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2015 International Dot Day


2015 International Dot Day

Celebrate Creativity, Courage, and Collaboration

September 15, 2015

International Dot Day , a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark." What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day—with the help of individuals, teachers, and students—the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Get Started

Dot Day is on (or around) September 15, 2015, so sign up to download the Educator's Handbook and visit the gallery of past projects for inspiration and ideas. And don't forget to tag all your posts with #DotDay and get connected to others who are committed to teaching and learning with creativity.


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