FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will host a presentation by Deborah Schein, Ph.D., early childhood educator, on including art and spiritual development in STEM education.

“The Transformation of STEAM to STREAMS” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the Emery Community Arts Center. The evening presentation is free and open to the public.

Schein works as an educational consultant and teaches early childhood graduate courses at Champlain College. She offers workshops across the country for national movements and participates in webinars about the connection between spiritual development, nature and peace education for young children.

The lecture is sponsored by the Biosophical Institute, a Maine foundation that provides grants and scholarships furthering character and peace education.

Schein’s talk will help kick off UMF’s second annual Nature-Based Summer Institute. The innovative conference includes workshop sessions on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, that will help educators inspire learning in their classrooms and educational settings based on a child’s sense of wonder about nature.

Held at venues around the UMF campus and at local outdoor areas, the conference sessions will include curriculum for students from birth through high school. Sessions will include exploring nature through agriculture, journaling with adolescents and demonstrating proficiency through nature-based education.

Saturday’s featured keynote will be Michelle Rupiper, Ph.D., educator, author and international speaker. Her presentation will explore how nature-based learning supports the ability to pay attention, plan, remember, use self-control and solve problems.

FMI: www2.umf.maine.edu/gradstudies/nbe/, [email protected]

Deborah Schein


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