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Kickstart Creativity: Fostering a Schoolwide Culture of Creativity

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 119AB

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Innovation Specialist
Innovation Academy | Fulton County
ISTE Certified Educator
Martha Bongiorno is a student voice activist and is currently serving as a school librarian in Metro Atlanta. She supports students and educators by pushing boundaries of traditional education to empower learners as thinkers and creators to make positive change in their communities. With her unique perspective from the heart of the school, she explores how the tapestry of learning is interwoven with literacy, technology, creativity, and student voice. Martha serves others as an ISTE Ambassador, Immediate Past-President of Georgia Library Media Association, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Master Trainer, a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador since 2016, and an Adobe Creative Leader.
Johns Creek High School
Meggan Ford is a librarian just north of Atlanta. She is a self proclaimed crazy cat lady and a huge lover of Saturdays with coffee and a good book. In 2021, Meggan's library program was chosen as the exemplary library program for the Georgia Library Media Association. In 2020, she was honored to become the Fulton County Library Media Specialist of the Year. Meggan is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Adobe Certified level 2 Certified Educator.

Session description

How do you scale and foster creative culture within your school? In this interactive session, we will play and imagine together while we explore opportunities designed to spark inspiration with students and staff. Come prepared to move, have fun and think outside the box!

Purpose & objective

Attendees of this session will achieve the following:

- Discuss and explore the barriers to including creativity in the classroom
- Consider and explore the ways we can scale creativity by infusing it into our daily activities in the classroom
- Participate and evaluate in various activities to embrace creativity skills in the library and classroom settings

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10 minutes - Introduction to defining creativity and explore the barriers currently prohibiting us from including creativity
40 minutes - Participation and reflection in 3 different creative challenges that explore the ways we can scaffold creative skills to infuse creativity into school culture
10 minutes - Discussion and reflection on how to implement this in other schools

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Session specifications

Science of Learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Attendees will need a computer and access to WiFi. No other software is necessary as we are using browser-based resources.
Subject area:
STEM/STEAM, Not applicable
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.