iSTEAM Con 2020! (Discounted rate for TMI Consortium Members)

January 14, 2020!


iSTEAM Conference 2020!

It is with great enthusiasm that TMI Education in collaboration with its sponsoring organizations invite your participation in its annual iSTEAM Conference 2020! iSTEAM integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics to promote student-led inquiry, higher-order thinking, collaborative problem-solving, creativity, and innovation in an authentic context that is relevant and meaningful to all learners. iSTEAM 2020 will provide participants a uniquely interactive and engaging conference experience - gain new and innovative ideas to promote the integration of STEAM and foster essential 21st century competencies across all grade levels. Join us for an exciting, practical and innovative professional learning experience!

Highlights, Speakers and Sponsors...

Featured iSTEAM 2020 Keynote Speaker... Jed Dearybury!

Jed Dearybury... began his education career in 2001. During his 13 year early childhood classroom tenure, Jed received numerous awards. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Obama as the SC winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was named as a top 5 finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year because of his passion, love, and success in education. Since 2015 he has been leading professional development across the country, as well as training the next generation of educators through his work with Higher Ed. As of August 2019, he is the full time Director of Creativity and Innovation at LLC. His mission: Equip, Encourage, Empower the teaching profession using creativity, laughter, and hands-on fun!

  Website:         Twitter: @mrdearybury           

  Instagram: @mrdearybury                   You Tube: Jed Dearybury 

Breakout Sessions and Presenters to include...

  • Build Your Own VR Tour (Tim Casperson)
  • Teaching Extraordinary Subjects in Extraordinary Ways (Lt Col Michael Castania, CAP)
  • STEM to STEAM (Intent, Alignment and Assessment through Arts Integration) (Edric Debos)
  • Teaching Environmental Science and Civics with Music (Ben Dumbauld)
  • Are you I-STEAM Ready"  (John Henry)
  • Establishing Successful Initiatives: Frameworks, Success Stories, and Potential Pitfalls (Jeremy Reich)
  • Well-Rounded Education: Leveraging Creative Assets (Kira Rizzuto)
  • The benefits of a STEAM Summer Camp (Dr. Kevin K. Robinson) 
  • Laying the Foundations for STEAM Instruction (Dr. Paul Semendinger)
  • STEAM Up Creative Thinking with Art Bots (Amy Traggianese)
  • And more!

Introducting our Conference Organizers and Presenters!

Shawna Longo (iSTEAM Con Executive Director). Shawna E. Longo is the General Music (Music Technology) teacher and Arts Integration Specialist at Durban Avenue School, Hopatcong, NJ.  She also serves as the Arts Integration & STEAM Specialist for TMI Education; Coach for Education Closet; and Ambassador for Music First and Jamstik.  With 19+ years of teaching experience, Mrs. Longo holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ; and certification as an Arts Integration Specialist (Level 1) as well as certification as an Arts Integration Leader (Level 2) from The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM.  She is a clinician and consultant for music education, music technology, arts integration, and STEAM.  She is also a recipient of the 2019 Mike Kovins Ti:ME Music Technology Teacher of the Year, 2019 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, 2019 Teach Rock Star Teacher Award from The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, 2018 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award, and 2016 Governor’s Educator of the Year for Hopatcong Middle School.  Twitter: @shawnalongo.

Tim Casperson.  Tim is the District Supervisor for the Bergen County Technical Schools, the Program Director for Ramapo College's MS in Educational Technology program, and the VP of Business and Program Development for TMI Education. Tim specializes in effective technology integration; evaluation of teaching effectiveness; and authentic-based instruction, including project based learning. 

Lt. Colonel Michael Castania, CAP. Lt. Colonel Castania is a retired HS Teacher (35 years, Wayne School District), NHQ Staff AE Outreach Coordinator, NJWG Director of Aerospace Education, recipient of the Major General Jeanne M. Holms National Aerospace Education Officer of the Year, Pilot (powered aircraft and gliders), FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot (Drones), member of the NJ Aviation Education Council, and speaker/presenter at numerous educational conferences & workshops.

Dr. Benjamin Dumbauld. Dr. Benjamin Dumbauld is the Director of Content at the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a music education organization founded by Steven Van Zandt. Through its online resources found at, the foundation seeks to help teachers integrate music into classrooms across disciplines and grade levels. Follow Dr. Dumbauld and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation on Twitter @Teachrock and on Facebook at!

Edric Debos. Edric is an art teacher with more than 10 years of classroom experience. Edric currently serves as the District Arts Integration Facilitator for the Hopatcong Schools. He has recently presented at the Princeton/FEA Summer Arts Integration Institute, NJPSA/FEA Think & Do Workbook Series, NJSBA workshop series, the NJEA Annual Conference, NJECC, NJEDGE, EdCamps, and many more!

