Fall 2020
The Innovation Collaborative is a national transdisciplinary forum to foster creativity, innovation, and equity in teaching and learning.
Welcome to the Innovation Collaborative newsletter!
Research Thought Leader
MEET RESEARCH THOUGHT LEADER ROB HOROWITZ, Ed.D.
In this issue, we visit with Rob Horowitz, Ed.D., whose expertise and research in arts education helps inform the work of the Collaborative. Executive Director, ArtsResearch and Associate Director, Center for Arts Education Research, Teachers College, Columbia University, he is known for his arts education research that demonstrates the important relationships between in-school arts learning and cognitive, social, and personal competencies. 
Transfer, in the education world, is where competencies, skills, practices, processes, and/or content from one discipline can be applied to another discipline or context... Rob Horowitz, Ed.D. has done significant research on the concept of transfer, having explored this concept for over 20 years. He and his colleagues have developed a strong transfer model that has received significant recognition, including its dissemination by Arts Education Partnership (AEP), the national arts organization that supports arts practice through research and policy. Read More...
Innovation Collaborative News
In response to COVID and the Collaborative’s focus on diversity, the Collaborative is growing its National Endowment for the Arts-funded national online teacher professional development for 2020-21. A number of K-12 teachers completed the first iteration of this professional development in the spring semester, 2020. Due to COVID, all experiences for teachers and students were virtual. Teachers who completed the course commented on the effectiveness of the course and its strategies, lessons, and examples. More...
The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) recently published a white paper that offers an in-depth look at STEAM from the K-12 perspective. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, this effort engaged state arts education directors, along with Collaborative Executive Director Lucinda Presley and Strategic Advisor Jonathan Katz. Also included were leaders of the California Arts Project and Young Audiences Arts for Learning. More...
Collaborative member Jasmine Sadler is one of 120 women of color across the US that are working scientists who are being honored with a full-size statue in the If/Then exhibit sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies. The exhibit was inspired by a study showing that fewer than six statues of women exist in the main parks or downtowns of the 10 top American cities, in addition to San Francisco, CA, and Washington, D.C. In this exhibit, more women statues will be assembled in one location than ever before. Ms. Sadler, who is a rocket engineer and a classical ballerina, also has an MBA. She is CEO of the STEAM Collaborative in San Diego, CA. More...
Collaborative News: Diversity

The Strategic Planning Committee’s regular review of the Plan this year was guided by its consensus that the programs and operations of the Innovation Collaborative are functioning well and are clearly articulated in the Plan document. The Committee did feel a need to update language to clarify the Collaborative’s broad and ongoing commitment to equity in its own structure and procedures, as well as in the teaching and learning it strives to advance. In addition, the Committee proposed for Board approval some updated wording to clarify the usage of such terms as “transdisciplinary,” “creativity,” and “innovation” across the arts, sciences, and humanities.
You can find the new strategic plan here.

The Collaborative’s Diversity Committee has been actively engaging with diverse education leaders, which, in turn, have provided the Collaborative with valuable insights regarding STEAM and equity, bringing a richer perspective to our work. By strengthening the Collaborative’s membership with expert diverse perspectives and including experts in various disciplines, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and diverse audiences, we continue to gain greater insight. More...

The Collaborative, with the leadership of its diverse members, is making culturally responsive teaching a focus of the 2020-21 iteration of its current National Endowment for the Arts - funded national online teacher professional development. More...
From the Field: COVID
Collaborative member national education institutions have risen to the challenge to help their stakeholders adapt to the current COVID challenges. We asked representatives from these institutions to give us the top 3 strategies that their institutions are using to effectively address COVID for their stakeholders. More...
What should artistic and cultural leaders aspire to exemplify and
accomplish in a time of crisis? Innovation Collaborative Strategic Planning Advisor
Jonathan Katz published a series of four blogs on the Americans for the Arts website
entitled Leadership Success in a Crisis Environment. More...
It often takes a major event to upset the status quo and for real change to occur. The U.S. Department of Education issued its first Star Schools grants to improve and evaluate online education in 2000. While the potential of online systems was clear twenty years ago, very little innovation occurred in the pedagogy until this year. In March 2020, schools across the nation were suddenly shut down and teachers had to adopt new methods almost overnight. More...
Notes From the Field
The Collaborative’s spring, 2020 newsletter included information about the Dramatic Results™ panel presentation at the Arts Education Partnership’s Annual Convening (fall, 2019) titled Systemically STEAM: Tips for Forming a STEAM Ecosystems. Dramatic Results also presented at the 2020 SLECoP Virtual Convening (October, 2020). In this session, titled Resilience and Resolve – The Power of Thriving STEAM Learning Ecosystems, presenters shared their successes and failures in integrating the arts with STEM through a cultural/psycho-social framework. More...
There are many innovative programs across the country that are integrating the arts with STEM. Below are some very engaging examples that were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
WORLD-FAMOUS EDUCATION INNOVATOR

Sir Ken Robinson, known to many for his insistence that education foster creativity in our students in order to address the workforce need for innovation, died in August, 2020. His views, which can be found in a number of his books and talks, underpins the Collaborative’s work. He emphasized that, with technological advances and globalization, we are in a social and economic revolution like the 19th century Industrial Revolution. More...
If there's one thing that parents and educators can agree on wholeheartedly, it's that a well-rounded curriculum serves students best. There seems to be a universal agreement that children should have the opportunity to engage with math, science, language, history, and geography in their learning, but subjects like visual art, music, and theater tend to receive far less emphasis. More...
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 | Lucinda Presley | Juliana Texley | Amanda Upton |
Andrew D. Watson | Hope E. Wilson