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OCTELA 2019 Spring Conference

Lighting the Fire: Inspiring Creativity in Teaching and Learning

March 1 & March 2, 2019

DoubleTree Worthington

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Call for Proposals

Deadline: November 30, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)

In an effort to track student progress and justify our teaching strategies, the teaching of reading and writing has been boiled down to a bunch of numbers: reading levels, test scores, value-added, formative assessments, etc.  Frequently we feel buried in a constant cycle of data points, so concerned with the numbers that we feel we often spend more time measuring and interpreting data than we do teaching skills and content.  

This trend is well-intentioned, but it leaves out one key factor involved in teaching, learning, reading, and writing that is unquantifiable: creativity.  Yes, there is a great deal of science involved in teaching and learning–we couldn’t teach without an understanding of how the brain develops–but without creativity, there’s something missing.  Creativity is difficult to describe, and nearly impossible to quantify, because it looks different to each person, which is probably why it is ignored in the current data craze.  At its most basic level, creativity is the process by which we arrive at something new, whether that something new is a physical product or a new idea.  As teachers, we do this all the time:we take all the science we know about teaching and learning, stir it together with the content and skills we want students to learn, and create a new lesson.  As learners, our students take the strategies and skills we teach them, apply them in new situations, and arrive at new ideas.

Clearly, if all of this creativity is happening, teaching and learning is an art form.  Without creativity, the art of teaching and learning is missing, and no amount of science will make you a successful teacher, or learner for that matter.  So we want to hear from you:

  • In an age of data and spreadsheets, how do you inspire creative teaching and learning in your colleagues and your students?
  • What lessons have you taught recently that exemplify the art of teaching and learning?
  • How do you encourage students to take the necessary risks creativity requires?
  • How do you blend creativity with the requirements of the Ohio New Learning Standards and standardized assessments?
  • How do you have students take control of their own learning?

In the spirit of creativity, we have a lot of options for how you can share your knowledge:  

  • Individual or Panel Presentations: 45-minute breakout sessions that engage the audience
  • Workshops: 90-minute sessions in which participants make something, led by workshop facilitator.

Ready to submit?  Access our proposal submission form.