Fall 2018
The Innovation Collaborative serves as a national forum to foster creativity, innovation and lifelong learning. It identifies and disseminates information about the many ways that effective integration of the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and technology reinforces teaching and incorporates lifelong learning in both in-school (formal) and out-of-school (informal) settings.
Welcome to the first newsletter of the Innovation Collaborative!
This introductory issue invites you to share in the resources of our team and the Collaborative. It also invites you to join a growing group of advocates who are engaged in networking the arts, sciences, and humanities. Each issue will bring you the latest news, research and announcements about the intersection of the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering and technology – delivered straight to your inbox. In each issue you will find:

  • Interviews with leading voices from the field
  • Updates on research from the Innovation Collaborative
  • Announcements on upcoming events, news and funding opportunities
The Collaborative’s Research Thought Leaders help provide the strong research foundation upon which the Collaborative’s work rests. Each Thought Leader is nationally and internationally recognized in his/her own field and brings an extensive depth of experience and expertise. They also are adept at working across disciplines. We begin with Sandi Chapman, founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth , based at the University of Texas at Dallas. Read more...

Resources that address Dr. Chapman's research
The Innovation Collaborative has received an additional Art Works grant of $10,000 to continue its study of K-12 STEAM teacher professional development. This study will build on the NEA-funded teacher professional development pilot study conducted during the 2017-18 academic year. More...
Thanks to generous NEA funding, the Innovation Collaborative convened in person its mentors, the Research Thought Leaders. The in-person convening was held in Washington, DC, the Collaborative’s home base, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). More...
Innovation Collaborative Projects and News
The Collaborative is conducting a multi-year national research project to determine the most effective practices that promote vital workforce-related creative and innovative thinking skills at the intersections of the arts, STEM and the humanities (STEAM) in K-12 learning settings. This research is a broad national effort to begin developing a framework to provide a strong underpinning for the growing STEAM movement.
The Innovation Collaborative Policy Committee has adopted its first policy agenda, which helps inform the Collaborative's work. This policy agenda focuses on the shared priorities and beliefs among member organizations of the Innovation Collaborative.
Dr. Hope E. Wilson was honored at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) during the organization’s annual conference in Charlotte, NC, during the 2017-18 school year. Dr Wilson, an associate professor at the University of North Florida and president-elect of the Florida Association for Gifted Children, was awarded NAGC’s 2017 Early Leader Award for her service in the field of gifted education at the local, state, and national levels.
Collaborative Founding Chair and Executive Director Lucinda Presley was recently presented the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching award (Adjunct Professor of the Year) by the college where she has taught part-time for 18 years. The college, Tyler Junior College, is one of the largest community colleges in Texas with an enrollment of 12,000 credit students and 20,000 continuing education students.
From the Field
Children learn best when they are exploring authentic problems that are relevant to them and their communities. But today, children have less freedom to explore. Those children who come from restricted environments have even less opportunities for rich, exploratory experiences than others. So teachers often rely on literature to introduce new contexts and new worlds in which children can reason. More...
Juli Salzman, Music Specialist,
Northside Elementary STEAM School,
Angleton, TX.

 We had some 2nd graders present uses of technology in the music classroom at our district’s Technology Showcase. They did such a great job that three other teachers and I and selected and coached a group of eighteen 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to become STEAM Ambassadors.   More...
From Collaborative Strategic Advisor Jonathan Katz, a poem:

The barely perceptible hum I almost missed,
the tiniest oscillation on the screen,
was the dancing line of the first fireball returning.
Time as a tidal pool became clear,
Dr. James Catterall, Collaborative Thought Leader and founding director of the Center for Research on Creativity , passed away unexpectedly last year. Collaborative Advisory Council member James Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy for the Educational Theatre Association published a blog in honor of Dr. Catterall in which he wrote, “The arts education community lost one of its champions….
Linda Froschauer, editor of the National Science Teachers Association’s Science and Children journal , wrote in a recent issue: “Does it make sense to broaden the acronym and attempt to bring even more disciplines into the STEM lessons? …The performing arts, especially drama and speech, are important in communicating through technical and persuasive writing and oral presentations. Brainstorming solutions and creating scientific investigations can be enhanced through an innovative, creative, artistic approach. All these examples are embedded in many STEM activities as inherent qualities. We should include art, social studies, reading and other disciplines when they support student learning and provide elements to the learning experience that go beyond what is already included in STEM.”
Thought Leader Bob Root-Bernstein, speaking at the 2017 Educational Theatre Association Conference , said: “The best scientists, every one of them, becomes the thing that they’re trying to study. So, Jane Goodall says she got all of her ideas by becoming a chimpanzee. Diane Fosse said the same thing. They never told anybody while they were actually doing the research because it was ‘not scientific’ but that’s where the ideas came from. Then they had to somehow figure out an experiment which would make it objective, so it would be okay for the scientists. Creativity started with the empathy.”
Lucinda Presley, Chair and Executive Director | Jonathan Katz, Strategic Advisor |
Amanda Upton, Secretary | Kathi Levin, Treasurer

Jeff Allen | Donna DiBartolomeo | Deborah Gaston | Wendy Hancock | Michael Jay |
Kathi Levin | Roger Malina | Jeff M. Poulin | Lucinda Presley | Juliana Texley | Amanda Upton |
Andrew D. Watson | Hope E. Wilson