About the Community for Creativity
The Community for Creativity initiative highlights the vision of Fayette County Public Schools to create a learning environment “where excellence and creativity merge.” Rising Starr Middle School piloted the first school-wide model in 2018 with the second and third locations opening at Flat Rock Middle School in fall 2019 and Peeples Elementary School in fall 2020. All three communities focus on the creation of new and original ideas and content, with the instructional approach varying by location along with program offerings that are unique to that campus.
Georgia boasts one of the most vibrant and robust creative economies in the nation, representing over $37 billion in annual revenue and $62.5 billion in total economic impact (Georgia Department of Economic Development, 2019). To meet this growing need, Fayette County Public Schools formed the Community for Creativity to prepare students to become leaders in our world-class economy. Students leverage their creativity as a key asset in all subjects, exploring where academics, the arts, technology and business intersect.
A primary focus of the initiative is to develop and support a student’s ability to create original ideas, concepts, and content. Classroom conversations change from “What are we learning about?” to “What are we creating today?”
The Community for Creativity prioritizes creative thinking and transfer of knowledge using four key components:
Enabling future ready, creative problem solvers.
We promote a risk-friendly environment that imagines, creates, plays, shares and refines as part of the learning process. Students create new ideas, solutions, and content in hands-on, minds-on classrooms that value originality.
Valuing effective communicators and collaborators.
Encouraging continuous reflection, students share ideas with others and value multiple perspectives. Students transfer and apply knowledge across subjects, connecting to the community and world outside the school building.
In conjunction with a standards based curriculum, STEAM and/or Arts Integration encourages originality, risk-taking, imagination, and persistence. Classroom walls are expanded through project-based learning which allows students to explore and experience the world around them.
Students grow to respect and value the differences in others and work collaboratively to build a supportive culture where creativity can flourish. Flexible scheduling promotes implementation of cross-departmental projects and initiatives, focusing on an inclusive whole-child education that promotes social and emotional growth.
Mutually beneficial partnerships are formed throughout the community with creative industry professionals. Formation of these partnerships support individualized educational opportunities for students, increasing motivation through connections to people, places, and experiences that matter to them. Industry partners benefit from deeper understanding of public school education, and how the formation of public/private partnerships can prepare the future workforce of creative professionals.