Creativity is Critical


With the educational world becoming overly standardized and with a political world struggling to maintain freedom, the role of creativity has never been more needed nor more in jeopardy. We are seeing generations of teachers trained to bow at the altar of conformity who are struggling to find ways to foster creativity within the confines of prescriptive curricula. Yes, creativity can be taught; it has a process and needs a nurturing environment to allow brilliance to shine forth from those students who are being held back by rigid interpretation of the standards. This workshop introduces immediately applicable approaches on how to bring creativity and creative literacy to the forefront of any classroom, laying the groundwork for success.


Creativity, Literacy, Education, Methodology, Success, Learning, Process, Curiosity, Teachers, Thinking


Arts Education


Workshop Presentation


  • Dr. Teresa Rothrock
    • East Central University
    • Dr. Teresa Rothrock is an online Writing Center Instructor for Western Governors University and Professor Emerita of East Central University, where she served as the Director for Assessment, Director of the Literary Arts Festival, and Coordinator of English Education in the Department of English and Languages. Previously, she served as English Instructor and Division Chair (dean) for Interdisciplinary Studies at Seminole State College, and English Teacher and Department Chair at Holdenville High School, where she directed both the Writing Center and Renaissance Fair, an annual project by senior English students for the local, rural community. Rothrock has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the International Writing Center Association Conference and served as Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. She earned her Ph. D. from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Kathleen Hardgrove
    • Tenured Professor, Theatre, Southeastern Oklahoma State University , United States United States
    • Kathleen Hardgrove is Associate Professor of Theatre and Communication as well as curator of the nationally renowned Southeastern Oklahoma State University Costume Archive. Previously, she has taught theatre and communication at University of Evansville (Indiana), University of Oklahoma, St. Gregory’s University (Oklahoma), Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts (Nevada), and Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts (Connecticut). With over twenty years as a professional actor, director, and designer, Hardgrove has worked in theatres from New York City to Los Angeles and the 48 contiguous states in between. In addition, she has presented at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, National Indian Education Association, Oklahoma InterTribal Council, International Native American Symposium, Oklahoma Women in Higher Education Conference, and the International Thespian Festival. Hardgrove earned her Master’s of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge).