From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts

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Corwin Press, Mar 14, 2013 - Education - 260 pages
Research shows that activities associated with the arts can enhance creativity, problem-solving, memory systems, motor coordination, and analytical skills. Best-selling author David A. Sousa and veteran arts educator Thomas J. Pilecki demonstrate how arts education is integral to the development of the brain and to students′ overall academic achievement. This book provides:

" Classroom-tested strategies and techniques for both integrating the arts in STEM instruction

" Data from schools that have already integrated the arts into STEM subjects, plus anecdotes and student success stories

" How-to′s for organizing curriculum and instructional strategies to allow for the integration of STEM subjects and the arts

" Strategies for getting the entire staff and community involved in STEAM initiatives


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David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at US conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Sousa has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels.

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