The Importance of Creativity in Human Development

In April 2018, the Center for Artistry and Scholarship was privileged to bring musicians and educators Helena and Paulo Rodrigues to the Boston area all the way from Lisbon, Portugal. Helena and Paulo founded Companhia de Música Teatral, a music and theatre company in Portugal that specializes in creating artistic and educational projects that have music at the root of interdisciplinary practice.

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Deeper Learning: The Conference and the Connections that Followed

At the end of March, I attended the Deeper Learning conference, which took place at High Tech High’s campus in San Diego. This was my first time at Deeper Learning, and I got a good sense of why this is an important gathering for progressive educators throughout the United States. In some ways, Deeper Learning is a new iteration of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) and that made me very happy. The Common Principles were the foundation of CES and much of Deeper Learning has its roots there.

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Theory in Action at BDEA

In March, Demarkes Jackson, a student at Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), traveled to Austin, TX to participate in a panel titled, “No, I Won’t ‘See You at McDonalds’ & Other Stories” at SXSW EDU, a conference and festival that “cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.” Demarkes was joined by leaders from around the country who are designing and launching alternative high schools for students who are off track for graduation.  

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Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS) hosted the Creative Learning for Equity School Design Colloquium, a day-long inquiry into school design using the arts, storytelling, and design thinking as ways of learning, collaborating, and addressing challenges among educators committed to creating equitable and innovative schools. 

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"Just Work Harder"

Linda Nathan starts “Just Work Harder,” the third chapter of When Grit Isn’t Enough, by observing, “We tell students that if they work harder, they will succeed.” We sure do - and it’s not only educators who say this. In many homes, including mine, parents perpetuate this message. I certainly did when it came to my oldest son, who is now a senior in high school.

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"Race Doesn't Matter"

Chapter two of When Grit Isn't Enough explores the difficult realization that race does matter when it comes to going to college. This chapter reinforced for me how important the arts are. The arts have the ability to dismantle our preconceived notions of others, and they serve as a public forum for discussing challenging topics.

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