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Creative Education Foundation and Georgetown Public Schools: The Case for Creativity

Dr. Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Georgetown Public Schools Beth Miller, Executive Director, Creative Education Foundation As we have all seen, the marketplace and workplace is changing at breakneck speed. We are not now preparing our students for this fast-changing workplace. Indeed, it isn’t just that we need to prepare our children for a changing marketplace; we have to train them to be the inventors of it. According to Forbes, in the coming years, young people can expect to change jobs 15-20 times and have as many as 7 careers. The US Department of Labor predicts that 65% of students will become adults holding jobs that don’t even exist yet, and that those jobs will be in Big Data, Nano science, 3-D printing, and advanced robotics. Creative Problem Solving (CPS) training provides learners at all levels with the skill set, tool set, and mindset to regularly and effectively engage in deliberate creativity. CPS creates nimble thinkers who are able to learn from incremental failures without despairing, while simultaneously increasing their tolerance and comfort with ambiguity. Students trained in Creative Problem Solving will create the intellectually fluent and innovative workplace that we need to negotiate and succeed in the […]

Georgetown Public High School and Creativity Curriculum

“We are always told what to do, so I liked having permission to be wild and crazy, “ said Ethan, a Georgetown High School student. With teachers trained by the Creative Education Foundation (CEF), students taking creativity classes at Georgetown High School experienced the inspiration garnered by Creative Problem Solving (CPS). Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, CEF has partnered with Georgetown Public High School (GHS) to help teachers develop their creativity unit. This partnership included teachers’ attendance at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) in 2014 and 2015, as well as on-site creativity curriculum development and training. GHS teacher Elizabeth Marchetti, said that going to CPSI 2015 “really solidified the on-site creativity training we got in the Spring.” With the support of long-time creative education expert Donna Milani Luther, Georgetown teachers deepened their existing creativity curriculum, which was customized to their students’ particular creative process challenges. Students also shared the principles of CPS that most resonated with them. Grace likes the idea of coming up with many ideas. “Deferring judgment” resonated with May and helped her feel safe when sharing ideas. Kyle echoed Nathan in liking being “wild and crazy” while ideating, and […]

Youth Education (K-12)

CEF trains educators in Creative Problem Solving (CPS) so they can bring deliberate creativity to their schools, classrooms, and students. We provide intensive teacher training in CPS at our annual conference, the Creative Problem Solving Institute, and CPSI’s YouthWise program provides CPS training to youth ages 7-17. If you are interested in these exciting initiatives, please contact us. Educating for Creativity – Level I This introductory course is a fast track to a deliberate creativity process that will help educators, youth leaders, or administrators transform your work with kids. Utilizing experiential activities, we will discover the power of creativity in ourselves and how to apply it with students, all in the context of developmental theory. We will explore recent brain research in teaching and learning that will enhance your abilities to teach creatively. Your experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you a thorough, working knowledge of what creativity is and why we should apply it to work environments with students. In this course you will: Discover the uniqueness of your own creativity. Understand the meaning and applications of creativity in a variety of contexts. Identify practical uses […]