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The Story Behind Sparkitivity’s Redesign
March 15, 2018

You know that feeling after you have an invigorating swim in a cool summer lake? Or get … Read More

Four Ways to Make Boring Meetings Better with the Torrance Incubation Model
March 12, 2018

Meetings are boring and unproductive by definition. That’s not just my opinion. Executives feel that … Read More

How Do You Practice Creativity?
March 1, 2018

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to lead workshops on creativity and innovation for truly incredible … Read More

Preparing Students to Thrive: The Creativity Cohort Approach to Leading Grassroots Innovative Change
February 16, 2018

In six months they would break ground on a new building that included classrooms, a … Read More

Helping Schools Unlock Time to Individualize Learning
February 13, 2018

“What we need to do is relieve the teacher of all but teaching work. Then … Read More

Making School and Life Better With Just One Question
February 8, 2018

A few months ago, I had the privilege of giving a TED (like) talk in … Read More

Leading Creative Teams Can Be Like Herding Tigers. Todd Henry Helps Us Do It Well
January 16, 2018

Creative leaders use their own creative thinking to draw out the creativity of their subordinates. … Read More

“Creativity for Everybody” Helps Middle School Students Begin the Year With Positive Self-Concepts
January 11, 2018

This is a guest post by Karina Olsen, sixth-grade teaching apprentice at an independent school … Read More

Should We All Take Note When Silicon Valley Parents Opt Out of Schools with Tech?
January 3, 2018

Many of us want our kids to be fully engaged in learning, to keep up … Read More

Creativity Rises From the Ashes: A Love Letter to Ojai After the Thomas Fire
December 17, 2017

Photo by Gail Peterson by Kathryn Haydon If you watch the national news, you may … Read More

Can Makers Make Money as Entrepreneurs?
December 14, 2017

There’s a difference between the daily rhythms that successful managers must maintain and the daily … Read More

5 Ways to Support Creative Strengths and Have Fun Doing It
December 3, 2017

We live in a fix-it world and like homing pigeons we are trained to return … Read More

On Gratitude: Thank You for Reading This Post
November 18, 2017

The following is an excerpt from an early draft of Kathryn Haydon’s upcoming book. We … Read More

Facilitating Creative Thinking Through Experiential Learning
November 8, 2017

Guest post by Dr. Iman Rasti, middle school English and humanities teacher at Rippowam Cisqua … Read More

Futurist Kevin Kelly Reveals the Superskill of the Future
November 3, 2017

We all want to thrive in life—to be healthy, happy contributing members of our communities. … Read More

How Belly Dancing Can Help Slow Learners
October 28, 2017

I am not a dancer. I don’t seek out dance classes because it is hard … Read More

What’s in a Pitch?
October 10, 2017

Guest post by Emily Hyland, fourth-grade teacher at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York. … Read More

Spotlight Interview with Kathryn Haydon
September 22, 2017

Guest Post by Jocelyn Tejeda Ever wonder how creativity can reform education? If so, just … Read More

Teaching History, Building Empathy With the Torrance Incubation Model
September 21, 2017

Photo: John Brown’s Fort (The Old Fire House), Harper’s Ferry, WV by Noel Benadom via … Read More

Why Robots Will Only Partially Take Over Teachers’ Jobs and Why They’ll Actually Love It
July 18, 2017

Fearing the Robots Last fall I was participating in a workshop for teachers on the … Read More

How Parents and Teachers Can Be More Fulfilled
June 17, 2017

The other day I was talking with a friend, a mom who has for years … Read More

Three Keys to Unlock Your Thinking
May 24, 2017

Have you ever thought about thinking? Can you describe what it means to think? Most … Read More

When You Say You’re Not Creative…
February 28, 2017

When you say you’re not creative, you inadvertently perpetuate a myth. The myth that a … Read More

“Science is Boring”
December 12, 2016

One of my students, a highly creative second grader, declared, “Science is horrible. It is … Read More

What the Cubs’ Epic World Series Win Can Teach Us About Parenting
November 19, 2016

Celebration and Leadership After 108 long years, the whole world was paying attention as the … Read More

Creative Thinking: Key to Your Child’s Happiness and Success
November 16, 2016

You know what an audio recording is, right? Well, a graphic recording is a similar … Read More

