Two Summit students attend Creative Problem Solving Institute

Two Summit students attend Creative Problem Solving Institute

Elizabeth Klocek and Owen McEachern pause for a snapshot between workshops at the Creative Problem Solving Institute.

Summit Country Day School fourth grader Elizabeth Klocek and seventh grader Owen McEachern attended the “YouthWise" program of the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) in Buffalo, NY this summer.

CPSI’s summer program focuses on deliberate creativity, innovation and leadership change. The YouthWise program builds lifelong learning skills. Participants explore creative thinking and the thrill of solving challenges. They are taught how to separate divergent and convergent thinking skills and express themselves through music, art and skits. Because participants came from France, Singapore, Canada and Israel and other parts of the world, students could connect with a globally diverse group.

Owen’s mother and The Summit’s Curriculum and Instruction Director, Kirstin McEachern, Ph.D., and Elizabeth’s mother, Priya Klocek, a Summit Board of Trustees member, attended the adult CPSI program.

“It was a weeklong intensive conference on learning the steps, skills and virtues of creative problem solving, which are critical for our students in today’s global economy,” Dr. McEachern said.