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2016 Torrance Center Summer Institute

The Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development is proud to announce its 2016 Torrance Center Summer Institute (TCSI) for teachers. Join us July 18-22, 2016 on the campus of the University of Georgia as we explore the principles of creative thinking as a framework for curriculum development, classroom teaching, and assessment. Designed around research-based strategies for integrating creativity into the classroom, this five day-training session will offer the following strands:

  • The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Common Core Creativity
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Differentiation in the Creative Classroom

Educators will leave with practical creative strategies for enhancing their overall classroom instruction.

Morning Strands

Each participant will choose one

  • Future Problem Solving: Learn about the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) & Creative Problem Solving process (CPS). Explore the basics to link contemporary approaches to CPS, including a variety of tools and methods with their applications in FPSP. Participants will have an overview and experiences for Global Issues, Scenario Performance, Scenario Writing, and Community Problem Solving components.

Facilitated by Melanie Musolino, Future Problem Solving Coach

  • Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking Training: This strand will focus on the administration, scoring, interpretation, and scorer certification for the TTCT-Figural.

Facilitated by Dr. Sarah Sumners, interim director for the Torrance Center

Afternoon Strands

Each participant will choose two; please choose your top two during registration

  • Bringing unCommon Thinking to the Common Core – Applying Creative Strategy to the Regular Classroom: Training students to be creative problem solvers through the Common Core State Standards will allow them to use the tools for creative thinking and problem solving while they meet and expand the standards that are required. Using individual and small group tasks, participants will engage in creativity strategy via content disciplines.

Facilitated by Dr. Meg Hines, GCE faculty

  • Not Just Gifted in the Resource Room – Differentiation Tools to Support ALL Learners: So often, gifted students only receive advanced curriculum for a small portion of the school day. However, ALL students deserve the opportunity to experience the excitement of a challenge and the joy of learning new things each day. Participants in this hands-on session will explore various differentiation tools to enhance regular classroom instruction, including curriculum compacting, socratic seminars, tiered lessons, learning menus, and more!

Facilitated by Dr. Katherine Brown, Judia Jackson Elementary School

  • Supporting Universal Design for Learning with Technology: BYOD, 1:1, GAFE - having so many options for learners to use technology can often create just as many challenges. Participants in this hands-on session will learn to use technology to support multiple means of engagement, expression, and representation. Tools and activities to be explored include Google Tools (including those for non-GAFE schools), open-ended mobile applications, and makerspace materials.

Co-Facilitated by Gretchen Thomas, EdS, department of career and information studies, and Lenie George, doctoral student in learning, design, and technology

Thirty-five contact hours for continuing education credit (3.5 CEUs) are available. Attendees are responsible for determining if CEUs can be applied to state licensure


Time Details
8:30 a.m. Catered breakfast
9 a.m. - noon Morning strand
noon - 1 p.m. Catered lunch
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Afternoon strand #1
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Afternoon strand #2
7 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
7 p.m. Optional social activities (vary daily)

Price Structure

  • Commuter (no hotel provided) = $950

  • Student (must be current student) = $700

  • Double occupancy (sharing a hotel room with another participant; check in Sunday, July 17 and check out Friday, July 22) = $1200

  • Single occupancy (a room to yourself; check in Sunday, July 17 and check out Friday, July 22) = $1450

Should you wish to stay Friday night, there is an option to add an additional night during the registration process ($100 fee).

Hotel accommodations are provided by the Holiday Inn Athens-University Area, just around the corner from the Special Collections Library at UGA.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own traveling schedule.

Those flying into the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport may wish to arrange their transportation to Athens through our preferred shuttle service, Groome Transportation. Their hourly shuttles will bring you directly to the hotel (price is approximately $40 per shuttle per person).

Complimentary parking is available at both the hotel and conference site.

Financial Aid

We currently do not have any availability for financial aid or volunteer offers for price reductions.


Each participant must complete an online registration, whether they are paying via PO or credit card or coming as a group.

If two or more participants are coming from the same school district, there is a $100 discount per participant (will be deducted during online registration).

If you are paying via purchase order, you must still fill out the online registration. Please put in the Promotion Code: "PURCHASE" (found on the right sidebar of the registration page when you're to put in your credit card information). This will zero out your transaction. Your invoice number will be the number provided in your email confirmation. Should you need an invoice created, please email Desiree Sharpe.

Your registration and spot at the event is not guaranteed nor confirmed until all monies are paid for registration.

Registration will be open through June 15. To register, please click on the link below.


Special Collections Library
300 S. Hull St.
Athens, Georgia 30602