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Creating Minds Symposium with Howard Gardner

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT October 8, 2010 Location: First Congregational Church,1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland

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    Dr. Howard Gardner
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    Michael Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, is a middle school science teacher in Prineville, Oregon.

First Congregational Church,1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland

At the first annual Creating Minds Symposium, noted education scholar Dr. Howard Gardner and 2008 National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen will discuss creativity and the future of education. Teachers, school administrators, and anyone interested in understanding the critical role that creativity plays in our children’s lives and in our schools is invited to attend.

Event Details


Date: Friday, October 8, 2010 (Statewide Teacher Inservice Day)

This event is being held on a statewide teacher inservice day to encourage and allow teachers from Oregon and Washington a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Gardner speak about his work.
Time: 9:00 a.m.-Noon; arrive early for coffee and pastries at 8:30 a.m.!
Location: First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Cost: $40*
Credit: CEUs will be available for teachers at no additional cost

*Note: A special rate is available for Lewis & Clark students. Please contact the Center for Community Engagement for more information (


The Lectures

Howard Gardner will discuss his most recent book, Five Minds for the Future, which outlines the specific cognitive abilities that will be sought and cultivated by leaders in the years ahead: the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind. He will focus on how these can be developed in schools, and the role of the digital media in nurturing these minds.

Michael Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, will deliver a talk called “A Balanced Diet for the Mind: A Creative Pedagogical Cookbook for the 21st Century.” Geisen says, “We all know that our public education system is out of balance with the needs of children, the culture of our communities, and the demands of the global world we inhabit.” On October 8, he will share how he creates a more balanced pedagogical diet for his students that is not only healthier for their bodies and minds, but also meets the needs of his widely diverse students.  By offering a balance of factual, analytical, practical and creative educational cuisines, teachers can inspire children to try new foods, and ultimately to cook for themselves.

Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. The event will be moderated by Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director, MetroArts Inc.

Speaker Biographies

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Among numerous honors, Gardner is the recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship (often called the “genius grant”). He has been called one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. The author of 25 books translated into 28 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

Michael Geisen is the 2008 National Teacher of the Year and a 7th-grade science teacher at Crook County Middle School in Prineville, Oregon. He has become a spokesperson for education, teaching educators, policy-makers, and business people around the world about high-quality teaching and learning. His creative and humorous approach has been widely acclaimed for helping people of all ages understand and apply big concepts in education and science. At the White House award ceremony in 2008, Geisen made a case for classroom creativity over a testing regimen: “So often in public education, we squander this creativity, we squander the entrepreneurial spirit of children because we place such a high value on being right all the time.” He is a former forester.

Event Sponsors

Sponsored by MetroArts Inc., Young Audiences of Oregon, and the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling Center for Community Engagement. Collaborators who have helped to produce this event include, but are not limited to: PNCA, The Opal School, PSU, the University of Oregon School of Education, the Canoe Group and Marta Mellinger, Portland Business Journal and Craig Wessel, OHSU’s Brain Institute, and the Oregon Arts Commission, among others.