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Creativity in Literacy: Developing Creative Thinking and Production Using Picture Books

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 212 B

How do children learn about creativity? We identify what role children's books can play in the social, emotional, and academic development of children. Specifically, we examine the relationship between creativity portrayal and children's literature. We review the results of a recent study in which we examined Caldecott winners from the past two decades to reveal how creativity is portrayed in the context of children's literature. We use the results of the study along with prior research and best practices to answer this question: How can parents and educators encourage creative thinking and production using picture books at home and in gifted academic curriculum?

Mattie Oveross

Graduate Student
University of North Texas

Ms. Oveross earned her bachelor's degree in Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas where she received multiple awards and scholarships including the Academic Excellence award in Development and Family Studies. Mattie is currently a Doctoral student at the University of North Texas pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education. Her current areas of research include parenting gifted children and adolescents, preschool gifted education, and sexuality and sexual tendencies of gifted children and adolescents. Ms. Oveross also currently serves as a faculty member at E.A. Young Academy, a non profit private school for gifted, talented, and high-ability students.

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Todd Kettler

Assistant Professor
University of North Texas

Todd Kettler is assistant professor at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses in gifted education, creativity, and development. Kettler was recently co-author of A Teachers' Guide to Differentiating the Common Core Language Arts for Gifted and Advanced Learners (2014) and editor of Modern Curriculum for Advanced Academic Students (2016). He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Baylor University.

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