Creativity

Concurrent

Creativity is Great, but Don’t Give Up the Rigor

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 209 B

Programs that foster creativity and innovation such as Genius Hour, Makerspace, and Design Thinking are rising in numbers; however, some programs are unstructured and lack academic rigor. How can we ensure these programs respond to the creative and academic strengths of gifted students? In this session, we look at eight innovation programs and twelve strategies linked to one or more of three categories – pedagogy, cognition, and nonacademic. The following topics are addressed: programs that encourage creative thinking and production; guidelines to facilitate academic rigor within creativity programs; tools that structure the unstructured; and resources to support creative programming.

Patti Drapeau

Consultant
Maine Department of Education

Patti Drapeau is an educational consultant and internationally known presenter. As a consultant, Patti presents keynotes and workshop sessions at conferences and school districts in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore. She serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine where she teaches courses in gifted education. Patti is a consultant at the Maine Department of Education in gifted education. She is a member and is on the board of the Council of State Directors for Programs of the Gifted.

Patti authored five books published with Scholastic, Corwin Press, Hawker Brownlow Education and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She also published articles with Teachers Matter and Understanding Our Gifted.

Previously, Patti served as program chair for the National Association for Gifted Children Middle Grades Network. She was past president of Maine Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGAT). Patti received the New England Region Gifted and Talented award for outstanding contributions in Gifted Education She also received the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented award for exemplary service. Patti was a teacher/coordinator of programs for the gifted and talented in Freeport, Maine.

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