Posts Tagged ‘Rhode Island School of Design’


Evening for Educators

March 8, 2013

Portland Museum of Art

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 9.49.06 PMThe museum is hosting an evening for educators called Visible Learning: Mapping Curriculum and Looking at Student Art with Professor Paul Sproll from Rhode Island School of Design on Wednesday, March 27, 4:00 to 6:00. Free for educators and you can receive two contact hours.

Join the Portland Museum of Art for a special event with Professor Paul Sproll, Head of the Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Dr. Sproll will discuss mapping an inquiry-based approach to visual arts and teaching and learning through innovative curriculum design, as well as the value of looking at at student art as seen in the PMA’s Youth Art Month exhibition.

RSVP online at Questions? Please email Stacy Rodenberger, Assistant Director of Student and Teacher Learning at



Why STEM Education Needs the Arts, Too

January 17, 2013

Hearing about it, really!

From Oregon a talk show that highlights STEM/STEAM – listen to the interview at The show includes John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design who formerly was at the MIT Media Lab. An Oregon Public Broadcaster interviews a school in a Portland, Oregon school where they have are involved in STEAM education. In some cases the arts drive the learning and some times it is the opposite.

Thank you to Ann Thompson for sending the link!



January 10, 2013

Thank you Kate Smith for sending these links!

During the last couple of years I have included many posts on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Recently Central Elementary School (South Berwick) music teacher Kate Smith sent me a couple more links to articles on the topics. This time not only has the article provide “food for thought” but many links to good articles and resources. If you are interested in this topic I suggest that you read the post on currikublog written by Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki on November6, 2012, but I suggest that you also follow and read the links and comments included.

And, Kate also sent a link to cybraryman who also includes several good links and resources to STEAM ideas. Check out the left column.

If you are looking for tips or ideas on how to communicate about this idea. Or perhaps you are searching for articles or information on what this is all about and does it make any sense to promote it, I am certain these resources will help you find answers.

At this point there are several posts on STEM/STEAM on meartsed blog. To find them just put the words “STEM STEAM” into the “search archives” box on the bottom right hand side of the blogs front page and you will see all of the posts.

John Maeda presented a TED talk called How art, technology, and design inform creative thinkers. John Maeda is the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. His life work has included art, design and technology. He is dedicated to communicating about the link between design and technology and he does it in his TED talk in a very engaging way.

John Maeda wrote an article called If Design’s No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is? for Wired Magazine that was published September 9, 2012. The article includes Mr. Maeda’s history which provides an overview of his beliefs and how he arrived at them.


Rhode Island Legislation on STEM to STEAM

November 29, 2012

An initiative being driven by the Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design is leading the conversation around STEM to STEAM.

Art and Design create opportunities for economic growth. US Representative from Rhode Island, Jim Langevin, introduced legislation to create a STEM to STEAM council bringing together artists, designers, education and business leaders to create a comprehensive approach to incorporate art + design into federal STEM programs.

John Maeda, President, of RISD believes that we need to put art + design into STEM to help the US remain competitive. He says that creativity is a “right” and that the arts need to be part of the innovation conversation. “That the studio practice model creates innovators, people that can see and solve problems differently”.

You can watch a panel presentation that includes Maeda and Langevin among others that took place in Rhode Island by clicking here.



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