February 23, 2012

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
-Abraham Lincoln

While composing this week’s blog post on an iPad, it occurred to this author that iPad creator Steve Jobs embodied Lincoln’s quote as a creator of the future!  For corporate America, creativity was identified as the most important leadership quality for success in business, according to a 2010 IBM sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries.

But how to teach creativity?

Twelve years into this millennium there is much talk in education debates about “21st century” teaching and learning. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) published a chapter in its 2011-12 Trendbook that addresses “Schools of the Future.” According to NAIS, skills essential for life in the 21st century include critical thinking and problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, and collaboration and teamwork.

Walden School teaches these skills through project-based learning, experiential learning, blended classrooms, and portfolio assessments. Since the founding of Walden in 1970, teachers here have aligned their pedagogy to the idea of posing challenging questions to curious children. With an emphasis on valuing and rewarding creativity, Walden School recognizes the grace in an unexpected and creative solution. Walden graduates are well positioned in the 21st century as leaders and innovators and creators of the future.

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