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Renewing Creativity in the Classroom

Renewing Creativity in the Classroom

August 12, 2021

In the final installment of our three-part series reflecting on the past year, Tacy is joined by Adobe Education Curriculum Lead, Brian Johnsrud, to discuss ways to implement lessons learned. They discuss how to build community, apply creative instructional strategies that inspire student agency and instill a love of learning itself. 

To wrap up season one, Tacy also invites back design consultant and educator, Rebecca Hare, who shares an easy, creative project that taps into what inspires teachers and setting intentions. She encourages them to identify what matters most and hit reset. With an eye to the future, Tacy’s guests offer an optimistic outlook and tools for reflection to help educators start the new year feeling more grounded and refreshed.

Connect with Tacy on Twitter @tacytrow, Brian Johnsrud @brianedtech and Rebecca Hare @RebeccaLouHare. Also please share your ideas for future episodes and guests.

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  • To explore Brian’s quick ideas for inspiration, check out free, ready for the classroom resources that combine Khan Academy content with creative activities. Teach Creativity with Adobe & Khan Academy | Adobe Education Exchange.
  • Try a short creative project by remixing your own “Inspiration” poster here.
  • Find Rebecca’s book, The Space: A Guide for Educators at her website, and her conversation with Tacy on episode three of The Creative Educator podcast.
Educators on Hope and a Transformative Year

Educators on Hope and a Transformative Year

June 30, 2021

In the second of our three-part season finale, Tacy speaks with educators about what they learned from a year of immense change and the lessons they’re carrying forward. 

  • Michael Hernandez, a media arts teacher, shares how distance learning put a spotlight on longstanding issues and offered solutions for more inclusive pedagogy. 
  • High school librarian, Indira Chakrabarti, describes navigating uncertainty and developing resilience. 
  • Michelle Dennis, head of digital across a six campus school in Australia, explores encouraging student-led learning and the importance of giving choice.
  • Abby Guido, assistant professor of graphic and interactive design, shares how she connected with students while teaching from afar.
  • Associate director of learning experience, Holly Johnson, talks about reimagining curriculum to build creative confidence and foster community.    

Together, they discuss broad themes we heard about this year - struggling to teach during a pandemic, finding new ways to build connection, confronting inequity, developing creative and digital skills, and deepening and adapting teaching practices.

And importantly, they share their hopes for the future.  

Connect with Tacy on Twitter @tacytrow, Michael Hernandez @cinehead and Michelle Dennis @michelledennis. You can find Abby Guido and Indira Chakrabarti on LinkedIn and learn more about Holly Johnson’s work here

Higher Education Beyond the Pandemic

Higher Education Beyond the Pandemic

May 27, 2021

As the school year comes to a close, the education community has an opportunity to reflect on how the monumental shifts and the day-to-day reality of teaching and learning during the pandemic has reshaped the industry.  

To help process these existential and broad-sweeping changes, Tacy is joined by Ian Wilhelm, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and host of the Chronicle’s webinar series. With more than 20 years of experience covering higher education, nonprofits and philanthropy, Ian helps synthesize the most critical trends and information for colleges as they navigate crisis and redefine what success looks like for students, faculty and institutions.  

Their conversation raises questions like, how will we support those disproportionally disrupted by the past year in the process of rebuilding? And, what lessons will we take forward and what short-term solutions should we leave behind? One truth becomes clear: Continued transformation is guaranteed and will require the creativity and collaboration of all. 

Connect with Tacy Trowbridge @tacytrow on Twitter and Ian via LinkedIn here.

Creating the Future: Why Creative Students Make the Best Job Candidates

Creating the Future: Why Creative Students Make the Best Job Candidates

May 13, 2021

Employers need a workforce that can invent the future, not just maintain the status quo. Research shows that they’re increasingly looking for applicants with key skills like problem solving and creativity who can complete the task at hand while finding innovative solutions for new business challenges. Leveraging her 15+ year experience transforming Adobe’s business, Mala Sharma, VP & GM, Creative Cloud Product Marketing, Community & Digital Media Education joins Tacy to discuss the skills that will serve students best as they begin the job search, building on their unique strengths and helping them communicate their value to the world. 


