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

In a creative environment, there’s no such thing as a bad idea. Learn how to cultivate open-mindedness in your students and encourage innovation in this 1-hour course from GT Innovators. After taking this course, you’ll be on your way to exceptional creative thinking in no time.

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Do you know how to encourage innovation in your classroom? The education experts from GT Innovators say that the environment we are in affects our creativity in huge ways. Students can’t be creative if they’re in an environment that is hostile to new ideas. Teaching your students how to be open-minded is one of the foundations of creative thinking.

Thankfully, there are steps educators can take to help encourage open-mindedness in their classrooms. In this 1-hour course, you will learn how to cultivate a creative environment in your class today.

After taking this course, you will know about:

  • Strategies for instilling the skills students will need in order to thrive in a rapidly changing world
  • How remaining open-minded encourages innovation
  • How to foster a creative atmosphere 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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