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Draw Families Into School: Creativity Conversations with Parents

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Draw Families Into School

Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; Tania Kelley, Local Program Director, Turnaround Arts, Bridgeport, CT; Emily Pytell, Implementation and Early Childhood Education Manager, Turnaround Arts
Sponsored by Crayola


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Creative experiences are a wonderful way to draw families into schools and build a sense of partnership between educators and parents. In this webinar, panelists Cheri Sterman, Tania Kelley, and Emily Pytell share why family engagement is so important and how they have drawn parents into school by using a series of creativity conversations. These parent meetings focus on why creativity matters and what parents can do at home to foster creative thinking. The recorded webinar provides practical tips and resources to help parents and educators build creative confidence so that together they can help children make thinking visible.

Learning outcomes:

  •  Gain deeper understanding of why having strong partnerships with families is so important
  • Use a series of creativity conversations to address the role of creativity in learning
  • Think outside the box when exploring ways to engage families in schools

This recorded webinar will benefit K-8 classroom teachers, art teachers, literacy specialists, librarians, principals, and family engagement specialists.

Special Invitation: As special recognition, the educators who share a piece of artwork that was created during one of their school’s parent meetings on creativity will receive a complimentary gift from Crayola. Fifty members of the Champion Creativity community who upload the art to the discussion forum, “Art Draws Families into School,” will receive a Classpack of Crayola Model Magic®. The discussion forum is only accessible to members of the Champion Creativity community and the deadline to upload an example of art that was created in a parent meeting is March 16, 2017. While we’d love to see your art wherever you live, shipping this gift is only applicable for members in the U.S. and Canada.

cheri sterman crayolaCheri Sterman, Education Director, Crayola
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.

Tania KelleyTania Kelley, Local Program Director, Turnaround Arts, and Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Bridgeport, CT, mentors, supports and assists in the growth of educators. With 33 years of experience, her roles ranged from developing a curriculum that supports creative, student-led learning, turning schools around with an arts-infused vision, to building strong partnerships with parents. As the former principal of Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT Tania has practical examples of how art draws families into school and helps to close student achievement gaps.



Emily PytellEmily Pytell serves as the implementation and early childhood education manager with the Turnaround Arts program, a signature program begun by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She began her career as an ELA literacy specialist working in high-needs schools throughout New Orleans. She helped found the ReNEW Charter Network and served as Assistant Principal and Director of Interventions at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy – a Turnaround Arts pilot school. Emily has served as instructional coach, supporting PK-8 teachers and helping them engage families as partners in educating children.


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

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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