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Ruth Churchill Dower
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  • Holmfirth
  • United Kingdom
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Briefly describe your creative business - or your interest in creative businesses
Creative Learning consultancy, using research, evaluation, knowledge management and social networking tools to raise the quality and relevance of learning for our youngest children
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Ruth Churchill Dower is the Director of Isaacs UK (www.isaacsuk.co.uk), a cultural learning consultancy working across the arts, cultural and early educational communities. Isaacs UK believe that all children are entitled to creative and cultural opportunities that support their learning, playing and being. How we go about building the capacity of the arts, cultural and educational sectors to support young children’s creative hunger is the big question. This is where Isaacs UK focuses its work, to better understand and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society, and to unlock the creative potential of all those involved in building our children’s present and future landscapes.

Isaacs provides specialist support in areas of early years, family learning, networked learning partnerships, professional development, relational dynamics coaching, online learning, evaluation and impact assessments. One of the main networks run by Isaacs UK is Earlyarts (www.earlyarts.co.uk), a professional development network for arts, cultural and early years professionals developing profoundly creative approaches with young children and families.

Ruth has worked on developing arts, cultural, early education and learning strategies in both policy and practice, with clients such as Futurelab, Arts Council England, CAPE UK, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, National Museums Liverpool, Canterbury Children’s Centre, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and Creative Partnerships.

She has published a range of papers, articles and guides in the areas of creative practice in early years, online learning and knowledge management. The most recent ones being:

• Ruth Churchill Dower (2008) Fostering Creative Learning for 3-5 year-olds in Four International Settings, chapter 9 of Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It, edited by Anna Craft, Teresa Cremin and Pamela Burnard. Published by Trentham Books, ISBN: 978-1-85856-410-4.

• Ruth Churchill Dower (2006) Imagination for Life and Learning , Yorkshire, Arts Council England, ISSN/ISBN: 0-7287-1191-5

• Ruth Churchill Dower, Helen Sims, Chris Hoy (2006) Search for Meaning - The Children's Curriculum, Bradford, Canterbury Nursery School and Centre for Children and Families.

• Fiona Anderson; Tim Caulton; Ruth Churchill Dower; Pat Cochrane; Dr Catherine Burke (2006) Cultural Entitlement: the capacities of cultural and creative organisations in the Yorkshire region to deliver a ‘cultural entitlement’ agenda in schools, , Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships, Leeds University, Yorkshire Museums Libraries and Archive Service.

Ruth is a Director and board member of Germination, a cultural production company, and a member of Small Size (European network for the diffusion of performing arts for children), EUnetART (European Network of arts organisations for children and young people), a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts) and works as an Expert Advisor to Youth Music. She is also mad keen on paragliding...
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http://www.isaacsuk.co.uk
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Currently moving the Earlyarts network onto a national platform using a social enterprise model to ensure the surplus built up can be re-invested into the regional CPD hubs. Once established, will stand on its own two feet as a seperate company to Isaacs UK which is the pure consultancy and coaching arm. Challenges are how to raise enough private finance to build enough capacity to raise the private finance... Got lots of income generation schemes going but all small fry. Interested in any schemes or ideas on fast-tracking growth without taking on loan finance or succumbing to less ethical approaches.

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Earlyarts invites tenders for Marketing, IT & Social Media

Earlyarts is a professional development network for those working creatively with young children and families. We provide a range of resources on aspirational practice to support the training needs of the arts, cultural, early years and family learning sectors. We are delighted to invite tenders for two dynamic new roles in the Earlyarts team as it expands to fill a rather large but lovely pair of national boots.



The PR and Partnerships Co-ordinator will be supporting the Earlyarts… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 20:53

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