Making a “Grand” Difference in Tennessee

By James Wells posted 11-06-2019 09:06


Crayola creatED has partnered with four districts across the state of Tennessee— Bartlett City Schools, Hamblen County School District, Maury County Public Schools, and Shelby County Schools—to support the implementation of creative arts integration strategies. These professional development days have taken place everywhere from school cafeterias to district offices, to local foundation board rooms to cultural institutions like the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art!

With at least one district in each of the three grand divisions, Crayola has worked with multiple schools in each of these districts to build creative leadership teams of educators committed to embedding the creative teaching strategies school-wide.

More than 200 educators in the state of Tennessee have received creatED Professional Learning. They’ve learned how to build leadership capacity and explored multidisciplinary approaches to literacy, STEAM and project-based learning. As teachers bring the creatED project idea starters to life in their classrooms, the energy and buzz of collaboration is contagious.

Below are teacher verbatim on the creatED program from their on-site experience and post-PD day implementation with colleagues and/or students:

Demystify Coding


“After completing p.45 in the STEAM I reflection journal, I placed 3 objects on the floor in my room and gave my students a choice of color of sticky notes. From a given starting point, they had to create their algorithm to visit all 3 and return to the X. OH MY GOODNESS!! My room exploded with activity.” –@Timothy Parrish, APEX teacher at Ellendale Elementary, Bartlett City Schools, after implementing an activity he learned from the creatED STEAM I course less than a week after his training at the Brooks Museum!

Integrating Art through ELA and Math Can Be Done and It’s Fun!


“I loved how this PD allowed us to engage in thought-provoking tasks that we can take back and redeliver to our staff and students. I wish all PDs were this engaging!” – @Jessica Michael,  Kindergarten Teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, Hamblen County Public Schools, after participating in the creatED Multiliteracies I course.

Coloring Minds through Creative Leadership


“This was a very engaging professional development. [As a newly deemed Chief Creative Officer], I am excited to bring these concepts to my staff and share how to implement [school-wide].” – @Tina L Smith, principal at Getwell Elementary, Shelby County Schools, after participating in the creatED Creative Leadership I course.