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

Why is music so important to incorporate into school? The arts are vital in helping students better express themselves and navigate new environments. In this 45-minute course by CAFFE Strategies, Genein Letford demonstrates how bringing music into your classroom can help to benefit gifted students as well as all different types of learners.

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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 more than artistry. However, the arts can help our students think creatively in all of their subject areas.

Award-winning educator, Genein Letford, shares how Intercultural Creativity®, which integrates cultural competence with creative thinking, is strengthened through music 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 music elements and their characteristics
  • How to implement music elements into other content areas
  • How to increase student engagement and perspective-shifting
  • How to incorporate creative thinking strategies with music foundations into general education content

Other courses in this series:

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

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.

Genein’s 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 in fall of 2022. Genein 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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