Three faculty in the School of Teaching and Learning, Sharon Dole, Lisa Bloom, and Kristy Kowalske, have published an article titled “Transforming Pedagogy: Changing Perspectives from Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered” in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning. Their article looks at changes in teaching practices of those that have completed the AIG program.
The 13th annual Rocket to Creativity, a camp for rising 2nd through rising 9th graders, was held in the Killian building from June 22-26. Students exercised their creativity on problems from fashion to Lego animation to building contraptions. The camp serves as the field experience component of the AIG add-on license program.
The college has revised the program in Gifted Education, now called the MAEd in Gifted, Creative, and Innovative Education, with more focus on creativity and innovation. The program was reduced from 36 to 30 hours to make it more affordable for teachers and will include the class, Entrepreneurial Innovation, from the Entrepreneurial Program in the College of Business. The MAEd program is completely online with the exception of a one-week field experience on campus in the summer.
Kristy Kowalske, a graduate of the MAED in Gifted Education and an adjunct faculty member in the college, has won the E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research Award for 2014. The American Creativity Association selected her for her work entitled “Education Impact on Spiritual Growth: A Case Study.”
Rocket to Creativity held their annual event June 23-27 at WCU. 60 area children completed projects ranging from robotics to aeronautics to costuming that promoted creative thinking and problem solving. The event also serves our program in Academically or Intellectually Gifted Certification
Rocket to Creativity held their annual camp June 24-28 at WCU, serving over eighty kids. Rocket to Creativity engages children in fun but challenging activities that promote creative thinking and problem solving. Children who are rising 2nd graders through rising 9th graders may choose from a variety of projects that range from animation to forensics.