Gwyn Wansbrough is the Executive Director of Partners for Youth Empowerment who work to bring more arts and creativity into all kinds of educational settings. Here, we talk about her work, her personal journey, and a range of inspiring organisations and approaches.

If the conversation inspires you to bring some more creativity into your own education work, PYE runs excellent facilitator trainings, partners with schools to make classrooms more creative and shares a range of free training resources online. As it is a specific favourite of both Gwyn and me, we discuss Theatre of the Oppressed in the conversation - if you are keen to learn more and use that in your work, Augusto Boal's book Games for Actors and Non-Actors is a fantastic resource.

Other organisations that Gwyn recommended people interested in this space should check out include UWC, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Greater Good Center at Berkely, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the Search Institute. Gwyn also referred to Youtube videos documenting PYE's Creative Classrooms work - here they are: Video 1 and Video 2.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, I'd be happy to hear from you. Email me at [email protected]

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