Paula Johnson

STEAM Education for Every Child Part 1 – Podcast Episode 152 | Classnotes Podcast 152

Classnotes Podcast (June 30, 2015) Despite efforts across the nation over the last decade to increase STEM education for girls and minority students, the data show we’re not succeeding. Reports last year revealed that, in two states, not even one female student took the AP computer science test, for example. In 11 states, there were no African American students who took the test, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states. One initiative that is showing promise is to move from STEM to STEAM by integrating the arts into STEM work.

Math educator, Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate discusses how STEAM strategies combine a content standard and an art standard, side-by-side. This gives students an opportunity to analyze and express the content learning, while drawing on their experience, making the abstract STEM concept concreate and real.

Paula is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

Show length: 14:20

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EdCloset serves classroom teachers, arts educators and leaders by providing a space to work together and learn about Arts Integration and STEAM.

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STEM to STEAM is a RISD-led initiative to add Art and Design to the national agenda of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and research in America. STEM + Art = STEAM. The goal is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer.

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Show Notes

  • Paula talks about the A in STEAM education, and how the arts can infuse the STEM professions.

  • Paula explains why in lesson planning, the content standard and art standard should stand side by side, ensuring that students can both receive the content and then analyze and express that content.

  • Paula discusses the need to improve how we teach teachers to teach math, with a focus on making abstract concepts and vocabulary more visual and relatable for students, such as by using the total physical response approach.

  • Paula considers the challenges of building the next generation of STEM professionals, including overcoming a heavy gender and racial institutional bias.