The Creative Partnerships:we create space for change
• Aimed at all schools of general education of Lithuania,students under 18 years of age.• Carried out by EDC, financed from the funds of ESF and MES(4,64 million Euro).• Implemented by the project team in cooperation with 9regional partners.• Duration of the project is 3 school years - from 2011 to 2015.• About 200 creators, more than 100 schools, 1000 teachers,and 4000 students participate in the project.The Creative Partnerships– a project on a national scale
The Scope• This year 80 schools participate in theprogramme: 50 in Enquiry School and30 in Change School programmes• In 2013-2014 school year – 97schools• A total during the three school years– more than 120 schools
What is the aim of Creative Partnerships?We create space for changeObjectives• To foster the creativity of learners and teachers• To develop creative work skills of teachers• To develop a creative approach to learning in Lithuanianschools – how to study?• A space to explore, experiment and rethink is created• People draw on each other’s experience• A system encouraging to improve and learn in ownworkplace is applied
“In previously conducted survey students claimed that only an actor, poet or painter canbe creative, whereas now such words as considerate, evaluating everything to the lastdetail, willing to learn and teach, apt at organizing, patient, courageous, self-contained,discovering, sociable, active, intelligent, alert, attempting, fantasizing, appeared in theperceptual map”.School coordinatorChangingconcepts
Creativity is a universal andlearnable skill• Creativity is the ability to doubt, question, thinkcritically, discover links, solve problems bycreating innovation, work persistently in orderto achieve the goal set; this is a universalability.• Not only the arts, but alsosciences, politics, business, as well as humanrelationships and lives are based on creativity.
The Creative Partnerships approach tocreativity – five habits of mindIMAGINATION CURIOSITY PERSISTENCE CONSISTENTPRACTICECOOPERATIONIs based on theintuition,connectsdifferent areasWonders, asksand explores,questions theconventionalassumptionsand normsTolerates thestate ofuncertainty,acknowledgesdifficulties aspart of work,dares to bedifferent.Acts practically,tries to improve,constantly workson improvingtechnical skills,critically assessesand reflects.Is able to workwith others, givesand acceptsfeedback, respectsthe opinion ofothers, sharesideas and other“products”.Creativity-based learning is active, experiential, reflective, leading toessential changes in understanding, skills and attitudes.Creativity is recognized through specific ways of acting andpractices continuously applied in everyday life, thus creativity canbe developed.
Looking for practicalsolutions to overcomespecific challenges ofschools“It is very useful when people not related to school come for a visit… Teachers say that theyreally need such an inspiration.”School principal
Teacher’s role and involvementis crucially important“I can no longer work as I used to, Iwant to share, I want to do, I want toact.” School Coordinator“ Having tried out certainactivities, most sixth-graders found outwhat they want, what they like, theybecame interested in school in adifferent sense – it appears that here itis possible not only to meet friends, butalso to do interesting things. ”School Coordinator
Artists, scientists, professionals in theirfield of practice go to schools andexperiment as well as solve actualproblems together with teachers.
“Creative Agent asked me a lot of questions about how I work with children, what methods Iuse, what literature I read, etc. I was working, looking for answers, thought a lot and came toa stage where I started to doubt whether I can be a teacher altogether”…School CoordinatorWorking underuncertaintyconditions
What type of school do we need ?Aim ofCreativePartnerships
Creative Partnerships change learning spaceLow Engagement High Engagement
CSDM CSDMPlanning ImplementationEvaluation +sustainability• Leadership• Curriculum developmentand implementation• Teaching and learning• Employee learning anddevelopment• School environment andresourcesA space is created for teachers to test newmodels of behavior right in their workplaceCurriculumcontentChallenge/problemCreativeprocess Creativeskills
Planning and assessment toolsWork of creativeprofessionalsQuality ensuranceThis process is ensured through:
Model for workingwith schoolchallengesExternalresourcesensurance ofthe processAll learningLearnersCreative learning– opportunities forschool as an organizationand communityTeachers and learners togetherwith creative professionalsplan creative activities, whichhelp to involve andengage, make studentsresponsible for theirleaning, instills tolerance andtrust, brings together theschool community.
“The project helped to understand what real leadership is, when all groupmembers are included instead of an entire task being performed by one person.”School CoordinatorOnly some are involved –everybody is involvedInvolvement of learners
Overview of the first project year• 1100 students participated in 43 “EnquirySchools”.• 269 subject teachers, 150 school personnelemployees and more than 1000participants.• 257 parents and other family membersparticipated in sessions together withchildren.• A total of 3000 persons participated in theproject or otherwise contributed to it.• Creative professionals spent with childrenmore than 2000 hours.
The Second project yearIn 2012- 2013 school year:• More than 3300 students participate in Creativepartnerships• About 800 teachers participate in the programme forimproving competences of the management ofcreativity education and creative learning projects
What shall we do for creativityto become everyday‘s schoolpractice?