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.”