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Creative Encounter Workshop Series

Posted: 3/3/2017

On Feb. 11, Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) hosted the first part of its Creative Encounter Series, a workshop series aimed at creative thinking strategy integration.

This series was made possible by a grant through the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, allowing educators to attend for free. The ESC welcomed all kindergarten through grade 12 classroom teachers, exploratory teachers, intervention specialists, gifted intervention specialists and speech therapists from the regions of Summit, Portage and Cuyahoga to attend.

“The Creative Encounters Series is a great opportunity for educators to learn different strategies to encourage critical thinking, and to meet the needs of different learning styles in their classrooms,” said Summit ESC’s Professional Development Director N’ecole Ast. “This engaging learning experience will translate into techniques that can be used in the classroom.”

Participants who attend will learn creative thinking strategies that are integrated into activities, projects, and lessons aligned with standards-based curriculum; the key elements of creating stimulating classroom environments that inspire, motivate and enhance student performance; and learning experiences that challenge students to think critically, problem solve and synthesize information.

Professional consultants will be available at each session to support teachers in the application of these techniques throughout the series

All participants receive 15 contact hours for attending the series. The hours may also be used toward future gifted professional development requirements. The second session will be held on February 25 and is already full.

Creative Encounter Workshop Series
Participants in the Creative Encounter Workshop Series

The third session will be held on March 11 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Individuals who would like to attend should visit the Summit ESC website at

“The first session was a great experience for the individuals who attended,” said Ast. “We are looking forward to the next two sessions and continuing to learn from our dynamic presenters, Kathy Frazier and Deborah Walker.”