Are you looking for a new way to stay connected and find strategies to bring into your classroom? Whether you’re teaching remotely, in a hybrid model, or in a traditional classroom this year there is a new program design for educators. It’s for educators who are passionate about creativity in the classroom. In this blog post, I’ll tell you all about becoming an Adobe Creative Educator. And we’ll talk about what it means to be part of this new community!
Regular readers of the blog know that I love the Adobe Spark tools. I’ve worked with their team, and wrote a book about using Adobe Spark in the classroom. I’ve even shared my experiences at their on-site events like Adobe Max. So when I heard about the new Adobe Creative Educator program, I couldn’t wait to dive in. And of course I want to tell you all about it, too!
Adobe Creative Educator Program
This month marks the official launch of the Adobe Creative Educator program. This new program from Adobe is all about creating a community for educators. It focuses on creativity with students but isn’t just for art teachers. This program is designed for educators in every subject area. It provides this group with access to a new community and lots of professional development resources.
There are lots of reasons to explore the program, and I want to give you an overview of four core areas. I think of these as the reasons or the values of becoming an Adobe Creative Educator. Let’s jump into the list!
First up, the Adobe Creative Educator program is all about community. Within this virtual space you are able to connect with other educators who are excited about creativity in the classroom. In addition to creating a community that is all about growing your network, the community also includes members of the Adobe team.
As part of this community, you’ll have access to some of the resources I mention below. But if you’ve ever been part of a community before you know that the power is in the people. You can locate like-minded educators, who are also passionate about topics like creativity. It can help you find folks who give you ideas, become thought partners, and help you reach your goals.
It’s sometimes hard to believe that I first connected with other members of the Adobe Creative Educator program in virtual spaces. Instead of working together in a formal environment or on a school campus, many of the members of this program and I first connected over social media. We participated in Twitter chats, we shared resources and ideas and I’m so excited that this community is expanding to include so many educators who are passionate about creativity in education.
Free Lessons and Resources
In addition to access to the special community, members of the Adobe Creative Educator program will also receive access to free lessons and resources. These resources are designed for educators to tailor to their group of students, and are friendly for different subject areas. The idea behind these resources is to give you strategies and tools that you can customize to the needs of your students.
When it comes to finding high-quality lessons and resources, the team at Adobe has lots for you to explore. I’ve helped them create some of the lesson plans that you can find on their Education Exchange, and I’m really excited about the resources that connect to this program. Sometimes the idea of creativity in the classroom can feel like it’s hard to wrap your head around. In the resources that this program has created, you’ll find ways to make creativity a part of everything that you do throughout the school year.
In addition to regular online events, there is something really special happening at the end of July that you’re invited to as well. The Adobe Education Summit is open to anyone who wants to join, including members of the Adobe Creative Educator program. This event will take place across multiple days and has speakers with a variety of backgrounds.
I’m excited to share a session on one of the days. My session focuses on creative ways to use the Spark tools across the content areas. Although regular readers on the blog know how much I love Spark, you’ll find lots of other content to explore during the special event. So if you are new to moviemaking in the classroom, have heard of a tool like Rush and want to learn more, or interested in the ways that educators are supporting creativity throughout remote learning initiatives, this event is definitely one to add to your schedule. Use this link to grab your spot at the Adobe Education Summit this July.
Earn PD Credit
As part of the Adobe Creative Educator program you can also earn professional development credit for participating in particular events. Why might this come in handy? I can speak from my own experience as a classroom teacher. Not only were we required to log professional development hours throughout the school year, but I also used professional development credits to move through the salary scale.
Earning PD credit had a clear impact on my own professional learning. I love programs that offer professional development credit. Sometimes it’s required by schools and districts. But often these programs encourage you to create artifacts and bring back your own ideas into future discussions around the topic.
Are you ready to join the Adobe Creative Educator program? Head over to this landing page to learn more. Make sure to sign up for an Adobe Education Exchange account, too. This way that you can access lesson plans, resources, and more ideas related to creativity in the classroom!