“The role of educators in the 21st century should be helping every student learn how to learn. It’s inspiring, creativity, encouraging collaboration, expecting, and rewarding critical thinking, and teaching children not only how to communicate, but also the power of effective communication. These are skills students need to develop in order to thrive in todaysand tomorrow’s dynamic workplace.” ~Hallerman, et al., 2019
“While it is critical that all children receive the support necessary to read at least at grade level, students who have achieved this goal must be challenged to continue developing advanced proficiencies. We would be remiss if we failed to make appropriate provisions to at-risk readers. We are equally remiss if we do not offer appropriate instructional differences that respond to the needs of gifted learners” ~ Dr. Bertie Kingore, 2002, p. 12
Kingore, B. (2002). Reading instruction for the primary gifted learner. Understanding Our Gifted, 12–15.
“Knowing students means more than merely acquiring social or administrative information—students’ names and ages, something about their friendship circles, a bit about their family backgrounds, a few statistics from their academic record. To maximize learning, we need to dig deeper than this superficial acquaintance.” ~William Powell & Ochan Kusuma~Powell
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action. Procrastination is still the thief of time.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
King Jr, M. L. (1967). Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence.speech, Riverside Church, New York, NY, April, 4. p. 13.
“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King Jr., found in Mainzer, K. L., Baltzley, P., & Heslin, K. (1990). Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. Educational leadership.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.,
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Advice for Living, Ebony 112 (May 1958).
On the importance of connecting STEAM units to thinking inside the box…
“In working with such a variety of schools, teachers, and students, as well as buildings, schedules, and budgets, the common and most important element in every situation was the dedication and determination of the staff to make STEAM succeed. This is where thinking inside the box was very useful. Teachers always have limitations with regard to, well, everything: budgets, schedules, space, and so on. STEAM not only encourages but also thrives on big ideas. By having to work inside the box, teachers developed incredibly creative solutions to most problems. In spite of the greatly varying accessobility to resources and staff time limitations, all schools were very successful in implementing STEAM.” ~David Sousa and Tom Pilecki, From STEM to STEAM: Brain Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate the Arts, page 63.
Sousa, D. & Pilecki, T. (2018). From STEM to STEAM: Brain Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate the Arts. Corwin Press, p. 63.
On the importance of connecting innovation with creativity…
“All innovation begins with creative ideas. Successful implementation of new programs, new product introductions, or new services depends on a person or a team having a good idea-and developing that idea beyond its initial state.”
~Amabile, Conti, Coon, Lazenby, & Herron, 1996, p. 1154.
In 1999, researchers Sternberg and O’Hara provided the pioneering framework of five possible relationships between creativity and intelligence:
Creativity is a type of intelligence
Intelligence is a type of creativity
Creativity and intelligence are overlapping constructs (they have some traits in common)
Creativity and intelligence are part of the same construct (they’re basically the same thing)
Creativity and intelligence are distinct constructs (there is no relationship between them)
Here is a blog post (non-peer-reviewed) on creativity with some engaging design features and easy readability: What is creativity? The ultimate guide to understanding today’s most important ability by Kelly Morr at this link: https://99designs.com/blog/creative-thinking/what-is-creativity/
Amabile, T. M., Conti, R., Coon, H., Lazenby, J., & Herron, M. (1996). Assessing the work environment for creativity. Academy of
management journal, 39(5), p. 1154-1184. http://people.wku.edu/richard.miller/amabile.pdf
Morr, K. (2018). What is creativity? The ultimate guide to understanding today’s most important ability. 99 Designs. https://99designs.com/blog/creative-thinking/what-is-creativity/
Sternberg, R. J., & O’Hara, L. A. (1999). Creativity and intelligence.