3. At the same time, administrators need to provide teachers with proper support in the form of time and resources. Administrators should create opportunities for teachers to co-plan curriculum and encourage frequent check-ins, perhaps even daily, to ensure consistent implementation. In addition, school leaders can play a vital role in developing community partnerships, e.g., museums, to expand their STEAM network.

4. Within the classroom, lessons should shift from teachers standing in front of the classroom and telling students what they need to know to student-centered learning. Students should be asked to contemplate real-world problems, research the issues, and collaborate on solutions that use knowledge across disciplines. The result is a louder, messier journey, but one that empowers students and engages them in their own education.

5. Assessments then, too, should change. Rather than textbooks and tests, authentic assessments are based on process and artifacts. Again, the path to the solution becomes as important as the solution itself.

6. Begin with something fun and accessible, but to maintain momentum, teachers and administrators must have a growth mindset. Celebrate the wins, learn from mistakes, and keep planning new projects.

“It could begin in a shared space, like a makerspace,” said Sterman, “But ultimately you know STEAM is alive and well when it is infused into the regular day in every classroom in every learning space, not as some special treat you get to go down the hall and do once a week.”

About the Presenters

Cheri Sterman is the Champion Creativity edWebinar series presenter and the director of education at Crayola. “Bringing colorful wings to the invisible things that live in the hearts and minds of children” defines her career. She helps educators understand creativity and build their creative capacity. She translates research and best practices into professional development resources. Sterman has served on the executive boards of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and National Child Development Council. Prior to joining Crayola, Sterman taught child development at the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair College in Ohio. She served as a consultant to the National Governors Association, White House Commission on Children and Youth, Children’s Defense Fund, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Schools Initiative.

Lucie Howell is the director of learning and engagement at The Henry Ford in Michigan. She previously served as STEM director at Teach for America, and the STEM teaching & learning director at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

James Wells is the innovative teaching and learning manager at Crayola. He previously served as fine art supervisor for Shelby County School District in Memphis, director of arts access for the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, and education programs manager for the Culture & Heritage Museums in South Carolina.

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About the Author:

Stacey Pusey is an education communications consultant and writer. She assists education organizations with content strategy and teaches writing at the college level. Stacey has worked in the preK-12 education world for 20 years, spending time on school management and working for education associations including the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group. Stacey is working with edWeb.net as a marketing communications advisor and writer.