The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

Creative Leadership Class Starts Off With a Bang!

(Welcome to “The Idea Hive” – Where Creative Savants Survive and Thrive)
Creative Leadership – (OSI) Opportunities for Social Innovation
“Define your role and take control of your own education.”

“Opportunity knocks. The time is now for you to act. The timing could not better. Your voice can contribute a major verse in helping to bring awareness to the much needed change of dialogue as it relates to educational practices. You will lead because you are capable. You are free from the burdens which oftentimes hinder holistic student-centered learning. You are encouraged to use your talents without fear of failure, judgment, or skepticism. You are being given the freedom to learn what you want, when you want, and how you want. You are encouraged to explore your interests in a supportive and nurturing environment. You are invited to remain actively engage in shaping your education, and in essence your future, while bettering society in the process.
You will make a positive impact because your intuition moves you to do the right thing. You will help to tell the story moving forward in efforts of impacting and changing lives. You will be a positive contributor who understands the importance of creating a culture where shared knowledge and shared success will more often than not equate to self-confidence, self-empowerment, and self-worth. You will give a voice to those students who are lacking the opportunity to be heard. You will work together to create amazing learning opportunities as part of an unrelenting swarm of talented individuals who will transform education and pollinate the minds of those who hinder progress.”

Students of “The Idea Hive” will:

Explore, research, reflect, collaborate, communicate, network, produce, engage, create, motivate, offer solutions, inspire, remain curious, ask plentiful questions, stay positive, remain on task, take risks, be supportive, maintain an aggressive work ethic, challenge, live and learn “Outside of the Box”, embrace diverse thought, contribute, share, document progress, and celebrate multiple successes both on an individual and collective basis.
Students will also be held accountable for:
• maintaining high work expectations for themselves as well as others in the class
• moving forward in a timely fashion while showing progress on a weekly basis,
• utilizing time wisely as it relates to self-defined work, research, and inquiry
• creating meaningful to-do list prioritizing tasks and initiatives,
• working with and utilizing resources, people, and organizations to enhance learning
• establishing relationships, creating opportunities, networking, and remaining sensitive to the world in which we live
• using technology to document personal growth as well as the overall academic and social growth of “The Idea Hive” as it relates to creative and innovative initiatives and content
Creative Leadership OSI is a project-based class which requires students to take a hands on approach to learning and discovery. Students will create their own learning environment, be held accountable to time management with high regard to applying their learning in a variety of ways in a variety of environments while engaging in a multitude of tasks relating to their specified interests, passion, and choice of “knowledge seeking” activities and initiatives.

“The Idea Hive” is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment where students are encouraged to bring their own electronic devices in order to better assist in the learning and discovery elements of the class. Students are highly encouraged to use these devices when researching and seeking answers to unknown questions, preparing for presentations, sharing information, promoting successes, creating, composing, etc..,. ***Any misuse of these devices however other than for the information directly related to “Idea Hive” learning will result in loss of privileges including being dismissed from the creative environment and potentially even removal from the course.
STUDENTS WILL NOT DO OTHER HOMEWORK (Doing other homework in “The Idea Hive” will result in removal for the current and/or following day. Do not fall victim to the procrastination temptation of doing anything other than the work directly relating “The Idea Hive”)
Resources include but are not limited to:
 iPhones
 iPads
 Chrome Books
 Laptops
 Mobile Devices
 Video Cameras
 Digital Cameras
 LinkedIn
 LinkedIn Pulse
 Twitter
 Instagram
 Skype
 Face Time
 TED Talks
 Edutopia
 Huffington Post Education
 Innovation
 Go Fund Me
 Kickstarter
 SnagIt (TechSmith)
 Camtasia (TechSmith)
 Flipboard
 iTunesU
 Eventbrite
 Blogs
 Google Hangout
 Fast Company Magazine
 Wired Magazine
 Inc. Magazine
 Lansing Business Monthly
 Endless supply of DCG and USCG resources, contacts, networks, and knowledge waiting to be utilized

