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Education institute planned at MTSU

Education institute planned at MTSU

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:00 pm

Nashville – The Tennessee Arts Commission will host the second annual Create2012: Creativity in Education Institute, July 15 -18, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.  Create2012, produced in partnership with the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State University, will focus on increasing creativity and collaboration in Tennessee schools.
Sessions will be offered for K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, special education, and resource teachers as well as principals and superintendents.
“Our first institute was highly successful, and we welcomed 400 participants from Tennessee and seven other states,” said Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.
“Before the first event concluded, participants were asking for a repeat in 2012.”
The Creativity in Education Institute emerged from the Commission’s highly successful Value Plus Schools initiative, an arts integration model with multi-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education.  The Value Plus initiative demonstrated how the arts impact student’s success by helping to close the achievement gap, with the Value Plus model making greater academic gains than the control schools, despite having larger number of economically disadvantaged students.
MTSU proved to be the ideal setting for the four-day event. “Middle Tennessee State University is pleased to partner with the Tennessee Arts Commission and play host to the second annual Creativity in Education Institute next summer,” states MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. “MTSU is committed to developing well-rounded individuals who will become productive citizens in their communities. MTSU’s rich history in teacher training is only made better with this collaboration.”    
MTSU Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Lana Seivers, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education, said, “The College of Education welcomes the opportunity to work with our partners to provide professional development for educators from across the state. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this effort.”
For more information on Create2012, visit:, or contact Ann Talbott Brown at

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