Creativity

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Creativity and Giftedness: Theoretical Connections to Enhance Their Reciprocal Relationship For Gifted Learners

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 209 B

After examination of the theoretical and empirical connections between creativity and intelligence, this session explores practical methods used by master teachers and highly successful schools to develop and enhance creativity among gifted learners. Examples range from the infusion of visual art activities to the development of authentic, project-based assessments that maximize student development both academically and aesthetically. Attendees also explore how creative awareness builds upon successful self-actualization and blooms into highly creative behaviors, such as comfort with the unknown and expression across multiple domains; this guides attendees’ deeper understanding of the empowering relationship between these critical constructs.

Derek Cavilla

Adjunct Professor
University of Central Florida

Derek Cavilla received his education at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he earned a Doctor of Education with a specialization in gifted education, a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He currently teaches graduate level courses in gifted education at UCF and his areas of research include how to maximize student success through the infusion of social-emotional learning (SEL) as well as how to better identify and support both underachieving gifted and twice-exceptional students. Dr. Cavilla entered the field of education in order to make a positive impact on society and has touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergarten to graduate level having held various roles, including: fifth grade teacher, high school English teacher, university professor and, currently, the Director of Student Affairs at a private school in the Bay Area of California. In his free time, Dr. Cavilla enjoys travelling the globe to new and exciting places, whipping up gourmet treats in the kitchen, and burning off calories from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream through running.

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