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Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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This project is a thought piece aimed at re-evaluating and clarifying the potential of activating transformational creative change leadership in teachers. By embracing creativity as a human process, teachers can become catalysts for change within themselves and their students. This approach requires a nurturing and relational co-creative process, fostering a learning environment that values emotional well-being alongside intellectual growth for everyone. For teachers to stimulate others to be creative and innovative, they must challenge their own beliefs about creativity. There needs to be an explicit process that underpins these behaviors, integrated with a high level of emotional intelligence to nurture themselves and their students within the inevitable complexity and uncertainty they are moving through in their learning environment and their professional lives. I hope that by sharing my creative process during this project, I can inspire teachers to embrace their creativity as a fundamental aspect of leveraging the talents and skills they already use in their profession. Moreover, it's important that they are appreciated and respected for this and given the time to practice and implement newfound creative teaching methods.