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National Summit to Promote Role of Imagination in Schools
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Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Well, an upcoming conference dubbed the Imagination Summit will explore ways to make imagination an integral part of American education. Speakers at the two-day event in New York City bring expertise in a variety of sectors, from education and science to business and the arts.
"Imagination—the ability to visualize new possibilities—is a skill that can and must be taught to students at every level," said Scott Noppe-Brandon, the executive director of the Lincoln Center Institute, in a recent press release. The institute, which is the educational arm of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is organizing the summit.
The goal of the two-day event, Noppe-Brandon said, is to create an action plan for cultivating imaginative thinking in schools. This apparently will include a specific set of new initiatives to "spur the growth of imagination, creativity, and innovation" in the United States, the press release says.
The lead sponsors for the July 21-22 summit are the Walt Disney Company and the National Education Association.