University of Connecticut
Policy makers and educators at all levels have finally turned their attention to the importance of imagination, creativity, and innovation (ICI) as vital outcomes of schooling. These qualities are considered to be essential to the cultural, social, and economic growth of any nation. This study is designed to produce a systematic process by which schools can both evaluate their services for developing ICI and develop a plan for the implementation and improvement of ICI resources in their schools. The study will include the development of a series of validated instruments, a portfolio that documents a school’s a school’s outcomes, and a guidebook for schools to develop and extend their ICI resources.
Joseph S. Renzulli
Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also serves as director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. His research has focused on the identification and development of creativity and giftedness in young people and on organizational models and curricular strategies for total school improvement. A focus of his work has been on applying the strategies of gifted education to the improvement of learning for all students. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, which named him one of the top 25 psychologists in the world. He was also a consultant to the White House Task Force on Education of the Gifted and Talented. Dr. Renzulli is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut and he was recently awarded the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. prize for innovation in education. Although he has obtained more than $50 million in research grants, he lists as his proudest professional accomplishments the UConn Mentor Connection program for high potential/low income students and the summer Confratute program at UConn, which began in 1978 and has served over 35 thousand teachers and administrators from around the world.
Ronald A. Beghetto
Dr. Ronald A. Beghetto is an international expert on creativity in educational settings. He serves as an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Beghetto served as the College of Education’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on infusing creativity in K12 schools and classrooms. He has extensive experience providing professional development to teachers and instructional leaders in an effort to help them develop new and transformative possibilities for teaching, learning and assessment. He has published numerous books, scholarly articles, book chapters on creativity and education. Dr. Beghetto is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Creative Behavior and serves on the editorial board for several creativity and education journals. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Div. 10, APA). Dr. Beghetto has received numerous awards for excellence in research and outstanding teaching.