About Creative Education Foundation (CEF):
The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) was founded in 1954 by Alex Osborn. Alex Osborn was one of the original advertising “Mad Men” – the “O” in BBDO – who founded the organization on the radical idea that creativity could be learned and developed. Together with Sidney J. Parnes, PhD, they developed the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process and thousands of people across sectors have trained in this process to find new solutions, practice better teamwork, and develop breakthrough ideas.
About Invention Convention Ohio (OIL):
Invention Convention Worldwide introduces students to a world in which they can solve their own problems, gaining the confidence and 21st-century skills to invent their own future through hands-on, real-world, project-based learning activities and exciting events at school, state, and national levels. Invention Convention is easy to implement, flexible enough to meet diverse student needs, adaptable to a broad range of disciplines, and accessible to virtually any young learner.
The K-12 Invention Convention program convenes a global community of educators, business leaders, parents and students through competitions, events and a flexible, project-based curriculum aligned to education standards.
About International Center for Creativity (ICC)
The International Center for Creativity is a Columbus, Ohio-based think tank and partnership that designs, develops, and delivers innovative curriculum, professional training, and design and creativity consultation for universities, entrepreneurs, artists, and corporations. The ICC partners with higher education institutions to deliver a cutting-edge BA in Industrial and Innovative Design, MBA with a concentration in Innovation and Masters of Innovation programs that continue to grow year over year. Their Cedarville BA in Industrial and Innovation Design program is ranked 5th in the nation.
Creative Problem Solving for Educators is presented as part of a collaborative partnership between the Creative Education Foundation, the International Center for Creativity, and the Ohio Invention League.
“As an academic, I have found that the CPS process provides a well- researched, grounded process to facilitate creativity and innovation. At our Center, we use the CPS process and tools to help students, faculty, and businesses identify new solutions to challenging problems in their communities and beyond. The CPS tools and techniques provide flexibility and structure for those we work with and help give them permission to bring their ideas forward, create new ones and approach their challenge from a different perspective.”
“The challenges within Higher Education demand that universities and colleges control costs, Increase completion rates, and address inequities within institutional resources. Creative Problems Solving (CPS) provides a framework for identifying opportunities and solving problems when conventional thinking has failed. The mindset of CPS encourages you to adopt creative thinking to find fresh perspectives and come up with innovative solutions.
Whether deploying CPS within the academic or administrative divisions, CPS pulls on the strengths of teams by engaging the team in clarifying the challenge, generating potential Solutions, and executing the action plan.”
“Creativity and problem solving are essential skills for students in this century. We use these skills in a variety of ways in our school. First, the CPS process is an excellent tool for students to understand, and implement, as they engage in and lead a more complex and demanding world. Second, at our school, we use the process to define and implement growth!”
“Creative Education Foundation is providing teachers in Stamford Public Schools ways to think differently about instructional practice; to allow students to understand there are many ways to solve problems and different answers to the same questions. As we educate in the 21st century and beyond and prepare students for college and careers we need to continue to reflect on how we teach but also on how students learn.”
“In education it is imperative that we consider not only the what (CPS) but the why and the how. Creative thinking and Creative Problem-Solving foster and promote metacognition. After teaching a very short unit on Learning Styles to a fourth-grade classroom, one student went home and told his Mom, “Mom, I am not stupid! I’m kinesthetic!”. That student went from a learning challenged student in elementary school to an honor student when he graduated from high school. He was able to learn and process information in his learning style without interfering with the teacher’s teaching and promote metacognition. Creative thinking enables a student to come to awareness.”