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From Stem to Steam


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORS INTRODUCTION Why a Second Edition? What's New? Looking to the Arts How This Book Can Help to Implement STEAM Chapter Contents Who Should Use This Book? What's Coming? 1. Why STEM Should Become STEAM The Power of the Arts The Arts and STEM Do Have Differences What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 2. What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity Brain Organization Thinking and Learning The Arts, STEM, and Creativity What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 3. Bringing STEAM Into Schools What Is Arts Integration? What Is STEAM? Different Schools and Implementation Formats Implementing the STEAM Initiative The Basic District Plan What We Are Learning What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 4. Guidelines for Creating a STEAM School STEAM Guidelines What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 5. Frequently Asked Questions About Integrating the Arts and STEM What Are the Arts? Addressing Some Common Frequently Asked Questions Arts Perception Worksheet What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 6. Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4) Importance of Movement Science, Mathematics, and the Arts in the Primary Grades Ideas for Arts-Integrated Lesson Plans (Primary Grades) What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 7. Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8) A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student Teacher-to-Teacher Collaborations What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 8. Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12) STEAM and the Culture of High School Pushing STEAM Along Sample Comparisons of Traditional STEM and Arts-Integrated STEAM Lessons What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 9. Discoveries From the Field About the Original Appetizers What's Coming? Major Points to Ponder 10. Putting It All Together Know Your Instructional Intuition General Guidelines for K-12 Lessons Sample K-12 Lessons: Examples of Arts-Related Activities in Science Topics Sample Template for Designing a STEAM Unit Across Grade Levels Professional Development to Maintain STEAM Conclusion Major Points to Ponder RESOURCES APPENDIX A: STEAM LESSON PLAN APPETIZERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENGINEERING The Appetizers APPENDIX B: STEAM LESSON PLAN APPETIZERS IN MATHEMATICS The Appetizers REFERENCES INDEX

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research. Tom Pilecki, MA, is the former executive director of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) in West Palm Beach, Florida, where, for twelve years, he provided professional development to over one hundred teaching artists, preparing them to teach collaboratively with elementary and middle school teachers in all curriculum content areas. With an MA in educational administration, Tom is a former elementary school teacher as well as a choral and instrumental music teacher. His forty-plus years in education include being founder and principal of St. Augustine School of the Arts in the South Bronx, New York, the subject of the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning documentary Something Within Me as well as feature segments on 60 Minutes, World News Tonight, and The McNeil-Lehrer Report. His expertise in curriculum writing, implementation, and arts integration brought him to Chicago as curriculum director for six West Side schools before going to Florida. He continues to consult with schools and communities on a national basis.


From STEM to STEAM is the answer to the failure of STEM education in our schools. No one understands better than David Sousa and Tom Pilecki the importance of the arts-music, the visual arts and drama-in making science, technology, engineering and math come alive for teachers and students. This is true integrated STEAM instruction...and it works. I've seen the transformation in our schools.

Our teachers enjoy the freedom to be creative and in turn more effective! Their students are singing and dancing in math and performing live theater in science. They're remembering more, understanding more, and achieving more. They're innovating, too, with new ideas and new applications for what they're learning. They love integrated STEAM learning. I could not be more impressed with the change From STEM to STEAM has brought to our schools.

This second edition of From STEM to STEAM contains guidelines for integrating STEAM instruction into the classroom and across the curriculum. It provides the essential guideposts that marked the growth of our teachers as STEAM instructors and our schools as lively, high performing STEAM academies. But think of the guidelines less as targets to be met than as sheet music that brings us back repeatedly to the same melody in a full musical score. Thanks to From STEM to STEAM we're on key and making great music.

-- Daniel J. Ferris, Superintendent of Schools

This book on STEAM is a call to action by two genuine authorities on a matter of critical importance, for two very different reasons. First, in order to motivate K-12 students, we need to reach them where they are-and little kids are inherently interested in the natural world around them. If we motivate them, they will persist and graduate. And if they are motivated by science, we will ultimate have more college graduates with highly marketable skills in STEM fields-areas of great demand in today's economy. Second, adding the Arts to STEM to create STEAM acknowledges that the arts and science are linked. As the author of several biology textbooks, I rely on art to convey ideas that are very difficult to explain with language only. STEAM is the wave of the future, so BUY THIS BOOK!"

-- Donald J. Farish, Ph.D., President

From STEM to STEAM has been a tremendous help as teachers and teachers-to-be gear up for providing STEM education to their pupils. This well-conceived and well-done publication was immediately chosen as a text to help course participants to improve their crafts. From STEM to STEAM provides a necessary layer of STEM education so that that the affective domain is given the importance it deserves. This is a welcome addition to the professional's bookshelf!

-- Sister Remigia Kushner, Congregation of Saint Joseph, Director, School Leadership Program

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