Friday, June 6, 2014
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
Tom Pilecki’s upbeat and entertaining keynote will address the fact and fiction surrounding the STEM to STEAM movement and will discuss successful STEAM projects from the field. A follow-up workshop will be offered later in the day entitled: “How to Generate STEAM: Authentic Integration and How It’s Done” This hands-on, practical workshop will help educators establish a formula for creating lesson plans that will assist in authentic integration of the arts into STEM and other areas of the curriculum.
Tom Pilecki has been an innovator in arts education since 1970. He founded a non-magnet, arts-based elementary school in the South Bronx where every child had choral and instrumental music as well as art, dance and piano. This work was featured on The Today Show, McNeil-Lehrer Report and 60 Minutes and was the subject of the Sundance Award- winning documentary Something Within Me. In 2013, Tom co-authored “From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts” with internationally recognized author David Sousa.
While in the Bronx, Tom won numerous awards including the Readers’ Digest “American Hero in Education” award. Through the years, Tom has done countless professional development workshops around the country on curriculum, school administration, classroom management, arts-integration, school law issues and many other topics. As an active artist, Tom is the Artistic Director for Voices of Pride in West Palm Beach and is a consultant and trainer for Nonprofits First, in Palm Beach County. Currently, Tom is the lead coach for Nonprofits First Sustainability and Social Enterprise Institute where he assists non-profit organizations in board development and management. He is an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island teaching online courses in community development through the arts.