The awards are a testament to all the innovators in education. They are dedicated to recognizing and honoring individuals and organizations at the forefront of embedding creative thinking in teaching and learning. They highlight examples of creativity in every subject of the school curriculum. In 2024, our theme is ‘’Creative Thinking for Climate Action’’. As well as shining a light on the different ways in which creativity can be embedded in all aspects of school life, we will spotlight educators and institutions worldwide who are harnessing the power of creative thinking to bring positive changes. These visionaries are not just educators; they are environmental champions, fostering innovative approaches in the battle against climate change.

Welcome from
the Chair of the International Committee

Creativity is vital to success today. That’s why curricula across the world are changing to include explicit opportunities for young people to develop their creative thinking skills. In 2022, for the first time, the Programmed for International Assessment (PISA) measured the creative thinking of 15-year-old students in an international comparative setting. We selected creative thinking to help to raise the status of this important human competence.

Luckily, creative thinking is not a magic power. It can be learned, and it can be taught. Schools, therefore, have an absolutely essential role in cultivating creativity and these Global Awards can play a significant role in helping us understand what this looks like when it is done really well.

The Creativity in Education Awards are open to all schools, and we invite entries from individuals, teams and whole institutions. I very much look forward to seeing examples of your creativity at work.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at OECD

In selecting “Creative Thinking in Education for Climate  Action,” we embrace the transformative power of creative thought and educational innovation in helping to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The theme recognises the extraordinary contributions that educators, students and educational institutions are making to sow the seeds for change.

Eco-Friendly School Initiatives

Using creativity to recognise and encourage sustainable practices within educational institutions.

Climate Action through Science and  Technology

Integrating creative thinking, science and technology to enhance the understanding of climate challenges and generate solutions for the challenges.

Global Collaboration for Climate  Solutions

Using creative approaches to promote international collaboration in addressing global climate challenges.

International Committee

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Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, OECD


Tao Shan

Director, UNESCO Institute for IT  in Education


Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin


Deputy Head, Centre for ER and Innovation, OECD

Bill Lucas


Chair, Advisory Committee, GIoCT , University of Winchester

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Angela Bravo

Education Specialist, UNESCO Peru, Former National Director of Secondary Education at MoE PERU

Sizwe Nxasan

Founder and CEO

FutureNation Schools

Valerie Hannon


Innovation Unit and the Global Education Leaders Partnership

Zhongying Shi 


Dean of Institute of Education Tsinghua University

Antionette Carroll

President and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab & Institute of Equitable Design and Justice 

Margaret S. Barrett

Head of Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance,

Founding Director of PoCCEE, Monash University

Tony Simmons

Executive Director,

High School for Recording Arts

Barbara Schneider

John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor, College of Education and the Department of Sociology Michigan State University

Mark A. Runco

Director of Creativity Research and Programming,

Southern Oregon University

Carolyn Roberts 


Thomas Tallis School, London

Kaleb Rashad

High Tech High Interim CEO Creative Director and Co-
Founder, Center for
Love & Justice

Priscila Torres

Business Unit Director

Escola Concept Schools

The International Creativity in Education Award acknowledges educational excellence across various phases of learning.

The International Committee, in adherence to its established rules and categories, will select the award winners for the competition. Teachers and educators eligible can hail from any level of K-12 education.

To partake in the competition, participants must be nominated with an original case study that falls within the rules of the Award, as detailed below, and which demonstrating an enduring value and impact. If participating as a team or representing a school, no additions or substitutions of team members are permissible once the shortlisted projects are announced. Moreover, each organisation can nominate only one case study for consideration.

Based on the nominated case studies, the international committee will proceed to nominate candidates for either group prizes or individual accolades.

These guidelines are integral to maintaining fairness and integrity throughout the nomination and award process.

International Creativity in Education

Awards Ceremony

The official awards ceremony takes place annually, during the middle of October, during the Creativity in Education Summit. The ceremony includes welcoming remarks from well-known individuals associated with the power of creative thinking in education, commendations from the committee and the chair, award presentations, and acceptance speeches by those given awards.

Ceremony videos will be taken to ensure a worldwide audience can participate in celebrating each awardee. The Creativity in Action awardees receive global recognition, a grant and a distinctive medal.