Presenter: Genein Letford, CAFFE Strategies
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1C, 1E; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B, 2C Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3C; Learning Environment 4A, 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5C, 5D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6B, 6C 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.75

How can the arts improve students’ and educators’ abilities to be more creative in all aspects of life? In this 45-minute course by CAFFE Strategies, Genein Letford explores the elements of visual arts and what it means to be culturally competent with people who have lived different experiences. When you complete this course, you’ll have a firm understanding of the benefits of integrating creativity and the visual arts in a classroom setting.

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Creative thinking is the #1 skill needed in the workforce, so it is a skill we must protect and continue developing in our students. Creativity is so much more than just artistry. The arts can help our students think creatively in every other subject area.

Award-winning educator, Genein Letford, shares how Intercultural Creativity®, which integrates cultural competence with creative thinking, is strengthened through arts integration. Her brain-backed curriculum ideas are easy to implement and increase engagement while advancing creative thinking for both the teacher and the students.

In this 45-minute course, you will learn:

  • How to identify visual art elements and their characteristics
  • How to implement visual art elements into other content areas
  • How to increase students’ engagement and perspective-shifting
  • How to incorporate creative thinking strategies with art foundations into general education content

Other courses in this series:

Intercultural Creativity for Classrooms and Beyond
Start with Art: Music Integration for the Gifted
EQ and Emotional Granularity for the Gifted

Presenter Bio

As the 2019 LA Lakers Business Woman and the 2015 CA Charter Teacher of the Year, Genein is a national thought leader and creator of the concept of ‘Intercultural Creativity®’. She is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of CAFFE Strategies, LLC, a consulting, coaching, and training company that trains educational leaders and teachers to create sustainable organizational equity and inclusion strategies within their classrooms while unleashing their innovative thinking for themselves and in their students.
Her 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity® is a leading framework that encourages corporations in their diversity and inclusion development while developing critical cognitive tools for creative thinking. Her first book, From Debt to Destiny: Creating Financial Freedom from the Inside Out connects creative thinking to financial agility and was an international bestseller in 5 finance categories. Her next book, 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity: Connecting, Creating and Innovating Across Cultural Lines is due to come out this fall. She recently published her first children’s book I AM CREATIVE! with her 3-year-old son, Shawn Letford. Genein believes creative thinking thrives best in an inclusive environment and she is often called ‘America’s Creative Coach’ for her work in reigniting intercultural creativity within our workforce. 

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