Lilly Teacher Creativity Workshop gives the state's best a boost

July 31 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY

Even the most dedicated teachers need to break free of their regular classroom routine and stimulate their grey cells. For three days, some of the most innovative schoolteachers from across Indiana will come together to super-charge their batteries during the Lilly Teacher Creativity Workshop at Indiana State University, July 31-Aug. 2.

Funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. and offered to educators who have been awarded Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship grants, the workshop offers participants the opportunity to share personal experiences on original projects, explore uses of technology in the classroom and learn from fellow recipients from across the state.

"We believe that this workshop affords a particular set of teachers in Indiana a unique opportunity to grow and develop," said Susan Powers, associate dean of ISU's College of Education. "It allows teachers to start the school year renewed and refreshed, and brimming with new ideas."

Faculty from Indiana State, along with judges from the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, will provide technical assistance and support for approximately 100 program participants.

Participants will collaborate on group projects involving their creativity fellowship projects, learn about technology, develop curriculum, work on personal sketchbooks and participate in a writer's workshop.

Teachers work in one of five groups:
- small groups of 3 or 4 focused on the development of integrated curriculum surrounding the Fellowship projects
- a technology group focused on collaborative exploration of educational technology
- a writer's workshop
- a curriculum development workshop
- a sketchbook workshop

WHAT: 13th annual workshop of the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship

WHO: Recipients of a Teacher Creativity Fellowship from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, July 31-Aug. 2 The best time for video/photos/interviews is Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 1-5 p.m. during Team Work Time

WHERE: Hulman Memorial Student Union meeting rooms on the Indiana State University campus

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Contact: Susan Powers, associate dean, College of Education, Indiana State University, (812) 236-4339, or powers@indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana educators who have been awarded Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship grants will come together to super-charge their batteries during the Lilly Teacher Creativity Workshop at Indiana State University, July 31-Aug. 2.

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