Susan Riley | March 2016

2016 April STEAMed Magazine is Here!

Are you ready for a jolt of STEAM inspiration this spring?  Well look no further – the 2016 April STEAMed Magazine issue is finally here!

Each quarter (in January, April, July and October), we publish this FREE digital STEAMed magazine for you to download and use in your classroom.  Each issue is jam-packed with lessons, resources and ideas from teachers who are doing some inspiring work with arts integration and STEAM.  Plus, we also have the opportunity to feature cover stories with some of the top public figures, organizations, and thinkers in the integrated arts space.

In this spring issue, I had the incredible joy of connecting with Brent Bushnell and Elise Lemle from the popular organization STEAM Carnival.  Talk about inspiring!  Check out the original TED Talk that Brent and his partner Eric gave about the importance of STEAM.  In this issue, Brent and Elise share their unique perspectives of why STEAM (not STEM) is critical, and why we can’t wait anymore for this in public schools.

Collaborations in STEAMed Magazine

Interestingly, this issue features more collaborative articles than we’ve ever had. Wondering with Warhol brings back Robin Ward and three of her colleagues (pg. 16), while the STEAM Studio Experience was written by art educator Arlene Shelton and her biology teacher counterpart Rachael Black (pg. 29).  I think these collaborative partnerships highlight one of the major facets of STEAM education: we can’t do this alone. Even if we have the best ideas and the most incredible equipment, there’s just no substitute for collaboration.

Another fun fact about this issue? We have almost as many math, science, and classroom teachers contributing articles as we do arts educators. For example, Painting with Light (pg. 6) is written by John Lewis, a high school physics teacher. And, A is for Algebra and Art (pg. 37) was written by Ellen Blashkovsky, an 8th-grade math teacher. The balance between integrating STEM and the Arts across content areas is such a positive force, and I hope we continue to see this momentum as we push towards the end of the school year.

Teacher Professional Development

Speaking of the end of the school year…have you started planning your professional development yet for this summer? As we know, spring and summer are some of the top times for teachers to continue their own professional growth. To ensure you get access to the PD you most want, we’ve put together a spring/summer PD guide, found on page 48. It even includes a cost key, so you can find professional development to fit any budget this summer.

Please feel free to share this FREE digital STEAMed Magazine resource with anyone who you think might benefit from learning about STEAM and Arts Integration.  Keep springing forward!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan