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High School Students Embrace Visual Thinking Techniques/Graphic Recorder Reaches Out to Encourage Creative Problem Solving

Graphic recorder Jeannel King is changing the lives of students at Crawford High School by teaching them how to creatively solve problems using graphic recording.

San Diego, CA, November 18, 2010 --( Process Arts and Facilitation, providing graphic recording and visual facilitation services, announced today that owner and founder Jeannel King has been giving back to students at the Crawford Educational Complex’s Multimedia & Visual Arts School by teaching them how to creatively solve problems using graphic recording techniques. King was motivated to return to Crawford after participating in a youth summit there earlier this year and seeing how much high school has changed since she was a student.

“So many of the things I took for granted when I was in high school are gone,” she said. “These kids are getting the short end of the budget cuts educators are forced to deal with, but they’re the ones who are going to be creating the world of the future.”

King was particularly bothered to see that creative problem solving is not something students are taught. Feeling she had something to contribute - choosing to be a problem solver instead of a whiner - she reached out to art teacher Brian Black, who was thrilled to support her work with students.

“Jeannel has a unique skill I’d never seen before and the students were really drawn to it,” Black said. “Having an outside professional like Jeannel come in adds a different type of validation, that things taught in school do translate into the real world.”

Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, a Fulbright researcher at SDSU and Research Fellow at the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs, invited King to the youth summit that introduced her to Crawford. She was especially excited to learn about the experiences of two students who served as graphic recorders with King at a district school board meeting.

“In two days, she turned two young ladies who wouldn’t usually speak out into contributors who simply shone when they presented their graphic recording to the board,” Mitra-Sarkar said. “An experience like that never shows up in a standardized test, yet it represents lifelong learning that’s priceless. Jeannel understands that students’ creative potential will disappear if it’s not nurtured.”

King was proud of the way her protégés handled the board meeting experience, but she was actually blown away by some unexpected consequences of her interaction with students. In particular, one girl who said she typically uses fighting as a way to deal with issues told her that she might draw her feelings in the future rather than using her fists to express them.

“I realized that I was actually showing these kids a different way to live their lives,” King said. “That motivates me further to continue working at Crawford and other local schools that understand how valuable it is to introduce their students to a thought process that can literally change the world.”

About Process Arts and Facilitation
Jeannel King, a San Diego-based visual facilitator and coach, founded Process Arts & Facilitation to help thought leaders and business owners literally draw out ideas so they can see where they want to go and how they can get there. To learn more about how to make your brainstorming and strategy sessions more engaging, memorable, powerful, and productive, visit

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