Six Bexley City School District faculty members participated in the 2011-12 Columbus Museum of Art's Teaching for Creativity Institute.

Six Bexley City School District faculty members participated in the 2011-12 Columbus Museum of Art's Teaching for Creativity Institute.

They are Nate Maier from Bexley Middle School; Viki Rogers and Becky Liefeld from Montrose Elementary; Jeanette Kuder and Stacy Bell from Cassingham Elementary; and Susan Walker, school district occupational therapist.

The teachers were "part of a select cohort of educators from across central Ohio who have demonstrated commitment to fostering creativity" in their students, classrooms, and schools, according to Jessimi Jones, the museum's Educator for Teacher and School Partnerships.

The institute met July 18-21, with three Saturday sessions planned that will occur during the next school year. The teachers receive graduate credits from Ashland University for their work with the institute.

According to Jones, the teachers involved in the Institute "believe that creativity is essential to education and want to incorporate it into (their) classroom experiences." They become part of a community of learners who develop creative, engaging learning experiences for their students and receive training and support from Columbus Museum of art staff and educational experts, she said.