Creativity

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Classroom Creativity: Bridging Theory and Practice Using the Torrance Tests of Thinking

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 212 B

Teachers play an essential role in promoting creativity in the classroom, but is there really time for such an endeavor? This research-based presentation will embody the gap between theory and practice, providing empirically driven techniques to simultaneously enhance creativity and student engagement. Based on the psychological constructs underlying the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, presenters will discuss how creativity can be used to strengthen every-day classroom instruction. Participants will leave ready to implement various creative strategies into their own classrooms.

Sarah Marie Catalana

Assistant Professor
Winthrop University

Dr. Sarah Marie Catalana is an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Pedagogy Department of the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. She teachers courses in educational assessment and research, as well as gifted and talented endorsement courses.
Her research focuses on pre-service teacher education, investigating ways to encourage future teachers to engage in critical reflection and uncover assumptions in education through community engagement experiences. She worked closely with the University of Georgia Project U-SPARC (University School Partnership for Achievement, Rigor, and Creativity) initiative, supporting UGA undergraduates as they served as mentors for children in a local Title One school. She has also spent significant time teaching and serving abroad, developing science education programs for children in Ecuador, teaching young children in Haiti, designing professional development opportunities for teachers in Nicaragua, and leading American high school students on service learning trips.

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Sarah Sumners

Interim Director, Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development
University of Georgia

Sarah E. Sumners is an associate research scientist and interim director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia. She has led creativity trainings both nationally and internationally, co-authored several book chapters and entries on teaching creativity, has taught graduate courses on teacher education and creativity, and has written several grants to fund research. Dr. Sumners has a wide range of experience in grant writing, teaching, and professional development. She holds an M.Ed. in gifted studies from Mississippi University for Women and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University.

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