John Henry.  John Henry is the STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist for NJ School Boards Association delivering STEM and STEAM training for board members, school officials and teachers across NJ. He holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 Industrial Studies and Technology Education.  During his 14 years as a classroom teacher, he coordinated an electric vehicle program at Woodbury HS, co-authored and received a NASA Explorer Schools grant, was the lead trainer for Project InSTEP, a grant from the Federal Department of Education to train teachers in Technology and Problem Based Learning and was selected as a NASA Einstein Fellow serving at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC in the Office of Education. From 2010 through 2015, he was an advisor, curriculum writer and served two years managing NJs Green Program of Study in Sustainable Design, Green Construction and Energy for the Department of Education and the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools grant.

Mr. Henry served as the Co-Principal Investigator with Rowan University for a Cyber Learning grant from the National Science Foundation grant. Currently, he is serving on the development team for Future Ready Schools NJ, a collaborative effort between NJSBA, the NJ Department of Education and NJIT for the creation of digital learning certification for all schools in NJ. Additionally, he co-chaired the Integrative STEAM task force to develop STEAM actions for the existing Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.   He is the principal designer and co-creator of STEAM Tank, an entrepreneurial design challenge for K-12 students and recently, Sustainable Jersey recognized him as their Sustainability Hero for the month of August. Lastly, Mr. Henry has a LEED Green Associate accreditation from US Green Building Council. Follow NJSBA on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on You Tube at!

Jeremy Reich.  Jeremy Reich is a Jeremy Reich is the former project coordinator of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey certification program with experience developing, establishing, maintaining, and supporting a number of K-20 programs and initiatives as the project coordinator for NJIT's Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research. He holds a BA in History from Drew University and an MAT in Social Studies from Rutgers University-Newark. Learn more about Jeremy at and connect with him via Twitter at @Jeremy_P_Reich!    

Kira Rizzuto.  Kira Rizzuto is the Program Development Manager at Arts Ed NJ, and brings to the role more than 15 years of professional experience in Visual Arts Management. She has been a professional development provider for numerous school districts and organizations, including the New Jersey Education Association and Art Educators of New Jersey. Additionally, Kira has designed and facilitated custom workshops with a focus on creativity and creative thinking. In her role at Arts Ed NJ, she collaborates with colleagues throughout New Jersey to plan and lead engaging professional learning experiences. She is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools iSTEAM Task Force.

Kira earned a BA in Social Science from the University of Pennsylvania, using coursework to explore the cultural sector and the functions of art making. In 2014, she completed an MA in Art + Design Education at the University of the Arts. The focus of her research was visual thinking methods and the impact of such methods upon organizational learning. In the fall of 2015 she completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program for emerging leaders at the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School. Follow Arts Ed on Twitter @artsednj and on Facebook at!

Dr. Kevin K. Robinson Dr. Robinson has a PhD from Walden University and is currently Program Supervisor of STEM at Rahway Public Schools.  Dr. Robinson has successfully instituted many STEM Summer Camps at various school districts throughout NJ the past eight years and is a partner of STEM Education, LLC. Follow Dr. Robinson and STEM Education, LLC on Facebook at!

Dr. Paul Semendinger Dr. Semendinger has been a passionate child-centered educator for almost 30 years. He first enjoyed a successful career as a middle school history earning numerous awards, including "Teacher of the Year" and the prestigious "A+ For Kids" grant before moving on to school administration. Dr. Semendinger has served as a high school vice principal, a middle school principal, and is currently the principal of the most wonderful elementary school in the whole world! Follow Dr. Semendinger on Twitter @DrPaulRSem!

Amy Traggianese. Amy has been an elementary visual arts educator in CT since 1995. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has over 30 years of arts integration experience. Amy specializes in integrating language arts, math, science and technology into the choice art studio. She is a writer and arts integration coach for Education Closet. Amy is an active educator voice on Facebook and Twitter and loves a good Twitter chat. Connect with her on social media (Twitter - @atragg; Instagram - @amytragg; Facebook/LinkedIn - Amy Traggianese) or at [email protected].

Crayola's... for teacher leaders and coaches, creatED offers the opportunity to learn and share the techniques of creative thinking and leadership to boost achievement and accelerate transformation.  creatED gives schools and districts practical, art-infused teaching strategies and insights that deepen creative thinking in schools. The program focuses on building creative capacity and embedding project- and inquiry-based learning in K–8 schools with Creative Leadership, Multiliteracies, and STEAM. The innovative teaching and learning approaches integrate across the curriculum and across grade spans.

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation... Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project brings rich, multimedia educational materials to teachers and students everywhere–at no cost. The lesson plan collections and resources at help teachers engage students by connecting the history of popular music to classroom work across the disciplines. From social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more: TeachRock has engaging and meaningful arts integration materials for every classroom.


Engage in hands-on learning experiences in our iSTEAM Playground!

Brought to you by our generous iSTEAM 2020 sponsors!


Audience: All Grade K-12 Teachers and Administrators 
Location: Ramapo College of NJ; Scott Student Center Alumni Lounges - Rooms SC 156-SC158

Cost: $179/registration; $99/registration for TMI Consortium Members

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 09:00 to 15:00
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K-12 General