Innovative teaching practices spark students’ love of learning with hands-on professional learning program and resources

Across the U.S., district leaders are embracing arts-infused teaching approaches to prepare K-8 students for an innovation-fueled workforce. creatED by Crayola®, the brand that inspires creativity in education, is piloting its professional learning program in eight districts across the U.S. during the 2017-18 school year. creatED provides educators with teaching strategies and resources that increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

The districts piloting creatED are in various stages of their arts-integration journey. Available in one, two or three-year configurations, creatED’s professional learning consultants tailor the program to each cohorts’ specific needs. The pilot districts begin creative leadership training with select schools or district teams that act as catalysts for change on a district-wide level.

“Educators are lifelong learners and professional development programs should build confidence, develop skills and inspire teachers,” said Cheri Sterman, director of education at Crayola. “creatED gives teachers creative ways to engage students so that they express learning in meaningful ways.”

2017-18 creatED pilot program districts include:

· Alabama Education Association, Ala.

· Bartlett City Schools, Tenn.

· Clark County School District, Nev.

· Clayton County Public Schools, Ga.

· Dorchester School District Two, S.C.

· Indian River County School District, Fla.

· Prince George’s County Public Schools, Md.

· South Orange-Maplewood School District, N.J.

“Creativity can transform teaching and learning. Our program and resources provide practical ways for students to connect abstract ideas to the real world,” said Sterman. “When teachers use art in their core instruction, students learn how to collaborate and solve challenges, equipping them with essential skills for work and life.”

To learn more, stop by the Crayola creatED Lab in room 116 at the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, or visit http://www.crayola.com/education.

About creatED by Crayola

creatED by Crayola provides professional learning and resources to K-8 educators on leadership, multi-literacies and STEAM to prepare students with academic and life skills that hinge on creativity. By inspiring creative instruction through teacher leaders and project-based learning, creatED bolsters district-wide student engagement and improves learning outcomes. For more information, visit www.crayola.com/education and follow creatED by Crayola on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Crayola

Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa. and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, is the worldwide leader in children's creative expression products. Known for the iconic Crayola Crayon first introduced in 1903, the Crayola brand has grown into a portfolio of innovative art tools, crafting activities and creativity toys that offer children innovative new ways to use color to create everything imaginable. 

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