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 for the CPS process in working with youth.
  • Experience creativity exercises for the modern teaching environment through observation, participation, and discussion.

Educating for Creativity – Level II

This advanced course is designed specifically for people working with kids in any capacity who want to deepen their understanding of how to bring creativity to life in their work with students. Based on developmental theory, you’ll learn ways to provide structure for freedom (designing lessons, giving directions, imagining outcomes, creating spaces), interventions (when to tighten, when to release, using small and large group dynamics), and how to know when to do what. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process, basic Design Thinking, and recent research on curriculum design that will enhance your abilities to teach creative thinking skills.

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 the CPS model, as it relates to your facilitation style and the environment in which you work.

In this course you will:

  • Discover, discuss and practice the CPS and Design Thinking process.
  • Identify practical uses for the CPS process in working with youth.
  • Adapt and design creativity experiences for your own environment.

Prerequisites: C21CC (Creativity in the 21st Century Classroom)

CEF YouthWise ™

The CEF YouthWise™ Program teaches young people creative thinking and the creative problem solving process. This program is taught at CPSI in June, concurrent to the main conference. The focus is on how to use these skills and ideas to make a positive difference in their own lives, their communities, and the world. The following briefly outlines the curriculum content and outcomes within the program.

  • Developing Personal Creativity: Individually identify ways you see yourself as creative and ways you would like to expand your creativity.
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Learn the steps of the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) model. Deepen your understanding of CPS by facilitating others in using the process. (We learn more when we teach something to others.)
  • Effective Communication: Learn about how to communicate in a way that facilitates other people’s learning and understanding.
  • Leadership Development: Identify and use the skills of facilitation by leading others through the CPS process.
  • Application of Learning: Participants will use the CPS process in their own lives – in meeting challenges, as well as in planning and completing school projects.

Innovators to Educators Event: 12 Lessons Learned

On November 2, 2013, the Creative Education Foundation brought together 13 innovators (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a media savvy baker) and asked what they would urge educators and parents to do to best develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers?

Twelve insights emerged from our Innovators to Educators event.

Read the article at The Creativity Post: How to Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators.