Welcome to The Raising Creative Thinkers Academy.
Find research based help to stimulate learning:
Basic plan - workshop recording + 6 simple implementation tools (Scroll down to learn more).
Prime plan - Same workshop recording + 15 tools and resources (Scroll down to learn more).
New offer: Explore, Grow and Inspire
Align Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) by arising curiosity for science in language arts lessons, building motivation for science education. In the meantime, help children treasure literature and art by nurturing their love for nature. Promote the 4 c's (critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration) by this bundle in class and/or online.
Exploring the world around us and the world within us - Bring nature to life and instigate enquiry. Help students discover scientific phenomena, nature and environment by Raising Creative Thinkers' literature weaved with art that children love. Invite learners to express ideas in conversations or in writing based on questions Google cannot answer and surprising prompts provided in the PDFs. Use these resources to nurture and guide project-based learning. In the process, foster social-emotional skills, amplify students' individual strengths, and promote language proficiency. Students love elevating their own ideas into writing tasks shining with grammar and vocabulary excellence.
Growing as 21st century teachers - New methods might seem intimidating at first. This bundle includes product training and helpful tools, making teaching simple and fruitful. Learn to identify students' unique gifts to respond to personal interests and needs, promoting equity.
Inspiring creative learning experiences - Make learning fun and relevant for today's students, providing opportunities for comprehensive understanding and original applications of content.
Grade level: K-8, primary, elementary, special and gifted education.
Three Raising Creative Thinkers books in PDF format:
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World - STEAM learning materials for a whole year.
The Raising Creative Thinkers Series: Problem Solvers, Conflict Managers and Communicators - Guide students to solve problem creatively inspired by a story of a dispute in the animal world solved by the birds' king. Then promote creative problem solving while introducing structural coloration.
Anti-Bullying STEAM Curriculum - Some lessons are best learned from nature. Build students' prosocial behavior based on a food chain story.
Product Training which includes a stimulating workshop recording + implementation tools:
The Creative Environment Check-List - What to focus on to build a creative and safe environment in class.
The Pearl Expressions for Creative Conversations - Sentence starters to help students communicate and express.
Project-Based Learning, Reviewing Progress and Creative Problem-Solving Kit - a coloring pages kit to help students develop products and to assess students learning.
Identifying Gifts and Fulfilling Potential Kit - Deepening the understanding of each student's interests and needs to promote individual creative potentials.
The Stone-Heart and The Tree-Heart Instant Meditations coloring pages - Recharging to engage students in creative teaching.
Bonus - PDF of the The Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook -
Tips and Inspiration + an appendix offering immersing lessons plans about:
Heavy and Light in Science and in art
The greenhouse effect
The center of gravity
The handicap principle.
Raising Creative thinkers' resources are based on conversations with Dr, Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute, Israel. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of this field worldwide. Director, Michelle Korenfeld, is a lifelong creativity educator, 21st century curriculum developer, facilitator, author, poet and painter.
Teach Best 2020-1 - Exclusive research based strategy articles supporting in times of change. Already available:
1. Workshop Recording
Take a glimpse into creative children's minds - endless possibilities, incredible associations and surprising mediations between details and ideas, to turn those innate traits into social-emotional skills.
Surprise yourself by specifying your challenge as an educator.
Be ignited by a short video of inspiring art to slide up a simple process and reach a to the point plan for fulfilling your goal.
Grow as a mentor by the Tree-Heart and Stone-Heart instant meditations.
Combine intuition and mind to Identify yours and the children’s gifts based on the 21st century skills and the multiple intelligences.
Outline what to do to fulfill those gifts.
Discover STEAM learning, leadership teaching and education innovation with new eyes.
Be empowered by the creativity forever magic.
The workshop offers 2 processes of planning how to meet your challenge and of outlining how to fulfill creative gifts
for yourself and for the students.
Heartwarming paintings will connect you with inner strengths to grow as a creativity and excellence inspiring educator.
STEAM ideas will ignite you to nurture children’s curiosity. Therefore, students will bond with you with grateful hearts. Moreover, you will learn to see qualities where you saw flaws, in yourself and in the children. You will discover creative strategies to support students in both classical and 21st century learning, which will help you grow a caring, creative and communicative environment around you.
By the end it will be clear how the 5 E’s method helps promote social-emotional skills and educate in a project-based learning approach. Since the method is child centered and based on a caring approach, it will make learners smile at you enjoying cooperating and studying toward better scores.
Discover this strategy to make education fun, stimulating, relevant, effective, and most of all – creative.
This workshop replay is of a zoom session that took place on May, 2020. It offers hope for educators dealing with dynamic change.
Your host - Michelle Korenfeld
Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator, Amazon author, 21st century learning curriculum developer, facilitator, painter and poet, whose purpose is nurturing curiosity in children’s hearts and minds.
Engage yourself in the workshop recording to be inspired by this highly creative person. Michelle's lifelong research has brought about this inspirational workshop.
Deep-dive into teaching and educating today's brighter than ever kids for future readiness.
Michelle's STEAM book, Creative Children Like the Animals of the World and her Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook are based on her teaching at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Excellence and Creativity in Tel-Aviv.
Scientifically, Michelle's materials are based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and the Science Oriented Youth Department in the Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.
Michelle believes that all children need and deserve the kind of education gifted students experienced in those institutes for the past 40-50 years. Alumni of the courses in those two establishments became leaders of their fields of expertise in Israel and globally. They said
it all began at those courses, where they were given the opportunity to explore, experience
and express. Curiosity to develop projects was ignited. Overwhelming emotions and behaviors were balanced. And social-emotional skills were nurtured to bring success.
"Excellent, well planned, good details."
"She is a very special creative leader."
"The only Wow I gave."
"Michelle has a very absorbing way of speaking, illustrating
and engaging her audience.
I learned, laughed and was amazed."
Participants in Michelle Korenfeld's workshops at the Creative Problem Solving Institute 2019,
The University at Buffalo, NY.
Ellen Koronet, LNK Creative, from Michelle's workshop
at the Florida Creativity Conference 2017.
2.a. Bonus tools for PBL & SEL by 5 E's Basic + Prime +
Explore, Grow & Inspire:
2.b. Bonus tools for Prime plan only:
Anti-Bullying STEAM Program -
Help children gain self-confidence in themselves and with others, ignited by the animal world. Identifying with the story “In the Shade of an Old Tree” the children are invited to provide their own advice on how to regulate emotions and behavior, becoming better friends. Coloring and drawings inspired by the prompts they embrace a shield against bullying ignited by their own advice.
Engage students with experiential activities and musical fun. Teach kids without them noticing about the food chain. Nurture curiosity introducing terms like diversity and relativity. Instill values of protecting nature and send the message that we need to proactively protect our mates and handle relationships with care.
Empower those that need to become assertive, and balance those that tend toward aggression. Invite the kids into an adventure of discovery for an anti-bullying education, or should we say proactive behavior education, that lasts.
This social emotional learning tool is a 41 pages PDF in letter format. It offers several engaging lesson plans. You can use the download to print and copy the coloring pages for your students, and to show the paintings as a presentation or as laminated teaching aids.
The Win-Win Solution - Your own bonus project based learning unit from The Pillars of Leadership program - Teaching elementary students leadership by 5 C’s: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and most of all…Curiosity!
This project will help you build a safe and collaborative learning environment.
It offers 2 lesson plans. Based on the story Compare, Compete and Cooperate, the students are ignited with social emotional and leadership skills and inspired to enact a play with their suggested solutions.