iSTEAM Conference 2019: Full STEAM Ahead! (Reduced Cost for TMI PLC Members)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! January 11, 2019!


iSTEAM Conference 2019: Full STEAM Ahead!

It is with great enthusiasm that TMI Education in collaboration with the Ramapo College of NJ Office of Graduate and Adult Admissions and its sponsoring organizations invite your participation in its inaugural iSTEAM Conference 2019: Full STEAM Ahead! 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 2019 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!

Featured Keynote Speaker... PAUL REYNOLDS!

Paul Reynolds is... a children's book author who collaborates with his twin brother and NY Times #1 Best-Selling Author/Illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds. He is the key force behind International Dot Day, a teacher-initiated, annual program, which celebrates the themes of creativity and courage in Peter’s book The Dot. Participating teachers, librarians and students now number over 10 million in 170 countries. Their most recent books include Going Places, a picture book about creativity and engineering, and a  STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series called Sydney & Simon, which includes Full STEAM Ahead!, Go Green!, and To the Moon!

Paul Reynolds is... CEO/Co-Founder of FableVision Learning, an internationally recognized multimillion dollar publishing and multimedia firm, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries, including PBS, Sesame Street, National Academy of Sciences, Pearson, Scott Foresman, Jim Henson Productions, KCET, Cisco Systems, MIT, Maryland Public TV, etc.) Paul Reynolds is... Co-Founder and Executive Director of the 501 c3 non-profit Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity, Paul oversees the organization’s mission to foster creative, purposeful human potential around the globe. To that end, the Reynolds Center is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting more innovative ways to support teacher and students’ creativity across the curriculum with a signature focus on STEM/STEAM.

Paul Reynolds is... a teacher of digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two decades. 

Breakout Sessions and Presenters to include...

  • Opening Keynote: The Building Blocks of iSTEAM; Shawna Longo, BM/MPA
  • How to #GetInvolved and #GetCertified in the Future Ready Schools NJ Initiative! (Jeremy Reich and Jim Lipuma)
  • Building iSTEAM Challenges (John Henry)
  • Visual Language Through Info-Doodling (Pam Brennan)
  • Paper Prototyping for STEAM-Powered Learning (Andrea Calvin)
  • STEAM Lessons with Rock & Sonic Highways Hometowns Film Festival (Rock and Roll Forever Foundation) 
  • STEAM Environments (Dennis Montone)
  • Transitioning from STEM to STEAM (Christine Lion-Bailey)
  • How to Structure a STEAM Class (Matt Gottilla and Liz Demetrician)
  • Collaboratively Creating Lessons and Projects (Kurt Zimmermann)
  • Teaching Coding (Zachary Gates)
  • Musical Creativity in the Cloud (Music First)
  • Defined STEM: Creating Authentic Learning with a STREAMS Focus (Dr. David Reese)
  • ArtsEd Now: Making a Case for Creative Learning (Kira Rizzuto)

Introducting our Presenters!

Shawna LongoShawna E. Longo is the General Music (Music Technology) teacher at Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong, NJ.  She also serves as the Arts Integration & STEAM Specialist for TMI Education; Fellow, Writer, & Coach for Education Closet; and Ambassador for MusicFirst.  She is a clinician and consultant for music education, arts integration, and STEAM.  She is also a recipient of the 2018 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award and 2016 Governor’s Educator of the Year for Hopatcong Middle School.

Pamela L. Brennan.  Pamela lives Andover, New Jersey with her husband, Thomas.  Between them, they share seven children and ten grandchildren.  She graduated with her B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University in 1992 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership.  She has been teaching secondary English in the Hopatcong School District since 2005 after teaching in Boca Raton, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Andrea Calvin. Andrea is the Vice President of The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity. At the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, & Creativity, Andrea works to engage new and existing partners to ensure that all learners – especially children – develop the vision, confidence, knowledge and skills needed to succeed. She works closely with our pilot schools seamless deployment. 

Elizabeth Demetrician.  Elizabeth Demetrician is the K-2 STEM/INNOVATION teacher in Mountain Way School, Morris Plains.  She holds an MA in Supervision and is highly qualified in middle school Science.  She is facilitating a new after school program, in conjunction with NJIT, called LiFE.  This program is geared towards 3rd and 4th grade girls to continue their passion for Engineering and STEM related careers.  Her STEM program has been featured in articles appearing in NJ TEACHERS MAGAZINE and the MCCEA Newsletter.  She also facilitates STEM centered workshops for libraries, Scout troops, private parties and camps.

