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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Cyndi Burnett

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Dr. Cyndi Burnett


The purpose of this paper is to explore the value of adding creativity skills into curriculum mapping documents at the elementary and middle school level, with the goal of gaining some clarity regarding the intrinsic value and ubiquity of teaching for creativity. The language for the maps was taken from Weaving Creativity Into Every Strand of Your Curriculum (Burnett & Figliotti, 2015). The maps were developed after observations of and meetings with classroom teachers in order to assure their accuracy and authenticity. Because the intended purpose of a curriculum map is to provide a sweeping view of targeted content and skills, the maps are non-specific by their nature. As a result, a major challenge of this project continues to be how to find ways to make these maps meaningful to the greater community, who is largely unaware of the meaning and value of creativity. For the purposes of this project, creativity skills were added to the curriculum maps of grades five through eight at the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, New York.