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Amy Schwartzbach-Kang

Amy grew up surrounded by a family of scientists, but never thought of herself as a “science person.”

After a brief stint in the world of advertising, she flung herself into teaching, where she found her heart and her voice. She has worked in Chicago Public Schools for over 12 years, and is National Board certified.

Amy earned an M.Ed. in instructional curriculum and design, and an M.Ed. in educational literacy. She has presented at teachers’ conferences on incorporating interactive literacy strategies in the classroom, and she is a seven-time recipient of a competitive grant allowing her to incorporate project-based learning in her classroom.

Somewhere along the way, Amy realized that there doesn’t have to be a hard line between being a “science person” and a “creative person.” She co-founded The Laboratory Chicago, a space to experiment with STEAM and connect science, literacy, and creativity. She works as an education consultant helping students, teachers, and schools connect science with storytelling and popular culture.

In her free time, Amy enjoys photography, long family walks with her dogs and baby, and the occasional marathon.

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    • Integrated Studies

      A Project That Combines History and Science

      When fourth graders are asked to redesign the Mayflower, they work with content in several subject areas at the same time.
    • Brain-Based Learning

      Dragons and Fairy Tales in Science Class

      Using stories as a hook to grab students’ attention leads them to deep engagement with scientific concepts.
    • Math

      Using Pop Culture to Teach STEM

      Beach reads and summer blockbusters can be tools to create more engaging STEM lessons for the school year.
    • Integrated Studies

      Learning Math by Seeing It as a Story

      An English teacher co-teaching trigonometry asked students to explain an equation to a child and to turn discrete problems into a story.
    • Integrated Studies

      Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

      Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
    • STEM

      The STEM Zombie Apocalypse

      What can zombies teach kids about the brain? Images from popular culture provide an entry point to exploring science and math.
    • Integrated Studies

      CSI Verona: Science and Literature Combine

      Bringing together Shakespeare and forensics, or Icarus and design thinking, shows how literature and science can illuminate each other.

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