Presenters: Dr. Richard Cash & Dr. Katherine McKnight, Learner Innovations
Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

The speed of information and access to it has transformed the way we relate to learning in the 21st century. However, creativity still has an important role to play in student learning, particularly in literacy learning. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., and Katie McKnight, Ph.D., team up for this informative and fun 3-hour course on how to use creativity and improv to improve literacy learning. 

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Let’s play! Play and creativity still have a place in modern education. In this course, Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. and Katie McKnight, Ph.D. will show you that play and creativity are actually vital to our students’ ability to relate to information in the 21st century. You will learn how to use the model and methods of improv to enhance literacy learning in your classroom through a variety of activities and exercises.

In this 3-hour course, you will discover:
  • Module 1: How creativity relates to learning styles and Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Module 2: The creative and improv connection
  • Module 3: Originality and activities to apply improv methods

Presenter Bio

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and appointed as Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Europe.
She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.
Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 17 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge – Grades 6-12. 

Dr. Richard Cash has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. He has taught at the elementary, middle school and college levels. Most recently, he served as Director of Gifted Programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. Dr. Cash is the president and lead consultant for nRich Educational Consulting, Inc. His areas of expertise include educational programming, differentiated instruction, brain compatible classrooms, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash has authored “Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century” and “Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics” (co-author Diane Heacox), which was a Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Legacy Book® Award winner. He is actively involved with the World Council on Gifted Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).  

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221 reviews for Creativity and Improv to Improve Literacy Learning (3-Hour)

  1. Marylou – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas and resources!

  2. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It encourages creativity, however I would have liked more real world examples and more of a connection to literacy.

  3. Lisa – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful ideas that can be used in the classroom immediately…. great course for application

  4. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very insightful. Really enjoyed the activities that were modeled particularly because they addressed higher thinking skills and how to get the students there.

  5. Blanca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent course. Many activities that can be implemented fairly quickly. But even the practice will be enjoyable.

  6. Susana – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    good course

  7. Leslie – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course and presenters.

  8. Becky – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the creative and practical ideas in this course and can see using them immediately in the classroom.

  9. Terri – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This video gave me different activities that I can use in my class to allow the students to be creative and learn the context in the process.

  10. Marlene – HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD (EL PASO) (verified owner)

    Amazing training! Loved it Great ideas!

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