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Cultivative a Culture of Creativity NAGC 2015

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ANGELA HOUSAND, PH.D.
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BRIAN HOUSAND, PH.D.
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Cultivating a Culture of Creativity: Lessons Gifted Education Can Learn from Disney and Pixar

While it may have started with a mouse, the Walt Disney Company has evolved a culture of creativity that extends beyond theme parks and entertainment and into the heart of the child that still exists in all of us. This session explores the core principles that Disney and Pixar utilize to overcome the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration and provides examples of how we can implement these principles into our gifted programs. Let’s “go behind the scenes” to experience the magic that gifted education the Disney way could offer. Dream. Believe. Dare. Do.

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Cultivative a Culture of Creativity NAGC 2015

  1. 1. Cultivating a Culture of Creativity Lessons Gifted Education Can Learn from Disney & Pixar ANGELA HOUSAND UNC WILMINGTON @HousandA angelahousand.com BRIAN HOUSAND EAST CAROLINA @brianhousand brianhousand.com
  2. 2. Curiosity
  3. 3. image: Wikipedia
  4. 4. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
  5. 5. Episodic Curiosity
  6. 6. Play
  7. 7. Public Domain Photo: Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta, USCDCP
  8. 8. “Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature…” Public Domain Image: pixaboy.com
  9. 9. Overcome adversity.
  10. 10. Photo: A. Dulaunoy (2014), https://www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/15438261867/in/photostream/
  11. 11. Photo by W. Shewbridge (2009), https://www.flickr.com/photos/shewbridge/4686009275
  12. 12. Imagination
  13. 13. In 1919, Walt Disney was allegedly fired from the Kansas City Star because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/walt-disney/gallery-man/
  14. 14. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
  15. 15. “IT’S KIND OF FUN TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.”
  16. 16. imagination + engineering IMAGINEERING
  17. 17. http://www.wondersofdisney.webs.com/pals/figment/figment1.gif ONE LITTLE SPARK We all have sparks, imaginations. That's how our minds, create creations. For they can make, Our wildest dreams come true. Those magic sparks, in me and you. Imagination, imagination. A dream, Can be a dream come true. With just that spark, in me and you.
  18. 18. http://marvel.com/comics/issue/50690/figment_2014_1 SPARK IMAGINATION IN YOUR STUDENTS
  19. 19. xprizechallenge.org/need-ideas
  20. 20. “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/
  21. 21. Confidence
  22. 22. "When we consider a project, we really study it - not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have CONFIDENCE in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job.” http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/galleries/x701/65338.jpg
  23. 23. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/walt-disney
  24. 24. Story
  25. 25. 1977
  26. 26. http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20150325213755/disney/images/e/eb/SpaceMountainVintagePoster.jpg
  27. 27. Magical and Meaningful
  28. 28. It’s about THE EXPERIENCE.
  29. 29. (Renzulli, 1982)
  30. 30. THE PURSUIT OF A REAL PROBLEM THE STUDY OF SOCIETAL ISSUES SIMULATION ACTIVITIES TRAINING EXERCISES PUZZLES (Renzulli, 1982)
  31. 31. Gifted Education WHO IS TELLING OUR STORY?
  32. 32. MAKING PEOPLE CAREABOUT GIFTED EDUCATION The Secret is….
  33. 33. Passion
  34. 34. Public Domain Image: Wikipedia
  35. 35. Public Domain Image: Wikipedia
  36. 36. It is easy!
  37. 37. SkillsCurriculum
  38. 38. SKILLS SKILLS SKILLS SKILLS
  39. 39. It’s not just about finding something you “like” to do. Explore, try new things, until you find something you love to do. Then you have found your passion. -Marty Sklar
  40. 40. Courage
  41. 41. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
  42. 42. Image: Walt Disney Family Museum www.waltdisney.org
  43. 43. Public Domain Image: Wikipedia
  44. 44. RiskTaking
  45. 45. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage. When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Alice http://wondersofdisney2.yolasite.com/merida.php
  46. 46. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yop_r8Qqafc/Uc3NpeSweCI/AAAAAAAAAwE/vX8od1KvedU/s1440/pixag+copy.jpg
  47. 47. khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar
  48. 48. FAILUREisn’t a necessary evil. In FACT, it isn’t EVIL at all. It is a NECESSARY consequence of doing something NEW. - Ed Catmull
  49. 49. TRUST
  50. 50. https://hbr.org/resources/images/article_assets/hbr/0809/R0809D_B.gif YOU ARE NOT YOUR IDEA
  51. 51. Get great creative people. Bet big on them. Give them enormous leeway and support. Provide them with an environment in which they can get honest feedback from everyone. PIXAR’S PHILOSOPHY
  52. 52. candor n. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression
  53. 53. Early on, all of our movies suck. Ed Catmull
  54. 54. http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/wall-e/images/6412320/title/wall-e-wallpaper-wallpaper “If something works, you shouldn’t do it again. We want to do something that is new, original — something where there’s a good chance 
 of failure.”
  55. 55. Perfectionism PROCRASTINATION PARALYSIS
  56. 56. “The attempt to avoid failure makes failure more likely. Trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it dooms you to fail.” http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Sadness - Ed Catmull
  57. 57. Jan O’Connor Imagineer Nobody wants to be mediocre. Only the mediocre person is always at his best. You have to fail. You have to take risks.
  58. 58. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mvN1xyDirFc/Um5cwasRMrI/AAAAAAAAC5s/f0P5kH0G1gc/s1600/Edna_face.png
  59. 59. NO ONE - not Walt, not Steve, not the people of Pixar - ever achieved creative success by clinging to what used to work.
  60. 60. Constancy
  61. 61. Public Domain Image by A. Mitra (2008), www.flickr.com/photos/dashupagla/2539093650
  62. 62. Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved. Public Domain Image: Wikipedia
  63. 63. Iteration
  64. 64. ITERATE
  65. 65. Photo by J. Pratt (2009), https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonpratt/6071684609
  66. 66. Do.
  67. 67. DO. OR DO NOT.
  68. 68. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
  69. 69. Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/bb/71/3f/bb713fcfaf852f41d8f58e04f37f160a.
  70. 70. DYSTOPIA
  71. 71. IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE FUTURE BACK!
  72. 72. There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day, There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, And tomorrow's just a dream away.
  73. 73. Curiosity Confidence Courage Constancy
  74. 74. DREAM. BELIEVE. DARE. DO.
  75. 75. http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Tinker_Bell
  76. 76. If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.
  77. 77. Have a Magical Day! ANGELA HOUSAND UNC WILMINGTON @HousandA angelahousand.com BRIAN HOUSAND EAST CAROLINA @brianhousand brianhousand.com

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