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Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. Why STEM Should Become STEAM 2. What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity 3. Frequently Asked Questions About Integrating the Arts and STEM 4. Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4) 5. Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8) 6. Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12) 7. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Science, Technology, and Engineering 8. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Mathematics 9. Putting It All Together Resources References Index

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research. Tom Pilecki, MA, is the former executive director of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) in West Palm Beach, Florida, where, for twelve years, he provided professional development to over one hundred teaching artists, preparing them to teach collaboratively with elementary and middle school teachers in all curriculum content areas. With an MA in educational administration, Tom is a former elementary school teacher as well as a choral and instrumental music teacher. His forty-plus years in education include being founder and principal of St. Augustine School of the Arts in the South Bronx, New York, the subject of the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning documentary Something Within Me as well as feature segments on 60 Minutes, World News Tonight, and The McNeil-Lehrer Report. His expertise in curriculum writing, implementation, and arts integration brought him to Chicago as curriculum director for six West Side schools before going to Florida. He continues to consult with schools and communities on a national basis.


"This book should be a required reading for all teachers! This book is completely informative with a practical and authentic approach to changing STEM to STEAM as Arts Integration. The authors, David A. Sousa and Tomas J. Pilecki were brilliant in their analyses of why, what, and how Arts Integrations works without a doubt. I would highly recommend this book to my peers and administration because I found deep connections of arts integration which fostered interdisciplinary connections throughout the curriculum. Students would learn and remember what they learned because critical thinking rounded the learning experience for the whole child in a holistic direction." -- Melanie Sitzer Hedges, Art Teacher
"David Sousa's new book is more than hot; it is STEAMing! It is crammed full of suggestions to integrate arts into every STEM curricula at all grade levels to increase student learning. The research-based suggestions for strategies to engage students and deepen the level of thinking are abundantly supported with ideas for PLCs and a plethora of resources. Every teacher who is ready to update their pedagogy and make their teaching red hot needs this is the book!" -- Renee Peoples, Teacher and Math Coach
"STEM without creativity in application is stagnant. Brain research shows that we must rethink methodology in STEM education if we are to produce not only talented professionals, but also enriched members of society. From STEM to STEAM is a start in that direction." -- Debra K. Las, Science Teacher
"From STEM to STEAM is a game changer for educators who are serious about bringing excellence back into the classroom. It crosses ages, stages and curriculum development through research and practical application." -- Darleen Horton, Environmental Magnet School Coordinator
"Imagine classrooms of children imitating the "ways of knowing" experienced by DaVinci or Michelangelo. In From STEM to STEAM, authors Sousa and Pilecki not only persuade us to integrate ARTS into the K-12 curriculum, they also remind us of the value of a classical education- an education that reveals how all knowledge is interrelated. In this timely book, the authors entice K-12 educators to transform their classrooms into centers of arts and science inquiry; and, in a rather credible manner, provide step-by-step guidelines for engaging K-12 learners in a rich interdisciplinary curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics." -- Susan Lee Pasquarelli, Professor of Literacy Education
"If STEAM is something you are not familiar with, this book is a must-read. This book has given me information on the research and proved why STEAM was important; it is also something I can now add to grant applications for supporting documentation. I gave the activities to our staff of Science Educators and they loved not only how each activity was explained, but the breakdown of all the objectives for the activity. In my 15 years in Education, I have never read a book that made sense of why STEAM is so critical to our society.

I truly believe that this book will help my Education staff make stronger more substantial programming throughout our museum. I am recommending this book to every Science Center I know. This book provides an innovative approach to a crucial subject that our country needs to buy into for a prosperous future."
-- Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer
"I found Sousa's and Pilecki's book to be a practical how-to on integrating the arts, both visual and performance, into the current trend in education to accentuate the teaching of science, technology and mathematics. All in all, this practical book melds the arts with the sciences and that might just make more educators look at the teaching and implementing of arts programs with a more favorable eye." -- Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ
"David Sousa and Tom Pilecki paint a compelling picture of how integration of the arts into education not only improves academic performance by our students, but also strengthens the nation's workforce and better positions the U.S. in the global economy. Built on a rich foundation of research, the authors link the big ideas of education reform to classroom-tested teaching strategies. As America grapples with how to educate young people in the third millennium, From STEM to STEAM is a must read for educators, policy makers, and community leaders alike." -- Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy
"The book discusses one of the most critical issues in education today - using creativity and inquiry to inspire and engage students. STEAM is by its nature collaborative and creative - blending the arts and sciences - which is exactly what 21st century students are being expected to do. The authors present a thoughtful, real-life approach to concepts, lessons and activities that can be used in and out of the formal classroom environment. A must-read for any educator or youth development professional." -- Judy Nee, Executive Vice President/General Manager
"This book is a must read for educators, policy makers, and industry leaders addressing how to develop an innovative workforce for the future. Sousa and Pilecki have successfully outlined a pragmatic approach to empower teachers with the ability to integrate the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) discipline areas. This sets the stage for a national conversation to move from STEM to STEAM." -- Edward L. Abeyta, Director of K-16 Programs

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