Educator Professional Development

Sparkitivity

Do you want your teachers to integrate high-level creative thinking into the curricula they already teach?

Choose Workshop #1:
Minds-On Learning in Every Classroom

Hands-on learning is a bit of a misnomer. What really engages students and sparks their growth is “minds-on” learning, when their highest-level thinking skills are ignited and in operation.

Participants will:

  • pinpoint your own creative thinking strengths and learn to spot them in students
  • use the Torrance Incubation Model to make your lessons “minds-on”
  • serve as a think tank for colleagues
  • learn to tweak your assessments to spark individual student growth

This full-day immersive experience is designed to motivate your faculty through applied, meaningful learning that supports their best work.

Do your teachers need easy strategies to teach students to think creatively and personalize their learning?

Choose Workshop #2:
Power Up Learning with Cognitive Creativity

Teachers of all levels and subjects will find their thinking sparked during this active workshop. Each participant will walk away with several structures to develop student cognitive creativity skills like fluency, flexibility, abstract reasoning, and elaboration. Activities can be quickly and easily plugged into lesson plans across subject areas and grade levels.

Participants will:

  • build your own cognitive creativity skills through energizing activities
  • apply activities directly to your own curricula to help students develop key thinking skills
  • learn easy strategies to ask powerful questions that take your lessons to the next level

This full-day immersive experience is designed to motivate your faculty through applied, meaningful learning that supports their best work.

Does your school need a new approach to teacher-student relationships, understanding a broad spectrum of learners, and mitigating behavior issues?

Choose Workshop #3:
Using Creative Strengths for Better Teaching, Learning, and Teacher-Student Relationships

The number one key to student learning is positive relationships with teachers. To create them we need a new lens to understand our students’ positive core–even in the face of behavior issues, deficits, and time constraints. This workshop is highly relevant for classroom teachers, advisors, parents, and administrators, and can help develop a truly growth-oriented school culture.

Participants will learn to:

  • identify and reflect on their own creative strengths
  • spot creative strengths in students
  • recognize atrophied creative strengths when they show up as behavior issues, inattention, anxiety, etc.
  • teach students to spot and activate their own creative strengths
  • use Sparkitivity’s Catalyst Framework to facilitate student turnarounds

This full-day immersive experience is designed to motivate your faculty through applied, meaningful learning that supports their best work.

Would you like your faculty to enhance their best teaching practices to attain the deepest levels of student engagement and critical and creative thinking?

Grassroots Innovative Change

A new, in-depth approach to professional development and lasting creative culture.

Lasting change starts with a strong leader with a vision who is willing to take the long view and build from the ground up, to create a culture that incorporates practices and processes that support creative thinking at all levels. We always begin by assessing your goals and needs. Then we conduct key stakeholder interviews and develop a customized approach that builds on the strengths of your school’s people and culture. See how one school did it using the cohort approach.