January 17, 2018: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register

In January, we’ll hear from expert presenters about tackling two of STEM’s hardest challenges: Meaningful integration with the creative arts and language and literacy-rich STEM experiences for young dual-language learners.

Akua Kouyate-Tate, Vice President of Education at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, will share experiences and best practices in STEM from their flagship education program Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. She will detail how the Institute has been pioneering STEM Arts learning through their innovative residency program, which pairs a professional Teaching Artist will early childhood educators to learn hands-on how to integrate the performing arts into their classrooms. Cindy Hoisington from EDC will describe an EDC program in Hartford, Connecticut that promotes integrated science and language experiences for young students learning English as a second language.


Cindy Hoisington believes that authentic, challenging science experiences can be transformative for young children and their teachers. At Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), she primarily designs and delivers science professional development for educators and, as a member of the EDC Ready to Learn team, supports the quality of PBS digital resources. She also collaborates with colleagues on the 4-year, $3 million i3 project Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) aimed at promoting literacy-rich science experiences in school, at home, and in the community for pre-school to Grade One children in the Hartford, Connecticut. Public Schools who are learning English as a second language. She was the science advisor for the educational television series Curious George and has created child, teacher, and family science materials for PEEP and the Big Wide World and the Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That! Hoisington received a BS in biology from the University of Massachusetts and an MEd from Bridgewater State College. She has done post-graduate work in math and science education at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Akua Kouyate-Tate oversees all of Wolf Trap’s Education Programs including the nationally recognized Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Wolf Trap Internship Program. Prior to joining Wolf Trap in 2001, Ms. Kouyate-Tate worked for more than 25 years as an administrator, educator, and professional artist with arts and disability organizations and government agencies including Memory of African Culture, Inc.; Young Audiences – DC Chapter; DC Public Schools; United Cerebral Palsy; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Library of Congress. She also has served as an Adjunct Faculty member of Dance Major programs at Howard University, University of Maryland, American University, and George Mason University; as a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts agencies; and regularly presents at national and international conferences on arts education. Ms. Kouyate-Tate holds a MA in Arts Management and a BA in Performing Arts-Dance from American University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award and a 2015 BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference K -12 Promotion of Education Award.  She has conducted postgraduate research in African Cultural Studies at Howard University and in the countries of Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia.

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About these webinars

Every month, we organize an opportunity for STEM organizations to learn from each other. Past webinars have covered STEM school design, teacher training, and engaging industry in STEM partnerships. This service is offered thanks to your state’s membership in the national STEMx network.

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