The Transformation of STEAM to STREAMS

An exploration of Spiritual Development, Nature, and Learning

7:00 p.m. Friday June 23, 2017 in Emery Arts Center Free and Open to the Public

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Please join Deb Schein as she shares a definition of spiritual development that has helped her transform STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and STEAM (where the A represents art) to a new acronym STREAMS. This new acronym is more inclusive of developing whole children and builds upon a definition of spiritual development useable for all children. It also encompasses children’s need for nature. Come hear her story and learn about this exciting new acronym that she now calls – STREAMS for Living and Learning.

Deborah L. Schein has been an early childhood educator since 1972. After many years of teaching in urban, suburban, private, and public early childhood classrooms and colleges, she completed a Ph.D. in order to research a definition of spiritual development. She currently works as an educational consultant and teaches early childhood graduate courses for Champlain College . Deborah 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. She has also helped in publishing several books – What’s Jewish about Butterflies (Handelman & Schein, 2003), The Great Outdoors (Rivkin with Schein, 2014), and two books that will be published 2016-2017 by Redleaf Press and WholePerson Press. It is Deb’s goal to help others nurture the spiritual life of children.


This lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Biosophical Institute that is headquartered in Bath, Maine.  It is a private, non-profit foundation that provides programs and funding for grants and scholarships furthering character and peace education. The mission of the Biosophical Institute is to create a culture of peace, through character and peace education, by building a global community that develops the life wisdom of each person and deepens individual relationships. You can learn more about the institute from their website:

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