« Whole Child Institute: Teaching For Creativity

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We will begin with a morning session led by Cindy Foley titled Making Creativity Visible; Rethinking Schools as Centers for Creativity. Cindy is the Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art and a well-known expert on developing creative thinking. See one of Cindy’s Ted Talks.

In the afternoon, invited educators from schools in Virginia will share experiences, strategies, programs and ideas for supporting students’ creative thinking skills.

* Cindy Foley believes we need to rethink the purpose of education. She will make a case that our future depends on developing learners that think like artists -learners who are creative, curious, that seek questions, develop ideas, and play. The concept of creativity is challenging for many. Antiquated and unhealthy clichés still dominate. Even those of us who foster creativity and know when it is happening in our classrooms still struggle to define, articulate the specific skills and make the process visible to key stakeholders as well as our students. This presentation will help us with that research, language, and case making as well as unravel the key behaviors and dispositions our students will need for future success.