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.
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.
Teacher, Washington Grade Center, United States