A Letter From the Founder and President
It is both exciting and fulfilling to know that educators from around the globe will come together in Washington, DC in just a few short months, to learn more about the incorporation and implementation of arts education. Educators will gather to engulf themselves in the topic of exploring productive ways of incorporating art themes into interdisciplinary education.
When people think of STEAM, they think of its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Math. But, STEAM+ is so much more. We have added the + to incorporate all educators in multi-subject, multidisciplinary and show them the methods of using art to teach students.
Our STEAM+ program is proud to take the focus of education beyond just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We encourage a holistic approach to education, exploring the many ways that art can be used to teach, empower, and engage students in any discipline.
We have already reached over 40,000 people globally and our mission doesn’t stop there. It is our pleasure to continue to encourage arts education advocacy for multi-subject educators all around the globe.
Furthermore, we have reached eight different countries, five continents and are involved with 50 community partners and schools. Our inclination for launching STEAM+ is backed by the proven impact art education has on our society.
Two important points have emerged from studies regarding neuroeducation and the importance of art incorporation into education: it is vital to students’ success that educators and researchers communicate and collaborate; arts learning must be better understood before successful integration of the arts across the curriculum can occur.
We are overjoyed by the launching of our new program, STEAM+, and the impact it will have on global educators and their classrooms. Our Professional Development Program will feature presentations, panels, roundtables and more.
We look forward to you joining us on our journey to help encourage students to stay in school and succeed in school, work and life. And we hope you will join us for an incredible experience that will continue revolutionizing the education of our future generations, for years to come.
Jacqueline Cofield, M.A.Ed., M.S.CG, B.F.A.