I've written a chapter about how we, at Scarsdale, built the case and the mindset for Design and Maker education by working across disciplines to create lessons that can be done in classrooms. Once the Design Lab is finished, we will have teachers ready to use it and students who understand the value of constructing something to demonstrate their understanding of complex knowledge.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Lately, I've been blogging for my school about the new STEAM courses that are running this year: introduction to engineering and introduction to design and fabrication. Check out the posts here: http://shsdesignlab.blogspot.com/ We just started our second semester teaching these two courses, in a Physics lab, in an effort to build the program before we have the space. At the same time, we have been planning for next year's courses and putting finishing touches on the Design Lab's plans. To learn more about the lab, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7XCYr11oPc&feature=youtu.be
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Proust’s Madeleine, embodied cognition and making art; what could these things possibly have in common? All things I am fascinated with and passionate about, I have never really understood what they had in common until recently. They were all floating in my head-in that fuzzy cloud where connected ideas hover although I can’t clearly see their connections-and as I ran-which is when most of my ideas work themselves out, it came to me. Proust’s Madeleine was about sensory memory. Biting into that cookie caused Swann to remember having tea at his grandmother’s house. The smell, the taste, the texture of the Madeleine brought it all back. Sensory memories are strong and I have always understood that. But neuroscience and philosophy, until recently, argued that the mind and body were separate and that the brain could exist in a vat without a body. I have always instinctively known that wasn’t true. As a sensory being, I know that my thoughts, memories and ideas are intricately linked to sensation. When I want to remember where I have left my car keys, I remember the coolness of the marble counter and the clink when they hit that hard surface. When I want to remember something I have read, I remember where I was and how I was sitting-in essence what I was feeling-to enable recall. Brain and body are intricately linked. Neuroscience is just now beginning to prove this through fMRIs and other research.
Making art requires sensations. You feel the pencil, as it moves across the page. You know how the clay will feel as you shape it. Without that knowledge you cannot imagine what your work of art might look like. The knowledge of how a material will react is embedded in sensation and in your body as well as your mind-you cannot separate the two. And the joy you feel in creating is in part a sensory experience. I make works on paper, because I love the feel of the brush or pencil as it moves over the surface. It is soothing and exciting at the same time and fulfills me in a way that is inexplicable and primal. Man is a sensory being and we have been making things since before recorded history. Body and mind are linked: thoughts and feelings are permanently joined in our synapses.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: M.A., Art History.
Williams College: B.A., cum laude; elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Studio Art and French Literature major.
Princeton Day School, Princeton, New Jersey: National Merit Scholar.
Innovation and Leadership
Coach, Teachers Guild:
Innovation Grant Recipient, Scarsdale Teachers Institute:
Co-Creator and Consultant, Ethics in Action, Ethics Lab, Georgetown University and The Ethics Institute, Kent Place School:
STEAM Curriculum Developer, Scarsdale Schools:
Innovation Grant Recipient, Center for Innovation, Scarsdale Schools:
Curriculum Author, The College Board:
Team Leader, Interdisciplinary Committee, Scarsdale Schools:
Innovation Grant Recipient, Center for Innovation, Scarsdale Schools:
Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York:
Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey:
MPALS, (Manhattanville Promotes Academic and Life-Long Success), Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY:
The Wooster School, Danbury, CT:
Selected Professional Development Workshops, Speaking and Consulting
NAIS conference, presenter: Design Thinking and Ethics in Action
New Jersey Performing Arts Center: Consultant on integrating Making, Makerspaces and the performing arts.
Professional development workshop Leader: Consulting on curriculum development integrating Design Thinking, STEAM and Making for numerous schools across the country.
Design Thinking Consultant, The Ethics Institute, Kent Place School: Design Thinking and Business workshop.
Presenter and Panelist, Higher Ed Maker Summit: Making at the High School Level and Maker Portfolios.
Maker Teacher, Agency by Design (Harvard’s Project Zero): Chosen as one of thirty teachers to work with AbD introducing their Thinking Routines into classrooms.
Professional Development Leader, Scarsdale Teachers Institute: Integrating Design Thinking, STEAM and Making into teachers’ practice.
Guest Curator, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Organized and wrote catalogue essay for “Anders Knutsson: Gates of Light.”
Curatorial Department, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: Organized and coordinated exhibitions, international loans from the collection and permanent collection galleries.
Stony Brook University: Administrative Degree, Obtained certification in NY State for District and Building Administration.
Manhattanville College: Post-Masters Certification Program, Obtained NY State Visual Arts, Professional Certification.
Selected Publications and Awards:
Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Nominated and awarded fellowship, encourage 21st century enlightenment by enriching society through ideas and action.
A.P. U.S. History Curriculum Resource: “Teaching History Using Cultural Artifacts,” with Margaret Favretti, Stephen Mounkhall and Tom Maguire, http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/apcentral/ap-us-history-curriculum-resource-teaching-history-using-cultural-artifacts.PDF
“Design Thinking Develops Empathy,” http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2016/06/design_thinking_develops_empathy.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=globallearning
“Design Thinking Develops Global Citizens,” http://www.boostcollaborative.com/breakfastclub/item/614-design-thinking-develops-global-citizens
“Architecture, Psychology and Furniture?” with Fallon Plunkett, http://www.edutopia.org/blog/architecture-psychology-furniture-fallon-plunkett-lisa-yokana
“3 Key Factors for Creating a "Maker Culture" at Your School,” with Blake Auchincloss,
“School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz,” with Blake Auchincloss, http://www.edutopia.org/blog/school-makerspaces-building-the-buzz-lisa-yokana
“Design Thinking, Making and Learning from the Heart,” with Emily Block, http://www.edutopia.org/blog/design-thinking-making-learning-from-heart-emily-block-lisa-yokana
“Creating an Authentic Maker Rubric,” http://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-authentic-maker-education-rubric-lisa-yokana
“Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset,” http://www.edutopia.org/blog/capture-learning-crafting-maker-mindset-lisa-yokana
“The Art of Thinking Like a Scientist,” http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol9/909-yokana.aspx
“Four Steps to Becoming a Maker Teacher,” with Gayle Allen http://gettingsmart.com/2014/05/4-steps-becoming-maker-teacher/
“The Student Side of Making,” with Gayle Allen http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-student-side-of-making-gayle-allen
Grant Work Innovation Websites:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Blog post for the BOOST Breakfast Club....
“Design Thinking Develops Global Citizens,”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
I think a lot about how to make students curious. It seems to me that most of mine have lost the ability to see the world around them and wonder about it. And it makes me sad. Electronics is one easy way to hook them into learning and doing. Take a look at my YouTube channel to see videos of the finished project and some happy students having fun!