Welcome to the CLI Blog!

The Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) is transforming education in Austin Independent School District by ensuring that every student benefits from the arts and creative learning in and out of school. CLI's collective impact model addresses teaching and learning, promotes leadership and effective policy, provides resources, and enhances partnerships and communication across the community. The Creative Learning Initiative is … Continue reading Welcome to the CLI Blog!

Congratulations to our 2020 Creative Learning Ambassadors!

This National Arts in Education Week, we celebrate our Creative Learning Initiative Ambassadors, Austin Independent School District teachers nominated by principals to honor their creative leadership in school year 2019-20. Creative Learning Ambassadors create the kinds of classrooms we all admire: active, engaged, demanding, inquisitive places that value all students' contributions. These teacher-leaders represent the … Continue reading Congratulations to our 2020 Creative Learning Ambassadors!

Spice Cabinet Stories, Part II: Hot Seating Interview

Several weeks ago, we shared a learning at-home activity, Spice Cabinet Stories, on this blog. It's time to reach into your spice cabinet (drawer, shelf, baggie) again for another round! This at-home learning activity uses the Creative Teaching strategy Hot Seating. You'll create and interview a character based on a spice. Watch this video for … Continue reading Spice Cabinet Stories, Part II: Hot Seating Interview

Learning At-Home Activity Handouts: Drama and Visual Art

Not all students have access to Internet at home. To contribute to the Austin ISD at-home learning packets that are being mailed to students across the district, we've created simple handouts. Thanks to the support of the Multilingual Education Team, these handouts are in both Spanish and English. In case Austin ISD educators and families … Continue reading Learning At-Home Activity Handouts: Drama and Visual Art

National Poetry Month: Langston Hughes’s ASK YOUR MAMA and Soundtrack

Suggested audience: High schoolers, their families, and educatorsSubject areas: Fine Arts, Language Arts (book incorporates Spanish and French idioms), Social Studies (many figures from and music and locations of the Black Diaspora, US history)Creative Teaching strategy discussed: Soundtrack Background about ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for Jazz Langston Hughes's ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Langston Hughes’s ASK YOUR MAMA and Soundtrack