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Jessika Richter
Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

Lincoln Center Institute

Lincoln Center Institute

Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a leading organization in developing skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation, with over 35 years of experience. Since LCI's inception, its work has reached 22 million students around the world, as well as educators, arts administrators and organizations, and professional teaching colleges, bringing the arts into the classroom as a springboard for inspiration and critical thinking. LCI has created the Capacities for Imaginative Learning as the framework for its practice, applicable to all curricular subjects. The Capacities can operate as both strategies for, and outcomes of, study according to LCI's method. LCI offers world-class professional development and has started a number of schools whose curriculum is entirely based on its principles of imaginative learning.


Imagination in the 21st Century

Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) believes that students need skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation in order to prosper in today's world, as individuals and as workers. In a new century marked by globalization, rapid technological development, and widespread access to information, knowledge is no longer enough to enable us to reach for success. Rather, how we utilize knowledge is more important now than ever before.

Skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation enable students to visualize new possibilities, act on their ideas, and, ultimately, bring new solutions to the world's problems. Most significantly, these skills can, as LCI has learned from its nearly four decades of research and practice, be taught in schools.

LCI's recognition of the challenges of the 21st century, along with our belief that the current education system is not preparing students to meet them, fuels our commitment to imaginative learning. It is a practice capable of transforming young people into the thinkers and doers of tomorrow.    

Imaginative Learning

LCI's method, which we call imaginative learning, begins with the arts as a medium to develop cognitive skills. LCI does not "teach art." Rather, we believe that our method of investigating artworks, and the capacities learned in the process, apply to all learning. The questioning system used by LCI teaching artists when exploring a painting may be the perfect way for teachers to help students approach problems in mathematics, reading, or any other subject.

With that in mind, LCI has developed the Capacities for Imaginative Learning, which help students (and teachers) understand why the study of works of art through imaginative learning is central to their education. The 10 Capacities, which include Noticing Deeply, Questioning, and Making Connections, are deliberately not called "knowledge" or "skills"to indicate that imaginative learning is inexhaustible.

The Capacities for Imaginative Learning are aligned with the national Common Core Standards. Young people who acquire the Capacities are able to apply them in their other academic subjects and in their lives.

Imagination Lesson Plans

LCI's inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning informs the design and content of our Imagination Lesson Plans, which develop in students the Capacities for Imaginative Learning, defined outcomes that align with the national Common Core Standards.

Rooted in the study of works of art, the Imagination Lesson Plans employ four main concepts: art-making, questioning, reflection, and contextual information and research. Each Lesson Plan is based on a specific line of inquiry, a guiding question that gives it its structure.

The Imagination Lesson Plans have been designed for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Their purpose is to develop imaginative thinking abilities and creative actions that lead to innovative results for all students, and prepare them for greater in-depth learning in all subject areas.

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Arts > Dance
Arts > Film
Arts > Music
Arts > Photography
Arts > Technology
Arts > Visual Arts
Education > Standards Alignment
Education > Teaching Techniques/Best Practices
Educational Technology
Educational Technology > Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Educational Technology > Using Multimedia & the Internet
Language Arts
Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
Language Arts > Literature
Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
Language Arts > Research
Language Arts > Writing
Kindergarten-Grade 2 / Ages 5-7
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10
Grades 6-8 / Ages 11-13
Grades 9-10 / Ages 14-16
Grades 11-12 / Ages 16-18

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