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Monday, June 4 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Keynote: The Rigorous Whimsy Mindset

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All of us are unique, with varying talents and challenges - but one thing that is universal is that we are essentially creative beings. Some would argue that it is what makes us “human”, and others stress that agile, creative thinking is “the” skill of the future - particularly in light of an unpredictable world and increased automation. How can we foster creative confidence  and habits of mind in our schools - not just for students, but for the community as a whole? Creativity is often confused with “art”, but it is much broader...it is often defined as something “novel”, but it’s more about making connections. This keynote explores the why and the how of creativity in learning, addressing how creativity works as well as offering some practical strategies for implementing creative and critical thinking in any discipline or division, and as a framework for an organization’s culture. Creativity is truly content agnostic.

Amy shares insights from her book with Dan Ryder: Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, which stems from the belief that “if they build it they will get it”.  Critical Creativity is students using creative expression to demonstrate deeper thinking and the nuances of understanding content. When students make connections, transform knowledge, and articulate the reason behind their creative choices, learning becomes more sticky, meaningful, and authentic.

Every student has a special story to share and can be empowered to do so in a myriad of mediums.

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Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Brauer Auditorium