From charting her own non-linear career path to leading teams and hiring new colleagues at every level, Mala offers a candid industry perspective on what makes a student successful as they enter the world of work. She also shares how  Adobe is partnering with schools, governments and other edtech companies to create broader access to creative tools that support critical skills development, underscoring that the most important factor of effective education begins with empowering educators.  


Connect with Tacy on Twitter @tacytrow and follow Mala @Malasharma on Twitter and LinkedIn



  • Explore creative learning content from Adobe and Khan Academy on the Adobe Education Exchange.
  • Read Mala’s interview with Protocol on creativity and the future of learning here
  • Learn more about Mala’s teaching sabbatical in India on her blog


Check out more insights about the demand for creative skills from Adobe’s study, Get Hired: The Importance of Creative and Soft Skills.

How to Launch Students into Work They Love

How to Launch Students into Work They Love

April 8, 2021

We know creative skills are essential for students to find success in their careers and in their lives, but what does it look like to foster them in higher education? Tacy is joined by Stephen Marshall, a professor at East Tennessee State University, and his former student, Richard Amoako, to discuss how to execute hands-on learning experiences that inspire students to reach their creative potential and ultimately find meaningful work.  

Tapping into Stephen’s expertise as an educator and brand strategist plus Richard’s experience as a recent graduate, this conversation reveals best practices for “real-world” assignments that make a lasting impact, how to bridge the gap between industry and academia and which credentials matter most for life after college. 

Stay in touch with Tacy on Twitter @tacytrow and connect with Stephen and Richard on LinkedIn.

Learning Spaces That Inspire

Learning Spaces That Inspire

February 4, 2021

How does your space affect your ability to teach, learn or work? Check out Tacy’s conversation with Rebecca Hare, an educator and design consultant, about redesigning classrooms to enhance student learning and promote creativity. 


Discover the impacts that classroom setup - physical and remote - can have on students and easy shifts you can make today to optimize learning experiences. Rebecca offers tips on how to build environments that foster an inclusive classroom culture where students have agency and autonomy to determine how they learn best - even if that means reading under the table. 


We’re all designers, whether we realize it or not. Learn how to create your space with purpose no matter where you teach or what budget you’re working with.

Connect with Tacy Trowbridge on Twitter @tacytrow and keep up with today’s guest, Rebecca Hare, at @RebeccaLouHare.

Changing Worlds: College to Career

Changing Worlds: College to Career

February 4, 2021

How is higher education changing? The pandemic accentuated important questions about the role of colleges in preparing students for a rapidly evolving future. Tacy is joined by New York Times bestselling author, journalist and education thought leader, Jeff Selingo, to discuss insights from his latest book, Who Gets in and Why, and explore some of the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

In addition to Adobe’s recent research into the importance of essential creative skills in student success, Tacy and Jeff discuss his extensive investigation on today’s admissions process. Jeff answers questions such as: How can colleges adapt to stay relevant? What skills and experiences provide the most value to students after graduation? And, what role do creative skills play in both college admissions and life-long success? 

Connect with Tacy Trowbridge on Twitter @tacytrow and follow Jeff’s latest work by following @jselingo.

2020: Education in Design Mode

2020: Education in Design Mode

October 25, 2020

Welcome to The Creative Educator Podcast! In this first episode you’ll hear from Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), about the challenges and opportunities facing education during a global pandemic. Richard calls on us to reimagine how to use technology in education and to teach the creative skills that help us adapt and survive. Most importantly, he reminds us why we should be hopeful about the future of education amid rapid transitions.

Follow Tacy Trowbridge on Twitter @tacytrow and keep up with today’s guest Richard Culatta at @rec54. Learn more about how to inspire creativity for the next generation on the Adobe Education Exchange,

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