Students will be introduced to and study the following:
 Social Innovation Practices
 Creative Industries
 Cultural Diversity
 Societal Trends and Behaviors Regarding Community Enhancement Programs, Urban Revitalization Efforts, and Non-Profit Organizations
 Economic Development Practices
 Educational Technology Resources
 Creative Problem Solving
 Creativity in Any Form
 Social Networking Opportunities
 Educational Outreach Initiatives
 Community Building Initiatives
 Leadership Practices
 Entrepreneurialism
 Service Learning Organizations
 Integrated Technology and Utilization as it pertains to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Learning Environment
 The 21st Century Learning Skills
 The Power of Networking
 Utilizing Shared Knowledge and Resources to Create Social Change


Students will work to gather testimonial data, document the progress of both self and class, provide personalized portfolios and/or deliverables that will serve as evidence in documenting personalized growth.

Students will work together to address the following qualities which oftentimes get ignored or are not so easily measured:
 Creativity, Curiosity, Courage, Humor, Empathy, Motivation, Trust,

 Resilience, Self-Discipline, Determination, Fearlessness, Inventiveness, Resourcefulness,

 Enthusiasm, Leadership, Accountability, Adaptability, Sense of Empowerment,

 Civic Awareness, Big Picture Thinking, Divergent Thinking, and “Out-of-the-Box” Thinking
Students will:
• Be expected to keep an “Inspirational Idea Journal” that will store every thought, idea, contact, brainstorm, doodle, reflection, rough draft, notes, possibilities, etc.., Although much may be stored electronically, a shared “journal of possibilities” must be kept and serve as a quick glance of projects and progress
• Be asked to do something “Amazing” – Students will define what they believe this is an will be inspired by internal and external possibilities that may lead them to acting upon, creating, and delivering something “Amazing”
• Provide plentiful feedback to fellow students, (communications/idea board, notes of encouragement, etc..,)
• Create their own LinkedIn account as well as their own business cards, webpage, and updated resume
• Use all aspects of communication to pursue self-guided, self-paced, and self-driven research relating to approved topics of interests (This may include extensive research of one topic or a multitude of topics – pending individual interests and allocated time)
• Be a regular contributors to class Twitter account @creativeOSI – This will provide textual evidence relating to student interests, inquiries, and links to valuable resources.
• Be a regular contributor to the class Instagram account – This will provide visual documentation and evidence of the activities, events, and initiatives as they play out throughout the term
• Partake in school and/or community enhancement projects (This may result in and individual effort or a collaborative effort defined by individuals working collectively)
• Will be responsible for participating and supporting a Civic/Social Service Learning Initiative on a larger scale with hopes of enhancing a particular place, event, business, group, or organization. -

-(Examples might include assisting with the Positive News Campaign – an initiative to provide media outlets with positive stories pertaining to young people, education, and beyond or possibly the American Innovation Party (AIP) – an initiative for young people to reach out to political candidates in hopes of igniting dialogue pertaining to a candidates’ views on creativity and innovation as they pertain to economic development, the future of education, community enhancement programs, etc..,)
• Be responsible for communicating with and hosting a guest speaker at the high school (This may be for a variety of reasons however students must make a clear and justified pitch prior to booking the talent in order to define intended audience, time, location, connection, message of content, etc..,)
• Be sensitive to “curriculum connections” as well and the potential options for sharing knowledge, networks, and opportunities as they arise
• Present their “final deliverables” to an audience toward the end of the class (This will be a chance for students to display, discuss, and reflect on their experiences throughout the term. Students can creativity express their progress while providing sufficient evidence to help clarify their journey of exploration and discovery)

NOTE: “Grading Practices” will be directly linked to the following:
“Broader Connections Rubric” --- Creating globally aware students who use technology and 21st Century learning skills to make real world connections while staying sensitive to the original lesson presented. This concept pushes students to become aware of the ever-changing society, make relevant and meaningful connections and allows students to seek and share newly discovered knowledge thus, changing their role from student to teacher “Transformative Eight” – These eight simple steps help to promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity in transforming students into articulate teachers “Reverse Grading” – Students will not be marked down for missing or incorrect work, but rather they will be rewarded for supplying evidence toward positive growth, showing risk-taking efforts, ability to make adjustments, gathering, adding to, elaborating on, explaining, drawing conclusions, creating, and reflecting u