Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lisa's CV

                  Lisa Yokana


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:
  • Design Thinking coach for IDEO and Riverdale Country School initiative solving educational challenges.
  • Lead Design Thinking workshops and coach individuals through challenges.

Innovation Grant Recipient, Scarsdale Teachers Institute:
  • Writing and implementing curriculum around wearable technologies with K-12 teachers.

Co-Creator and Consultant, Ethics in Action, Ethics Lab, Georgetown University and The Ethics Institute, Kent Place School:
  • Leading students and faculty solving real world ethical issues through Design Thinking process.

STEAM Curriculum Developer, Scarsdale Schools:
  • Creating curriculum and vision for high school Design Lab to open in fall of 2017.  
  • Public advocate for program and fundraising.

Innovation Grant Recipient, Center for Innovation, Scarsdale Schools:
  • Created and implemented a K-12 STEAM curriculum for MakerSpaces.

Curriculum Author, The College Board:  
  • A.P. US History Curriculum Resource Guide, “Teaching History Using Cultural Artifacts.”

Team Leader, Interdisciplinary Committee, Scarsdale Schools:
  • Examined existing interdisciplinary work and determined future best practices.

Innovation Grant Recipient, Center for Innovation, Scarsdale Schools:
  • Investigated existing Innovation Education models and launched practices.

Teaching Experience

Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, New York:
  • STEAM, art and architecture teacher.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum development and implementation.
  • Design Thinking, STEAM and Making curriculum integration across disciplines.

Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey:
  • Studio Art and Advanced Placement Art History teacher.
  • Incorporated technology into Art History through online course management system.
  • Co-Director of Diversity: Created and implemented survey on diversity issues resulting in creation of position.

MPALS, (Manhattanville Promotes Academic and Life-Long Success), Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY:
  • Teaching studio art and art history to low-income, minority students.

The Wooster School, Danbury, CT:
  • Art and Art History teacher.

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.

Curatorial Experience

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

“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

“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: