1.) "LA schools arts budget: Most funds will go to 'arts integration' teachers" by Mary Plummer": click here: "The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to increase spending on arts instruction by nearly $16 million over the next three years – but the majority of the new money will go to hire 101 “arts integration” teachers, trainers that will show classroom teachers how to integrate arts into academic less
Tell us a little about your background.
I am originally from Scotland, and moved to NZ 14 years ago to take advantage of the clean, green and very safe environment – and also to be in a country where I didn’t have a 2-3 hour commute to work. My first degree was in technology, and I worked in IT and business consulting for the majority of my “first career” and in the last 15 years have moved increasingly into work that for me has a greater sense of meaning, purpose and contribution – work that makes a difference. I have spent the last 5 years working in the environmental/ecosystem/species protection area, and absolutely love it.
What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?
I wanted to extend my learning, and chose creativity studies for a few reasons: The Saybrook programm it was part of an overarching psychology curriculum and that was important for me; the learning would require me to work in an area that was outside my ‘normal’ area of study and therefore push/extend my own learning boundaries; I was keen to learn from Prof Pritzker, and finally the programm allows me to follow areas of interest and is done via distance/on-line learning which is essential – as frequent trips from NZ is a bit of an obstacle.
1.) "Before the Hole in the Wall: A Q&A with 2013 TED Prize Winner Sugata Mitra": Click here to watch: "At TED2013, Mitra invited the world to embrace child-driven learning bysetting up Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) and helping him design a learning lab in India, where children can “embark on intellectual adventures.”
1.) "Not Your Imagination: Kids Today Really Are Less Creative, Study Says" by Rachael Rettner: Click here to read: "It sounds like the complaint of a jaded adult: Kids these days are narrow-minded and just not as creative as they used to be. But researchers say they are finding exactly that.
1.) From STEM to STEAM: Click here to learn more: "In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Yet innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to the equation — to transform STEM into STEAM."