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Build the essential 4—creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking! Go beyond theory and find out how to systematically integrate STEAM and Makerspaces that prepare students for real-world experiences. This engaging resource outlines step-by-step processes to help anyone start their STEAM and Maker journey. Charts, checklists, web links, student stories and teacher challenges help you make meaningful subject area connections and tap your students’ natural curiosity. District and school leaders will learn to: • Develop dedicated makerspaces • Integrate STEAM and Making into daily practice • Differentiate instruction for all learners • Promote a growth and design culture • Create a STEAM Maker network • Align with core standards and The Next Generation Science Standards Get students to think more creatively and collaboratively and see them become more engaged in learning that’s both challenging and fun. This go-to-guide shows you how! “More than ever before, schools are being called on to create cultures of innovation, moving to learning that is personalized, relevant, and full of rigorous and authentic opportunities for all students. STEAM Makers provides invaluable insight into the necessary shifts in instructional pedagogy needed to create learning environments and opportunities that are future ready.” Thomas C. Murray Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education “This book will make you want to be better for kids. With compelling examples, provocative questions, and a pragmatic roadmap, STEAM Makers cuts through the jargon and offers readers a vision of the future of education. Jacie Maslyk masterfully empowers readers to be dreamers and change-makers.” Dr. Brad Gustafson Elementary Principal, Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) winner

Introduction
Introduction

There is a current disconnect in our educational system. Eric Sheninger speaks about it in his recent book, Digital Leadership (2014). He calls for a transformation that will turn schools into vibrant places for learning that unleash student creativity and open new pathways to innovation. One pathway is the integration of relevant, engaging learning for students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Educators are under pressure to increase the amount of integrated STEM content taught to students (National Research Council, 2011), but few teachers have had significant opportunities to learn and develop the skills necessary to provide this instruction. During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations!

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