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Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today

Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Creative Capacity

Presented by Richard Gerver, Author of Change—Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It and Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, and former Elementary School Principal; and Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director, Author of Creative Leadership Transforms Schools and Multiliteracies—Parallels between Visual, Written and Math Literacies
Sponsored by NAESP

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In this edWebinar, best-selling Author Richard Gerver and Crayola Director of Education Cheri Sterman present on the topics raised in Gerver’s book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today: Education—Our Children—Their Future. Richard’s experience in transforming schools provides practical advice for early career principals. An inspiring storyteller, Richard discusses how he shifted the paradigms around change in the schools he led. He believes that change moves schools in the right direction when implemented within a culture where creative ideas are heard, acted upon, and celebrated.

Co-presenter Cheri Sterman shares insights from her work with elementary school principals building creative capacity school-wide. In partnership with NAESP, Cheri has lead the Champion Creatively Alive Children program and worked with principals’ Creative Leadership Teams to embed art-integration as an effective teaching strategy. Cheri’s topics include:

  • How art integration awakens the creative voice of students and teachers to positively impact test scores, attendance, and engagement
  • Practical ways of “making thinking visible” at staff meetings and in professional development to spark collaborative conversations
  • Her work with Turnaround Arts, an initiative led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Together, Richard and Cheri address core questions and explore education perspectives for next generation leaders, arts leaders, and student learners.

Richard GerverAbout the Presenters

Richard Gerver, Author of best-selling books Simple Thinking, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, and Change, helps educators and policymakers lead change and embrace creativity in schools. He is a highly acclaimed speaker and globally recognized as an education advisor to International Ministries of Education and policymakers. His popular TED talk inspires educators.



cheri sterman crayolaCheri Sterman has worked with educators around the world, using creative experiences to revisit their school vision and make change a collaborative process. Cheri developed a series of exercises that “make thinking visible,” enabling educators to see how colleagues visualize their school culture and coach each other. Those sketches draw out insights that spark conversations. Creative experiences that enrich student learning and adult professional development are featured in the books she authored.



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NAESPThe National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.


Monday, May 1, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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