Current Opportunities for Students


2017 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards

Students (8-18) are invited to submit their finest creative work to celebrate the great legacy of educator and creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance.

Submissions accepted until August 21, 2017


  • Four major award areas:
    • Creativite Writing
    • Visual Arts
    • Music Composition
    • Invention
  • Themes include:
    • The Honor and The Glory
    • A Grateful Heart
    • What a Mystery!
    • Couldn't Help Laughing
    • Journey to Forever
    • A Reluctant Adventure
    • Who Would've Thought
    • Exploring a New Universe

    Complete rules and application instructions are found on The Center for Gifted website.

Educational Support


Look to the Future by exploring future-focused issues - New Zealand

New Zealand curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalization.  Permission is granted to FPSPI to provide links to two videos:

In her video interview, Robyn Boswell, Affiliate Director of New Zealand Future Problem Solving, shares her ideas about the importance and meaning of the future focus curriculum principle. She provides advice on getting started with future focus in the classroom and how to help students create the futures they want.
Teacher Sarah Watts tells us about the Future Problem Solving Program – a process where students consider issues that they may face in the future and explore possible challenges and solutions.

Problem Solving Style Preferences of Adolescents Research Findings

Dr. Treffinger of the Center for Creative Learning published the results from studies conducted in 2007 and 2008 obtained from VIEW participants.

FPSPI: Catalyst for Talent Recognition and Development

Future Problem Solving Program International: Catalyst for Talent Recognition and Development, prepared by Dr. Donald Treffinger summarizes the relationships among creativity, problem solving, and talent development. The paper clarifies the important ways in which FPSPI applies and synthesizes those essential dimensions through its programs and activities. He notes the findings from a recent international program evaluation report (Treffinger, Selby, & Crumel, 2011, pp. 18, 134-135) in which many respondents recognized the important contributions FPSPI makes to meeting the unique needs of high-ability students.

The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) offers students of many ages a variety of opportunities to learn and apply thinking and problem solving skills that they will need for success throughout life. FPSPI’s components provide:
• opportunities for engagement and interaction among high-ability, like-minded people and to meet others who love the challenges of problem solving;
• affirmation that ‘it is all right to be smart and creative;’
• opportunities for academically talented students to “see others like themselves achieving great things.”

Read the complete article for key messages regarding the value of FPSPI and to understand how the program links to educational standards.