Presenters: David Sebek, Joe Bernhart, Troy Drayton, GT Innovators 
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.3 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Help your students learn skills that they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world! This 1-hour course from the education specialists at GT Innovators builds the foundations that educators need to help their students become future-proof. Learn the keys to helping stimulate creativity in each of your students. 

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What does it mean to make your students future-proof? Our world is changing at an extremely rapid pace, and if we’re not careful our students can get left behind. When educators shift their teaching paradigm, they can help students learn skills that they need to be successful, no matter what the future looks like. This course introduces educators to ideas and activities that they can use to help stimulate creativity in their students.

In this 1-hour course you will learn:

  • Strategies for teaching the skills students will need in order to thrive in a rapidly changing world
  • Activities for cultivating greater creativity in the classroom 

Presenter Bio

David Sebek is co-founder of GT Innovators which was formed in 2011 by three educators who wanted to change the world of professional development for teachers. David has been offering unique professional development solutions to school districts in and around the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Mr. Sebek was the 2011 TAGT State Teacher of the Year for the Gifted and have coached various problem solving teams to Regional, State and International Competitions through Destination Imagination and Future Problem Solvers. 

Joe Bernhart is an author, speaker, and expert in researching and implementing curriculum with a focus on creativity, differentiation, and the social/emotional needs of GT students with an ever-developing expertise on their nature and needs as well. Building on over a decade of previous experience working in an inner city middle school in Houston ISD as a teacher, English department chair, parent coordinator, and Title I coordinator, Mr. Bernhart’s expertise transcends and traverses content areas and demographic definitions, allowing him to be part of a team that offers high quality professional development to meet the diverse needs of teachers in diverse settings. 

Troy Drayton has thirteen years of experience teaching in public schools, with 8 years as English/Language Arts (ELA) Department Head. Mr. Drayton has a Bachelor’s degree in English Composition and Language with an emphasis on Linguistics and a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. He completed his Master’s degree in Administrational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2008, but has remained in the classroom because teaching is his true passion. 

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10 reviews for Future Proofing Your Students – Stimulating Creativity

  1. Roberto – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting course. I like the format of the presentation.

  2. Allison – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Relevant with ideas to foster creative thinking.

  3. Kimberly – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interesting 🙂

  4. Peter – TEAYS VALLEY LOCAL (verified owner)

    Loved it, and not just for the football reference. Great content here for the classroom. I really felt like I gained a lot out of this session. Glad I took this class. Can’t wait to put this into practice!

  5. Julia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was interesting and they give valid points.

  6. Aileen – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course gave many ideas for how to spark creativity and remind me to ask students frequently about their thinking.

  7. Laura – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    Loved this simple presentation on creativity. It doesn’t take a lot of planning to stimulate creativity.

  8. Jessica – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    Confusion on my part

  9. Cheryl – ARLINGTON CLASSICS ACADEMY (verified owner)

    The instructors kept my interest with asking questions, asking me to draw – without knowing why – and then gave me the opportunity to creatively describe what my drawing meant. Well done!

  10. Lynda – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the idea of having students draw three objects that did obviously go together, but they had to think of ways that they do go together and find connections.

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