Closing Plenary

Title: Building Passion and Potential for Creative Learning and Teaching

Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers
Assistant Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity,
Buffalo State College

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Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 11:00am - 12:00, view map here


To create new knowledge and inspire the next generation to go beyond what we can only imagine today cannot be left to chance. Setting the conditions and engaging in pedagogical practices that push the boundaries of our own and our students’ thinking is required. What motivates a learner to move beyond acquiring expertise to inspiring new ways of thinking and doing? What provides the spark to think deeply, allowing for the conditions to create?  During this conference we’ve had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in creative teaching and learning.   Now we must engage in the creative act of taking the learning forward, creating glimpses of the future of our own creative growth and our engagement in creative teaching and learning. Be ready to take the risk, tolerate ambiguity and keep open to future possibilities as we engage in a richer understanding of the current state of creativity studies and ways to go beyond mastery of our domains to create positive change.

Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers, Assistant Professor International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State

Dr. Keller-Mathers teaches in a Master of Science in Creativity program, develops creativity curriculum for learners of all ages and facilitates teams and organizations to lead change. Her scholarly pursuits focus on the development of creative teaching and learning theory including development of creative learning and creative problem solving curriculum, research on the lives of mature women of creative accomplishment and research and development utilizing the Torrance Incubation Model of Teaching and Learning. An author of many publications, Dr. Keller-Mathers recent publications include an invited entry on Creative Teaching in the Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent and an article in the Pennsylvania ASCD journal on Creative Learning, Thinking and Problem Solving: Content's 21st Century Partner in Education. Dr. Keller-Mathers chairs the School of the Professions Curriculum Committee, the E. Paul Torrance Award for the National Association of Gifted Children and is a board member of the American Creativity Association. Dr. Keller-Mathers holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Creativity and Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction.