Great Projects to Boost Creativity

Great Projects to Boost Creativity

Take inspiration from award-winning schools to apply for the Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant.

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December 2015, Volume 39, Issue 4

Building a movement, focusing on problem-solving, and engaging parents are just a few of the topics that this year’s Champion Creatively Alive Children Principal magazine supplement addresses. Sponsored by Crayola, the issue features the latest research on art-integration and highlights innovative project ideas. Here are some of the grant-winning ideas on how to infuse art into your curriculum:

  1. Arrange for students to serve as docents in local museums.
  2. Use a Design Thinking model to have students solve real-world problems.
  3. Create a Maker Space where students bring an artistic approach to the engineering design process.
  4. Make a commitment to family engagement by transforming your school into a museum-like community center.
  5. Frame professional development for teachers on using visual journaling to identify individual learning styles and help students represent their thinking.
  6. Encourage parents to be powerful advocates for integrating the arts.

You can read about these projects and more in Crayola’s 2015 Principal magazine supplement. Got a few ideas of your own? Every year, Crayola and NAESP team up to award 20 schools with grants valued at $3,500 to implement arts programming. The next deadline is June 20, 2016. Visit www.naesp.org/crayola for details on the program and how to apply.

Copyright © 2015. National Association of Elementary School Principals. No part of the articles in NAESP magazines, newsletters, or website may be reproduced in any medium without the permission of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. For more information, view NAESP’s reprint policy.

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