In this episode, Shellee and Katie discuss:
– Katie helps students think for themselves and watch the way they think and say
– Students do not learn real life problem solving in school so they struggle when entering the real world
– Katie works with teachers to help prepare their students to think critically and creatively
– Let you student to take safe risks out of their comfort zone
Katie Trowbridge has over two decades of experience as a teacher and mentor. Throughout her career, Katie has focused on helping her clients, and students find their best selves. In addition, Katie uses creativity to teach social-emotional learning, creative problem-solving, communication skills, team building, and personal well-being. Currently, President and CEO of Curiosity 2 CREATE and co-founder of the Creative Thinking Network, Katie travels around the nation helping educators infuse creative and critical thinking into their curriculum. Her love for learning and research started at Luther North High School in the heart of Chicago and carried over as she earned a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University. Years later, Katie wanted to focus on making a difference in the lives of teens and furthered her education by receiving a Master’s in Teaching and a Master’s in Education Administration. She is constantly researching the importance of embracing creativity and a new way of implementing strategies to assist individuals in finding their best selves. She is pursuing her ED.D at Northeastern University in Boston. Katie’s passion for these areas allowed her to start non-profit organizations, assist school districts in writing SEL curriculum, design programs for adults and students to encourage collaboration and communication, and mentor new teachers to find their voice. As a result, Katie has won several Teacher of Excellence and Outstanding Educator awards. As a mom in a blended family, Katie works hard to bring an energetic, joyful, and creative spirit to her children and grandchildren. She finds time to embrace creativity through crocheting, painting, writing, and reading fiction.
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