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Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai

Nurturing Young Innovators

Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community

International Society for Technology in Education 2017

New Books in EducationNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network May 11, 2018 Trevor Mattea

In this episode, I speak with Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai about their book, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom,...

In this episode, I speak with Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai about their book, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community (International Society for Technology in Education, 2017). This book offers a helpful guide for K-12 teachers in implementing makerspaces. We discuss makerspaces, their role in education, and the ways teachers and parents can collaborate to foster new skills. They recommend the following books for listeners interested in their work and our conversation:

Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd
STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom by Jacie Maslyk
Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities by Kristen Mattson
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
Teaching the 4Cs with Technology: How Do I Use 21st-Century Tools to Teach 21st-Century Skills? by L. Taddei and S. Budhai
Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School by Laura Fleming

McLaughlin Taddei and Smith Budhai both join New Books in Education for the interview. To share your thoughts on the podcast, you can connect with McLaughlin Taddei on Twitter at @drlaurataddei.


Trevor Mattea is a teacher at Cascade Canyon School as well as an educational consultant and speaker. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, parent involvement, project-based learning, and technology integration. He can be reached by email at info@trevormattea.com or on Twitter at @tsmattea.