In this episode, we are speaking with Dr. Jacie Maslyk, author of the book, STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom.
Jacie is currently Assistant Superintendent in the Hopewell Area School District in Pennsylvania. She has served in public education for 20 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, elementary school principal and director of elementary education. Jacie has extensive experience in curriculum, instruction and assessment. A successful school leader, Jacie was recognized as a National Distinguished Principal finalist in PA for 2013 and 2014.
Jacie is also involved in a variety of STEAM and making initiatives in the field of education. She served on the board for the Mobile MAKESHOP at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and led one of the first elementary schools serving as a mobile maker site. She is also on the Spark Advisory Committee for the Sprout Fund, a national organization that supports innovative ideas and provides funds for catalyzing change in the areas of creativity, innovation, and cultivating connected communities.
Here is what we discussed.
- What is the big question behind STEAM Makers? What is the movement and why is this an important mentor text for those interested in reimagining education?
- Talk to us about the STEAM making mindset – the 4 Ps: people, personalization, persistence and play.
- Many educators realize the need to prepare learners for a world that will require a high level of skill in the 4Cs: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. How does STEAM making provides opportunities for learners to develop these critical skills?
- New ways of learning call for new ways of assessment. Talk about badging as one way to assess STEAM making.
- Talk about the importance of learning networks such as Remake Learning to fuel the STEAM making journey.
- What advice would you share with teachers for making the instructional shifts necessary for STEAM making? Any advice for leaders?
- What are some of your favorite schools or districts that have moved toward the STEAM maker mindset by changing culture, curriculum and physical spaces?
- What’s next for Jacie? What are you working on?
Explore Additional Resources
- STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom
- The Steam Maker Chat – #STEAMMakerChat – Next one September 5
- Remake Learning
- Blog Post: Finding Your Tribe – The Power of a Connected Network
- Beaver County Learning Consortium
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- What elements of the STEAM maker mindset are evident in your school or classroom?
- What STEAM maker project ideas do you have after listening to this podcast?
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