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Creativity

             at the Center

    of Learning

Vermont Creative Schools Initiative

"The Creative Schools Initiative has the potential for transformative impact on students, and their teachers and communities"
- Rebecca Holcombe, former Vermont Secretary of Education

 

THE VERMONT CREATIVE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE

helps students develop the creative capacities and passion for learning that allows them to imagine and chart a better future for themselves and their communities.

 

In 2013, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 77, the Flexible Pathways Initiative.

 

Act 77 challenges students to take a larger measure of control over their education and to envision their future and map steps to get there.
 

This envisioning of goals, and planning to attain them, involves at its core creative and critical thinking.

Finnie's 41 sec. Creativity Pledge from the Vermont Ceativity Learning Forum

The Vermont Creative Schools Initiative provides resources, professional development, and programming that educators and community partners can rely on to find their own way into this statewide investment: 

Teacher Institute

Teaching Artist Academy & Fellowship Program
Vermont Creative Learning Forum
 
Teacher Institute
Eric Booth & Judith Bose, Co-directors
Applications NOW OPEN for 2020/21

The Institute is a learning, planning and programming sequence for PreK-12 teacher teams who want to work with a teaching artist to develop a cross-curriculum unit with creative engagement as a central priority. Teachers receive 4 or 5 graduate credits and are awarded a 7-10 day teaching artist residency, valued at $4,500-$5,500.  

"This has been the best professional development in my 27-year teaching career.

The faculty was amazing."

- Teacher, Class of 2016

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Check out these snapshots of creative projects developed by teacher and teaching artist teams at the Teacher Institute.

 
Teaching Artist Academy
Eric Booth, Director

The Academy provides demonstrations, hands-on experimentation and individual coaching from leading experts in the field, including Eric Booth who is widely described as the father of the teaching artist profession, and Judith Bose who was the first full-time teaching artist hired by Lincoln Center. 

"The Academy has launched forward my career as a teaching artist."

- Participant, Class of 2018

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Eric Booth
Academy Director

 
Vermont Creative Learning Forum​

 

The Forum brings together Vermont educators, students, community leaders and expanded learning providers with national leaders in creative learning, to explore how creative engagement can support personalized learning.

The 2015 Forum was in partnership with the Flynn Center, with a day in Burlington and a day at the Trapp Family Lodge, in Stowe.

 

The 2016 Forum was a two-day intensive at the Woodstock Inn, which explored how creatiave engagment can be used to support personalized learning.

Stay tuned for news about the 2019 Forum. 

"It was incredibly inspiring to spend 2 days with nearly 100 colleagues all thinking about creative learning and engagement with community partners."

- 2016 Forum Participant

Developed at the 2016 Creative Learning Forum, these guidelines support the inspiring commitment across Vermont to fully advance creative capacity as a central priority of learning.

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