The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 28, 2014

Chamber to hear presentation on PISD innovation and studies

By GRACE GADDY
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — One of the locals, Lucinda Presley, has been making waves across the country in efforts to promote innovative thinking and creativity in schools. As executive director of the Institute where Creativity Empowers Education Success (ICEE), she works nationally and internationally to develop and improve teaching and curriculum in schools, museum programming and other educational endeavors.

Thursday, Presley will discuss what is being done on the federal and national levels to promote creative problem solving in education and important 21st century workforce skills during a Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She will discuss how Palestine can be involved as part of this work.

Marc Mitchell, executive director of the chamber, said they were excited to have Presley back to speak to the community.

“She is doing amazing work on the national level,” Mitchell said. “She will be discussing how we can better prepare our students to compete in the future and become better creative problem solvers, and how Palestine can be a part of this process.”

Presley too is looking forward to the seminar.

“What I plan to talk about is new developments in the national arts/sciences/humanities projects where (Palestine Independent School District) – where Palestine – can be a part of it, and interface it with what we're doing in studies in brain health,” she said, adding, “I'm really looking forward to sharing with Palestine the possibilities.”

The ICEE Success program is a creativity in education initiative that integrates 21st century higher level thinking skills with state-mandated content to promote student engagement and learning. In addition to heading up the ICEE program, Presley serves as chair of the Washington D.C. based national Innovation Collaboration, which includes members from national K-12 education institutions, museums and universities, with recognized federal agencies as observers.

According to the national Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design website (SEAD), Presley works extensively with: The Exploratorium in San Francisco; The Exploratorium’s Playful and Inventive Exploration (PIE) project; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Arizona State University’s Mars Education Program, Britain’s art/science/creativity initiative, Ignite, the Canadian Philip Beesley Hylozoic Ground art/science/creativity project, The Leonardo art/science/technology museum in Salt Lake City, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.

Cost to attend the seminar is $10 per person and includes lunch. Please RSVP to 903-729-6066 or info@palestinechamber.org. This seminar is sponsored by the Palestine Economic Development Corp.