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Monday
Jul
10–14
8:00am
to 4:00pm

2017 Torrance Center Summer Institute

Join the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development 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 will offer strands on the following topics:

  • The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)
  • Future Problem Solving (FPS)
  • Common Core in the creative classroom
  • Teaching with technology
  • Using creativity for equity in gifted and advanced programs

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 receive an overview and experiences for global issues, scenario writing, action-based and community problem solving components.

Facilitated by Future Problem Solving International Staff

  • 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 Strand #1

Each participant will choose one:

  • 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

  • Teaching with Technology: This strand will train instructors on best practices of teaching with technology to both enhance efficiency in the classroom and magnify student creativity.

Facilitated by Lenie George, doctoral student in Learning, Design, and Technology

Afternoon Strand #2

Each participant will choose one:

  • Using Creativity for Equity: Applying Torrance's and Frasier's Tools to Develop Gifted and Advanced Programs: Creativity can be considered a great equalizer in talent development. This strand focuses on how we can use creativity and rigor as themes for equity work with students. Participants will learn about tools developed by Dr. Mary Frasier and Dr. E. Paul Torrance, such as the Traits, Aptitudes, and Behaviors scale (TABs), the Frasier Talent Assessment Profile (F-TAP), Torrance's Creative Positives, and the Incubation Model of Teaching. Facilitators will share the ways in which these tools have been used to partner with a local district, as well as ways in which participants might evaluate and use them for their own research and program development.

Co-Facilitated by Dr. Meg Hines and Dr. Tarek Grantham, GCE faculty

  • Teaching with Technology: This strand will train instructors on best practices of teaching with technology to both enhance efficiency in the classroom and magnify student creativity.

Facilitated by 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.

Agenda

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

  • Double occupancy (sharing a hotel room with another participant; check in Sunday, July 9 and check out Friday, July 14) ~ $1200

  • Single occupancy (a room to yourself; check in Sunday, July 9 and check out Friday, July 14) ~ $1450

Should you wish to stay Friday night, there is an option to add an additional night during the registration process.

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

Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel.

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.

Registration

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 and need an invoice created, please email Dr. 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 30. To register, please click on the link below.

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