Blazing a New Path: Measuring and Celebrating Creativity in Student Writing
In a world that is constantly adapting to new technologies and increasing global interconnectedness, creativity is often cited as one of the most essential skills for success. And yet, even as more schools and districts adopt the development of creativity into their missions, educators are still largely on their own to incorporate creative thinking into curricula and achievement benchmarks. How can we create opportunities for students to practice creativity? And, how can we measure creativity so that we know where students are at? At 826, the largest youth writing network in the U.S., we believe that writing and creativity are deeply connected. This session will share the 826 Network’s approach to measuring creativity through student writing. Participants will get a hands-on introduction to our newly-developed Creativity Rubric, which scores student writing across three attributes key to creativity: Originality, Elaboration, and Task Appropriateness.
Cynthia brings expertise in data storytelling and in conducting research to help develop and measure impact of educational programs. She’s worked with the Exploratorium, Apple Education, Sesame Workshop and other organizations to bring research-based content across learning platforms to diverse communities. Her background is in developmental psychology, conducting research on the design of educational media. Cynthia holds a BA in psychology and sociology from Northwestern University and a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia.
Anna Griffin (she/her) is the Director of Content & Partnerships for 826 Digital, 826 National's online platform for educators. In this role, she leads curriculum and content development for the platform, drawing upon her tenure as a high school English teacher, instructional coach, and school leader.