S.T.E.A.M. : Curriculum Integration Including Arts & Design


[semester equivalent = 1.33 credits]



Debora Supplitt



This course meets OSPI’s STEM requirements

S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach towards learning that integrates two or more areas of study Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math-as entry points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. This course addresses how to blend these content areas to enhance learning across the curriculum. Studies of differentiated instruction show that S.T.E.A.M. pushes curriculum forward providing momentum that may result in students taking thoughtful risks, engaging in experiential learning, persisting in problem-solving, embracing collaboration, and exploring the creative process.

With S.T.E.A.M. lessons, students begin to dabble and experiment as innovators, peer educators, classroom leaders, and 21st-century learners. Participants will design a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum

for their particular discipline, locate and adapt available cross-curricular lessons, and seek content area resources that will provide that extra push for S.T.E.A.M. thinking.

S.T.E.A.M. curriculum provides creativity, supports problem-solving, activates the memory system and connects to analytical skills. This course is an excellent resource for a collaborative group or staff book study. Become the S.T.E.A.M. leader who recognizes and discovers ways in which art-related skills support, complement and enhance skills that students need to become successful across the core-curriculum. Add a little S.T.E.A.M. to your curriculum witness your student's "blasting off" towards their learning success.  Appropriate for grades K-12. Used Amazon text about $22.



LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Gained S.T.E.A.M. experiences that involves two or more standards from Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts.
  • Explored process-based learning.
  • Developed lessons aligned with S.T.E.A.M.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Sousa, D.A. and Pilecki, T. From Stem to Steam:  Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate The Arts.  Corwin Publishing, 2018, paperback 255 pages,  ISBN-10: 1452258333 or ISBN-13: 978-1452258331. 

Textbook can be purchased on Amazon for around $27 in Paperback


Used test about $22 and kindle $19. 

  • From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts
    ISBN# 1452258333
    by Sousa, David A., Pilecki, Thomas J.

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Debora Supplitt M.F.A-A.Ed./M.Ed. received her Masters (M.Ed.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree from San Francisco State University and Masters of Fine Arts in Art Education (M.F.A.-A.Ed,) from Boston University. She has worked with students of all levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and professional educators, since 1980. She is certified in Washington, Oregon and California in Pre/K-12-Adult Special and Elementary Education and is highly qualified in the core areas of Art, Music, Reading, and Special Education as well as being a trained Intervention Specialist. Debora knows the importance of providing a creative environment where all students and teachers can thrive. Presently she is working in her dream position as a full time middle school Art Teacher. Debora provides classroom teachers with the tools and resources needed to integrate art into the daily curriculum and is always busy developing new, creative and fun workshops for teachers. She is passionate about providing exciting, meaningful, useful and fun filled continuing education for all teachers.



S.T.E.A.M. : Curriculum Integration Including Arts & Design

Donovan, L. and Pascale, L., Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas, Shell Publishing, 2012, paperback 224 pages, ISBN-10: 142580845X.  This book has arrived at a time when teachers need it most. Schools across the country are currently focusing all their efforts on teaching to meet the new Common Core Standards. Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas re-assures teachers that they can meet the standards and teach creatively at the same time, all the while addressing needs for differentiated instruction and thematic learning.

Edutopia, Resources for S.T.E.A.M. 2016, Accessed on: 3/24/2017 from:  Information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.  

Robelen, E. STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM, 2011.  Educational Weekly Online: Vol. 31, Issue 13, Page 8 Accessed on: 3/24/2017 from: /01/13steam_ep.h31.html .  Primary focus is on Art Education across the curriculum of which educational organizations bridge STEM and the Arts together creating S.T.E.A.M.

Roe, C.  and Smith, B., Bridging STEM to STEAM:  Building New Frameworks For Art/Science Pedagogy.  2011.  Retrieved 3/24/17 from: .  This article is an overview of Bridging Stem to Steam: Building New Frameworks for Art/Science Pedagogy workshop that brought together leading thinkers from differing fields to share their insights, discover connections and explore potential collaborations among art and design, and sciences in support of interdisciplinary STEAM learning, research and pedagogy. This report outlines the activities, findings, outreach activities and recommendations stemming from the workshop.

Sousa, D.A. and Pilecki, T. From Stem to Steam:  Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate The Arts, Corwin Publishing, 2018, paperback 255 pages,  ISBN-10: 1452258333 or ISBN-13: 978-1452258331.  This book should be a required reading for all teachers! This book is completely informative with a practical and authentic approach to changing STEM to STEAM as Arts Integration. The authors, David A. Sousa and Tomas J. Pilecki are brilliant in their analysis of why, what, and how Arts Integration works without a doubt.