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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

Building a Pre-K through 14
STEAM Program
Incorporating art and design into STEM subjects across grade levels
A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on March 1, 2018

STEAM learning-which incorporates art and design thinking into the traditional STEM subjects-is
becoming increasingly adopted as educators seek to inspire more creativity, problem-solving skills,
collaboration and critical thinking in their students. Educators in the Maury County Public Schools in
Tennessee began pursuing their mission to blend project-based learning and STEM subjects with art
and design in 2015. The end result was the creation of the Mt. Pleasant Arts Innovation Zone, the first
pre-K through14 STEAM campus in the U.S.
This web seminar featured the executive principal of Mt. Pleasant, who discussed the keys to building
a STEAM program, how to blend subject areas to create more effective learning, and how to foster
student collaboration across grade levels. The Director of Global STEM Initiatives at Discovery Education
also outlined how to structure and organize a district approach to STEAM integration.

Cindy Moss: What is STEM? We know when we travel
around the country and the world, it's different depending on who we're talking to-whether they're an
elementary, middle or high school, whether they're
a math and science teacher or an arts teacher. So for
us at Discovery, STEM is not something that happens
just in science, technology, engineering and math
classes, and it's not something that happens just
once a week or once a month. We say it's a culture-
a culture wherein kids learn to be innovators, to design. They learn how to create solutions, and they
learn how to work together.
As adults, we know there are a lot of great jobs in
STEM and STEAM, but why does it matter to your

students? We have to help them understand why
it's important. One of the things we face in schools
across the country is the achievement gap. I believe
that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is
not. With STEM and STEAM, we can overcome this
achievement gap, but before that can happen, teachers have to become STEM teachers.
We know from research that a teacher needs 80
hours of high-quality PD over two years' time to
change their practice, and 160 hours over three
years' time to change the culture. That work is usually around strategies, but we all know we have to get
to that culture level, because culture eats strategies
for lunch.

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