The work of the Centers for Research on Creativity forms the basis for an Education Week Webinar on July 18. An expected audience of one million will log in to hear presenter Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Principal, MUSE Research, formerly Founding Director of Research and Evaluation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, discuss how instructional innovators use creativity to transform school culture and improve learning.
One of the ground-breaking case studies cited in the webinar, “The Wooden Floor”, was carried out by Dr. James Catterall, Professor Emeritus, UCLA and Director of Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC). The study is part of a forthcoming book co-edited by Drs. Rekha Rajan and Ivonne Chand O’Neal, “Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities (Palgrave Macmillan)”, which highlights the unique evaluation methods employed in assessing the impact of music, theater, dance, musical theater, opera, and multimedia arts in schools and communities, and on arts policy in various contexts.
The “The Wooden Floor” case study details the findings so far in the ten-year assessment of the Orange County organization, which uses dance, educational supports, and social services to achieve far-reaching social change.
The free webinar, “Draw on the Power of Creativity”, also features Cheri Sterman, Director of Education at Crayola and is moderated by Dominique Young. To register for the webinar visit ow.ly/UZtC30dcB3F
CRoC at the Arts Datathon The following email popped into our inbox in April "IF YOU BELIEVE THE ARTS CAN MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER whether you’re a data expert or not… IF YOU BELIEVE DATA CAN HELP IMPROVE OUR REGION whether or not you know a lot about the arts… IF YOU BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO THE ARTS… …then this event is for you."
CRoC's James S. Catterall and Eduardo Robles agreed and attended the event, which was organized by LA County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. For a tremendous round up of the event read Aurora Meneghello's piece at Interconnected Strategies. Here are some images from the day:
Clockwise from top left:James S. Catterall, Director, Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC) and Natalie Marrero, Executive Director, Viver Brasil; James and Sunil Iyengar, Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts; Eduardo Robles, CRoC Research Coordinator (front, left) and his working group with Susan Chun from MCA Chicago, Tiffany Bong from Universal Hip Hop, Daniel Villa from Piece by Piece, Sean Wang from Claremont University and Sylvia Aguinaga from D.I.Y Girls; Ben Watters from Arizona Commission on the Arts looks on while James presents his group's findings to Datathon participants.
Inglewood Environmental Charter School Great focus group with students from Inglewood Environmental Charter School! Thanks to teacher Tashanda Giles, 6th grade students and Tree People's Generation Earth project, we're optimistic that the environment will be in safe hands in the future.
Inglewood Environmental Charter School - Compost City
Green Ambassador Tashanda Giles in the log circle
Cheviot Hills High School At Cheviot Hills High School they take the environment seriously. Students learn about sustainability through Tree People's Generation Earth program. Their studies include learning about recycling, field trips to the LA Arboretum and the Getty Villa, and, best of all, tending to the edible school garden. Principal Dr Mary Reid always has her gardening gloves at the ready. Here's a candid photo of her desk...
Just look what is under the Principal's desk - Cheviot Hills High School loves experiential learning.
Congratulations to the teachers, students, and teaching artists who completed the middle school drama program offered by the Educational Theatre Association in Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY.