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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

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

—Henry Ford

Imagine a school where students build the classroom furniture, design outdoor landscapes, launch rockets, and create inventions to improve everyday life. What if school learning spaces were designed with comfortable corners for collaboration and areas to foster informal learning? What if students were given the opportunity to learn what they wanted to, pursuing their own interests within the school day? This is happening in elementary classrooms across the country! There is a shift occurring in education that has the potential to transform teaching and learning. With roots that date back to Dewey, Montessori, and Piaget, there is a movement for schools to return creativity and hands-on ...

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