Zach Gates.  Zachary Gates is a choral music educator and music technologist based in central New Jersey. As an alumni of Westminster Choir College, Zachary teaches middle school choir and piano classes in East Brunswick, NJ, while also producing for multiple musicians in the area and producing his own work. His choral performances have included singing with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has conducted choirs at festivals, receiving superior marks, and has also conducted in Carnegie Hall. Zachary has also written, performed, and constructed experimental and electronic works that include electronic synthesis and sound-art installation in nearby Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a presenter, Zachary has offered workshops on topics like the East Brunswick Virtual Choir, using electronic sequencers and other components of electronic synthesizers in the classroom, the importance and methods for teaching the building blocks of coding to students, and how to use technology to improve efficiency and organization for educators. He has presented at the Eastern Division Conference for the National Association for Music Educators, the New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, New Jersey American Choral Directors Association Conference, and the New Jersey Technology in Music Education Conference.

Matt Gottilla.  Matt Gottilla currently teaches STEAM to students in grades three through eight in the Morris Plains School District. Matt possesses a subject matter specialization in Middle School Science and Highly Qualified status in Middle School Math. He developed the curriculum for the 3rd to 8th grade STEAM program which he currently teaches, focusing heavily on project-based, collaborative learning experiences for students. Through various challenges, STEAM students improve problem solving abilities, creative thinking, and interpersonal skills while simultaneously integrating and applying content knowledge. Always looking for new ways to boost student engagement and passion, Matt recently enjoyed transitioning his middle school students to a gamified learning environment emphasizing student autonomy and tangible progress.

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.

Christine Lion-Bailey.  Christine Lion-Bailey is the Director of Technology & Innovation for the Morris Plains School District in New Jersey where she provides school leaders & staff with support in the constant evolution of educational technology while sparking innovation and creativity.  Christine has a strong passion for balancing students’ educational experiences with social emotional learning, global awareness, and citizenship.  Christine is a Google Certified Innovator and an active member of the Future Ready Schools NJ team.  She frequently hosts workshops and presentations on various innovation topics and consults with school districts to support innovative educational practices.

Dennis Montone.  Dennis Montone is District Supervisor of Math and Science at the Bergen County Technical Schools and a founding member of the Bergen Makerspace.  Through the Bergen Makerspace Dennis has developed maker programs for students K- Adult  and provided professional development for teachers throughout NJ.  By bringing together the best of a community makerspace and the STEAM movement, Dennis is able to provide a unique perspective on the educational makerspace.

Jeremy Reich.  Jeremy Reich is a Project Coordinator in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds a BA in History from Drew University and more recently an MAT in Social Studies from Rutgers University – Newark. Jeremy has coordinated two grants in a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and is now the Project Coordinator of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey (FRS-NJ) Certification Program. Jeremy is also the editor and publisher of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Monthly Newsletter and is the manager and designer of    

FRS-NJ is a partnership between the NJDOE, the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) , and NJIT. FRS-NJ is designed to organize school and district efforts to best prepare their students for success in college, career, and citizenship in the digital age, foster inclusive collaboration, support these efforts, and connect New Jersey's educators and leaders to resources.

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.

Colette Young. Professor Young is the 6th grade science teacher and 9th grade Living Environment teacher at Columbia Secondary School. She is the director of the Cheerleading Program, Middle School Choir Conductor, and founder and director of the Executive Function Program. In addition, she is a semi-professional musician specializing in classical, Broadway, and opera music. She has performed as a soloist at various venues including the Kennedy Center, Temple Square, and throughout the Washington D.C. and New York, area. Currently she is a Doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and Science Education. Further, she is a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University in the music department. When she is not in a classroom or on the stage, you can find her tumbling for the Columbia University Cheerleading Team. Let’s go pride AND Let’s go Lions!

Kurt Zimmermann.  A graduate of William Paterson College, Kurt Zimmermann has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. Kurt works in the Hopatcong Borough Schools in Sussex County where he teaches band in both the high school and middle school.  He also directs the marching band, pep band, holiday ensemble and pit orchestra in the high school.  Mr. Zimmermann has previously taught in Rockaway Township and in the Westwood Regional School District.  During that time, Kurt has taught band, strings, general music and chorus, and he served as the District Chairperson for the Fine and Performing Arts Department in the Rockaway Township Public Schools.  He is listed in the Who's Who Among American Teachers.  Kurt is the Associate Music Director and Co-Principal Trumpet of the Hanover Wind Symphony.  He is an active performer in local churches and various cover bands.  He has conducted the 2007 New Jersey Region 1 Honors Intermediate Band and the  2014 the New Jersey Region 1 Elementary Honors Band, is a local private instrumental music instructor, and has served as the pit orchestra director or lead trumpet player in many local musical theatre productions.

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.

Defined STEM... is a K-12 project based learning solution that provides engaging, authentic lessons built around careers and career relevance. The cross-curricular projects provide opportunities for students to deepen understanding and apply their knowledge and skills through real world scenarios. David L. Reese, Ed.D Chief Academic Officer.

MusicFirst... is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for K-12 music education. It combines learning management software with engaging content and powerful integrated software to help educators monitor student progress, make lesson plans, and create assignments.

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 2019 sponsors...  









Audience: All Grade K-12 Teachers and Administrators 
Location: Ramapo College of NJ; Trustees Pavilion

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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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 09:00 to 15:00
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