrickson, and Dan Hunter. Additionally, on Monday, October 31st, we will have an informal afternoon gathering of any National Creativity Network interested parties to discuss assessment and tracking the growth of creative industries in the US.  This afternoon session, “Navigating the Creative Economy: Is There Value in a National Definition?” will be from 2 – 5 pm and facilitated by Christine Harris of Creative Milwaukee Alliance. The purpose of the NCN event will be to understand the scope of how the creative industries are being defined across the country.

Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites Norman-Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma, a short 15-minute cab ride from the Oklahoma City Will Rogers airport.
We will also have a special a informal social gathering for out of town guests and speakers the evening of the 31st.

Please sign up for the Forum at:

Click here to book hotel rooms at the Embassy up until next Friday, October 18th.  

Hope to see you there!