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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

Network
Network

Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.

—Mike Schmoker

Can STEAM and making occur within one classroom or one school? Sure, but the powerful impact is magnified when educators connect with others in their community. The connection between schools and communities are critical to the success of the STEAM Making initiative. Involvement from libraries, museums, businesses, and other organizations can help to facilitate learning for young people. The learning pathways that may begin in school can be supported and expanded through a network that extends beyond the school building. Nina Barbuto, director of Assemble, articulates this idea well. “Bring in the artists, engineers, and nerds. Schools shouldn’t just be stand-alone spaces. They are community hubs. They are the ‘churches’ of learning” ...

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