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Coaching Educators Builds Creative Capacity

Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Coaching Adult Learners

Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; Kelly Schofield, Principal of Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, IA; and Sarah Dougherty, Visual Arts Curriculum Coordinator and Turnaround Arts Director, Des Moines, IA
Sponsored by Crayola


If you attended the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Champion Creativity community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

Coaching educators builds their confidence and creative capacity. Coaching occurs in all sorts of situations from informal hallway chats and social gatherings to more formal PD or PLC group meetings and 1:1 in-depth conversations. Regardless of the venue, effective coaching is intentional listening. Coaches don’t solve other people’s problems; they help educators discover new approaches and take informed risks that lead to promising practices. Adult learners have much in common with young learners—the need for relevance, engagement, application, and interaction. Sitting and listening to lectures is not an effective teaching approach for helping children learn. That presenter-driven approach is equally boring for adults.

In this webinar, hear insights from Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; Kelly Schofield, Principal of Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, IA; and Sarah Dougherty, Visual Arts Curriculum Coordinator and Turnaround Arts Director, Des Moines, IA on how to engage adult learners, and to “make their thinking visible” throughout the conversation as the presenters model a more interactive learning experience. This recorded webinar will benefit K-8 classroom teachers, art teachers, literacy specialists, librarians, principals, and early childhood educators and family engagement specialists.

Special Invitation: As special recognition, educators who post a piece of artwork or sketch from the “make your thinking visible” prompts shared during the webinar will receive a complimentary gift from Crayola. Fifty members of the Champion Creativity community who upload the art to the discussion forum, “Coaching Educators Builds Creative Capacity” will receive a case of 12 packs of 5 ct. Crayola No Drip Paint Pens. The discussion forum is only accessible to members of the Champion Creativity community and the deadline to upload an example of art is May 17, 2017. While we’d love to see art wherever you live, shipping this gift is only applicable for members in the U.S. and Canada.

cheri sterman crayolaAbout the Presenters
Cheri Sterman, Director of Education for Crayola, helps ignite educators’ creative confidence and establish creative collaborations within schools and communities. She leverages insights from having worked with educators across the country, hearing their passion for innovative teaching strategies that awaken students’ voices. Her approach is to ask essential questions, spark personal epiphanies through hands-on experiences that make thinking visible, and provide reflective prompts. Cheri knows that the best solutions live within educators, and so coaches them in planning their own next steps. Cheri uses an iterative process that helps educators create, present, respond, and connect—making their voices visible. She authored the Art Builds 21st Century Learning series available on and articles in the annual Champion Creatively Alive Children: Principal magazine, helping schools build creative capacity and engage families in this process.
Kelly SchofieldKelly Schofield is an education thought leader who has been recognized nationally for her expertise in transforming schools and coaching other educators. She has won the National School Change Award from the National Principal Institute, and her school in North Carolina was a P21 Exemplary School that also won the Intel School of Distinction Award. She won a Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant that focused on building creative capacity school-wide and is featured in the video with that title. Kelly is currently the principal of Hanawalt Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa and she is the former principal of Dana Elementary in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She has also served as Adjunct Education Professor at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. She has presented professional development at the National Title I Conference, NAESP, and she joined Crayola at the first White House Arts Integration Fair.


Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty has won several outstanding educator awards including the Iowa Outstanding Art Educator and the 2016 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Learning Leadership. Sarah has been involved in the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Initiative since its inception in 2011 and currently leads that initiative throughout Des Moines and advises the national program teams across the country. In addition to serving as the visual arts curriculum coordinator for her school district, she is active in education leadership forums nationally and is working on her education leadership certification. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and is renowned for her coaching insights.


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Art-infused education builds 21st Century skills. Crayola helps parents and educators raise creatively alive children.


Monday, April 3, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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