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Ages/Stages of Children’s Creative Development
Wednesday March 30, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Director of Education
Sponsored by Crayola
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Children need active learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate. They are not miniature adults. While children progress through the developmental stages of creative development at their own unique pace, this development occurs in sequential stages, so patterns can be observed. Educators can help parents and colleagues understand these insights and advocate for developmentally appropriate experiences, rich in creative exploration and inquiry. Explore the trends that have been eroding best practices and review how to advocate for child-centered teaching strategies. Learn to better understand the stages of children’s creative development and how to articulate these insights to others.
- Consider today’s trends that are eroding best practices in developmentally appropriate education.
- Explore how creative play aligns with how young children learn.
- Help others understand why creative experiences are so important for children.
- Practice being an advocate for child-centered, inquiry-based education, with robust creative experiences.
Special Invitation: As special recognition, the educators who share their “developmentally appropriate practices” advocacy messages will receive a complimentary gift from Crayola. Fifty members of the Champion Creativity community who post their advocacy statements in the Discussion Forum, “Ages/Stages of Children’s Creative Development” will receive the book, Celebrate the Scribble, and a dozen booklets to share with colleagues, Inspiring Creative Expression in Early Childhood—both which show the developmental stages of creative development. While we’d love to see your advocacy statements—wherever you live—shipping this gift is only applicable for members in the U.S. and Canada.
Cheri Sterman’s career began as an early childhood educator. She taught child development courses at the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, helping future teachers understand ages/stages of children’s creative development. Cheri served on the board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children during the pinnacle era of the organization documenting Developmentally Appropriate Practices—which translate child development insights into teaching strategies. This presentation was developed at the request of The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, as the Turn Around Arts Initiative expanded to the early childhood programs in their school-improvement model schools. Cheri has presented at several Congressional briefings on “Why Creativity Matters” and “Best Practices for Early Learning.” Cheri authored publications entitled, How Children Learn and The Power of Creativity.
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