"Anne Jolly’s brilliant how-to guide for designing STEM lessons offers practical advice for engaging students and building their teamwork and communication skills. She offers words of wisdom for what STEM teachers need to know and do. Her book is bound to inspire a system of STEM teacher leadership that can spread her expertise."
--Barnett Berry, CEO and Partner, Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ)
"I was hooked on STEM by Design right from the introduction. Jolly shows the reader what STEM looks and sounds like and shares with us that we can do it too. The chapter on analyzing lessons for STEM potential will especially be of value since educators don’t always have time to start from scratch. The tools and resources provided in the book will help provide quality learning experiences for all students."
--Kathy Renfrew, Science Assessment Coordinator for Vermont and NSTA NGSS Curator
"This book offers accessible, user-friendly support to anyone seeking to start or improve a STEM program. Educators at multiple levels will value Jolly’s intimacy with the classroom, empathy for the challenges of implementing a successful STEM program, and specific guidance and tools to help chart out the path from wherever they are today to their STEM education destination. At times, it felt like Jolly was in the room, just over my shoulder, helping me think through this journey. It’s especially helpful that Jolly launches the whole adventure with a straightforward description of her vision for this destination, and that she acknowledges that it is not the only way to pursue high-quality, integrated STEM. In this, she avoids prescriptive language and a one-size-fits-all approach that can turn reform into regression. However, she does clearly delineate the difference between integrated STEM learning and STEM-in-name-only—a vital contribution to her readers! Throughout, Jolly demonstrates that STEM and 21st Century thinking is not just for students but part of being a dynamic and successful STEM educator. Not just a great starting point, this book can serve as an important big-picture companion to other resources that educators will also want to tap into on their journey into STEM. I can’t wait to share it with my clients and participants in my professional development programs."
--Carolyn DeCristofano, President, Blue Heron STEM Education
Anne Jolly is a STEM consultant, MiddleWeb blogger, and online community organizer for the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory. She began her career as a middle school science teacher in Mobile, Alabama and has co-developed nationally recognized STEM curriculum with support from the National Science Foundation.