How Brainstorming Can Make Your Family’s Summer Vacation (and Life) Rock!
June 5, 2016

As a parent, have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of experts? I … Read More

Please Thank a Teacher for Doing What This Teacher Does
May 5, 2016

Alan Harvey is an educator-gem. You know the ones I’m talking about: the teachers that … Read More

Creativity for Everybody Reviewed by QRCA Views Magazine
May 4, 2016

Creativity for Everybody took the spotlight in the Spring 2016 issue of QRCA’s (Qualitative Research … Read More

Why Teachers Need Parent Input: Taking the Long View on a Child’s Education
March 22, 2016

Parents are the Experts on Their Own Kids While the importance of parental influence on … Read More

The Importance of Parents in Education
February 27, 2016

It boils down to the little things—and we find that those little things are really … Read More

This is What Happens When Kids’ Creative Strengths Are Leveraged
February 8, 2016

  “Motivating, inspiring, and hard.”  These are the words that my former student turned entrepreneur, … Read More

Lessons on Creativity and Innovation from Sextet eighth blackbird
January 20, 2016

Last night, I attended an astounding premier program performed at Carnegie Hall by my favorite … Read More

Engaging Students With Visual Notetaking
January 7, 2016

Check out this great article on visual thinking & graphic note-taking from French education blog … Read More

What to Do If They Say Your Kindergartener Needs a Tutor
December 29, 2015

If your creative, imaginative child is not connecting with reading and writing letters and words … Read More

Book Review: Creativity for Everybody
November 29, 2015

  We recently received the following review from Kayla Tanksley, a college student at SUNY-Buffalo, … Read More

Why Creative Thinkers are Like Natural-Born Soccer Players
November 18, 2015

The extraordinary and important-for-life thinking skills of creative children often go unrecognized and therefore unsupported. … Read More

How Teachers Change Lives: Inspiring Stories About Teachers Shared by Teachers
November 15, 2015

When we are giving workshops at schools and conferences, we often hear inspiring stories from … Read More

Have More Fun Parenting by Supporting Creative Thinking
October 14, 2015

Supporting your child’s original ideas leads to growth in problem solving skills, deeper parent-child interactions, … Read More

The Dot: Sparking Creativity in Classrooms Worldwide
September 17, 2015

One book has sparked a movement that is creating a worldwide network of like-minded adults … Read More

What People Are Saying: Creativity for Everybody
September 13, 2015

  “Groundbreaking new book!” — The Bedford Record-Review “The more hands we can get Creativity … Read More

Student Stories: Beth
August 14, 2015

Beth is a high-IQ, highly creative child. She mastered her academic work in grade school, but … Read More

Juggling Unique Learners’ Needs
July 13, 2015

A teacher’s quick differentiation effort sparks deeper learning, engagement.

What Students Want
June 2, 2015

Teacher empathy supports student growth, confidence.

PRESS RELEASE: Creativity for Everybody, New Book on Creative Thinking, Released This Month
June 1, 2015

  New book seeks to make creativity accessible to all Creativity for Everybody by Kathryn … Read More

Student Stories: Jacob
May 7, 2015

Jacob tested at a young age fairly average on intelligence tests.  But he had a … Read More

Engaging Contrarians: Tricksters and Blue Man Group
April 15, 2015

In the 21st century, the tricksters’ strengths are essential for solving problems. We need strategies … Read More

Meaning: The Essential Piece of the School Puzzle
February 27, 2015

Like all of us, kids are searching for purpose in their lives. Each time they … Read More

Student Stories: Nathan
January 2, 2015

Nathan is a highly creative student who also tested high on IQ tests, but in … Read More

The Nurturing Parent and the Nurturing Teacher
October 8, 2014

One way that educators can practice Nurturing Teaching is by allowing students to be part … Read More

Open Letter to Adults from a Highly Creative Child
July 29, 2014

A highly creative child who is often misunderstood responds productively to adult comments, and provides … Read More

Torrance Levels of Learning and Naturally Creative Thinkers
June 1, 2014

For many students, especially those who are highly creative, the opportunity to consistently create, innovate, … Read More