Spring 2019
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.
Spring Updates for the Innovation Collaborative!
This 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
  • News from the STEAM fields
The Collaborative’s Research Thought Leaders help provide the strong 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. In this issue, we visit with Bob Root-Bernstein, whose research in the arts-sciences and scientific creativity helps underpin the work of the Collaborative. Read more...

Resources that address Dr. Root-Bernstein's research
Innovation Collaborative Projects and News
If you are an out-of-school educator serving early childhood through higher education students, the Collaborative welcomes your participation in this important study. Learn More...
Over the last four years, the Innovation Collaborative has engaged in research activities investigating effective practices in integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and humanities, focusing on K-12 classroom implementations.
With the continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Innovation Collaborative is continuing its K-12 Teacher Professional Development Study of STEAM-based learning and teaching in the 2018-19 academic year. Working with its Innovation Fellows, the top teachers identified in the first round of research in 2017-18, the project is now studying how to further develop teacher leaders and networks.
From the Field
When educators move from traditional instruction to innovation, there are many structural challenges that can slow their progress. It’s not just a matter of teacher enthusiasm. They also need access to materials to support new ideas. The National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) four-year old effort to identify and encourage the best in children’s STEM literature was no exception. More...
References You Can Use
Here are three great articles for teachers on STEAM, from the National Science Teachers’ Association’s journals, Science Scope and Science for Children.  
STEAM education can be looked at through many lenses, but there is a tendency to view it primarily through the needs of classroom teachers. There is a good reason for this as teachers ultimately make STEAM happen. But STEAM isn’t a lesson. STEAM isn’t usually a class. STEAM is a culture and culture is systemic.
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.”
"Any Intelligence can be used artistically."
By Howard Gardner, renowned Harvard developmental psychologist, who is known for his theory of multiple intelligences. From his speech at the National Association of Art Educators’ (NAEA) national convention. March, 2019.
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 | Brian Smith | Juliana Texley | Amanda Upton |
Andrew D. Watson | Hope E. Wilson