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Embrace Makerspace

A Pocket Guide for Elementary School Administrators

Randee Bonagura

Embrace Makerspace will guide elementary school leaders to create an enriching STEAM experience for their students. Principals will gain an understanding of the building and district-wide considerations needed for their makerspace initiative to be successful. Detailed information is provided about teaching and learning philosophies that makerspace incorporates, budgeting and branding practices to enhance your materials and supplies, professional development strategies and ideas to engage teachers, and suggestions for ways principals can develop as lead makers. Throughout the book practical tips and tricks for a successful makerspace experience can be found, including resources and tools for overall assessment of the program. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 102Size: 5 3/4 x 9
978-1-4758-2890-0 • Hardback • December 2016 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4758-2891-7 • Paperback • December 2016 • $20.00 • (£13.95)
978-1-4758-2892-4 • eBook • December 2016 • $19.00 • (£12.95)
Randee Bonagura has been in the field of education for twenty years and has served as an elementary teacher, school administrator and adjunct professor on Long Island. She is passionate about infusing enriching opportunities for all students across the curriculum.
Chapter 1: Collaboration
Chapter 2: Philosophy in Action
Chapter 3: Creating and Cultivating Space
Chapter 4: Developing a Supply Stream
Chapter 5: Scheduling, Staffing, and Professional Development
Chapter 6: Budget and Branding
Chapter 7: Assessment
Chapter 8: The Journey Ahead
Appendix: Resources
About the Author
Embracing Makerspace: A Pocket Guide for Elementary School Administrators is a very readable and very important book. America's future may not lie in the realm of large corporations as in the past but in the creative, local and responsive problem solving that makerspaces stimulate. It is important that we allow our students time to tinker, explore and create. Big things can come from small beginnings. Exhibit one: Steve Jobs and the beginnings of Apple in his garage. This practical guide provides real ideas for initiating something that is at the very core of good education - creative problem solving.
Michael Keany, School Leadership 2.0 Co-Founder

The maker movement is the latest trend in society, but many administrators are unfamiliar with developing a successful maker program in their schools. Dr. Bonagura's practical guide Embrace Makerspace supports educators on their journey of establishing a maker culture with topics ranging from developing interest, planning a space, creating a budget, establishing procedures, and managing resources and time. Through clear suggestions and knowledge gained through the experience of creating a makerspace in her school, Dr. Bonagura's work allows readers to create a makerspace that reflects the interests and needs of their students.
Kristina A. Holzweiss, 2015 School Library Journal/Scholastic School Librarian of the Year, Founder of SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo, and Founder of Long Island Makes