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Innovation Conference Coming To College Of New Rochelle

Georgette Yakman, founding researcher and creator of STEAM education, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation Institute at the College of New Rochelle.
Georgette Yakman, founding researcher and creator of STEAM education, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation Institute at the College of New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The third annual Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation Institute conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at The College of New Rochelle.

The conference will be hosted jointly by The College of New Rochelle and The Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.

This interdisciplinary institute brings together imaginative thinkers and practitioners from a broad range of fields to question the status quo, move ideas and best practices forward and share innovative perspectives.

Georgette Yakman, founding researcher and creator of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education, will give the keynote address on “STEAM Education for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”

Yakman developed the STEAM framework as a way for all the subjects to relate to each other and to a rapidly changing world by developing in students reality-based, lifelong learning skills. Yakman’s approach integrates the arts (social, language, physical, musical and fine arts) with traditional STEM courses.

In 2006, she developed the framework and began implementation in 2007 as a middle and high school engineering and technology teacher. Since then, Yakman has consulted and presented to educators around the world and has been recognized by many groups with awards, speaking invitations, interviews and articles.

The daylong event will feature a number of sessions on a variety of topics including:

  • Integrating and Honoring the role of "A" in STEAM programming: Embracing the Art and Science of Women's Voices and Nature Journaling
  • Storytelling and Narrative: Combining Aesthetics and Healthcare.

Conference Co-Chair Ruth Zealand said: “This is a great opportunity to engage and inspire the educational community and showcase the innovative methods being used to integrate the disciplines of STEAM. This institute builds on the college’s long-standing tradition of service and commitment to social equity.”

For more information on the event or to register, go to: www.cnr.edu/steam .

Fees are: Attendees, $40 ($50 day of conference); alumni and senior citizens, $25; Maxine Greene Center members, $32; CNR students, staff, faculty, free; other students, $10.

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