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Effective Leaders Are Affective Leaders: Imagination’s Role – imaginED – Education Article

For S…you have guided my learning more than you know. We have all been there as teachers, sitting in a staff meeting and looking at student data that communicates where our collective learners are at. And for many of those staff meetings, we leave feeling down on ourselves and our practice. Our classrooms are full of different needs and learning capabilities, and it seems like there is never enough time to support all the learners each day in every area…

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Have You Heard CIRCE’s Latest News? – imaginED – Education Article

Happy December colleagues!  I want to give you a quick overview of what’s happening with CIRCE. In brief: our community is growing daily, our imagination-focused educational resource-base is expanding, and our professional development initiatives are accelerating. There are also significant learning opportunities coming up that you might want to be part of.  Read on… growing engaged minds; imagining and making better worlds New STEAM-work CIRCE’s STEAM community continues to expand. The “Inspirational STEAM Work” section showcases artists who interconnect Arts…

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Story, Timelines and History Teaching in the Early Primary Years – imaginED – Education Article

By Kate Charette (Educator & PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick) I first learned about Imaginative Education (IE) as an elementary school teacher doing my Masters degree. In the evenings after teaching my kindergarteners I would read about engaging students’ imaginations by shaping the curriculum as an exciting story much like a journalist would, rather than thinking of it as a checklist to cover. I would explore ideas about what cognitive tools my students were using to understand the world…

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Shifting Our Leadership Lens to See Imagination – imaginED – Education Article

By Courtney Robertson (Vice-Principal, MEd in Imaginative Education) The role of being an administrative leader often feels like a complicated and impossible juggling act. Trying to keep all the different pieces “in the air” (e.g. functioning at the optimum level) can be a great challenge for even the most experienced leader. We envision supporting classrooms, teachers, and practice, in a way that drives the school community forward in positive ways, and yet we can hit road block after road block–obstacles…

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A Black Odyssey – imaginED – Education Article

By Gillian Judson (Executive Director, Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education, CIRCE [pronounced sur-see]) In 2013 I employed the principles of Imaginative Education (IE) to design a curriculum guide for the Smithsonian Institution’s travelling exhibit Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey. The curriculum guide I created uses the cognitive tools of Imaginative Education to engage students with Homer’s text and Bearden’s art. I aim to engage imagination as the primary tool for learning, with lessons involving a range of cognitive tools…

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CIRCE STEAM Magazine Now Available – imaginED – Education Article

We are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of CIRCE Magazine! Science is highly conceptual, and learning it effectively requires interconnecting fuzzy concepts such as atoms, forces, molecules, DNA, electric fields, ions, electromagnetic radiation, radicals, electrons, and photons. Although brilliant minds have undoubtedly used their artistic talents and been inspired by art over the centuries to create scientific knowledge, until recently we have catalogued its ramifications simply as STEM. In the last decades, movement has been made…

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Imagination Unleashed At Fraser Heights Secondary School – imaginED – Education Article

By Hannah Kazemi (Grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Surrey, B.C., Canada) Imagine dancers, artists, bakers and chefs, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Imagine hundreds of students, with their passions laid out in front of them. Imagine entering a high school, immediately welcomed by the smell of popcorn in the air, billowing red curtains marking the entrance, and as you walk in further, a sea of students, ready to share the projects they have been working on for months. Bubbles…

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