University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Steven Shaw


Steven Shaw, lecturer, has over 25 years of experience as a teacher in K - 8 schools and colleges in Wisconsin and Washington. His extensive background integrating fine arts and creativity education into the elementary school classroom stems from artist-in-residence, classroom teacher, teacher leader, and teacher educator positions including program implementor for Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee. In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington-Seattle. His dissertation research explored elementary classroom teacher and artist partnerships as a form of professional development. Dr. Shaw’s research, conference presentations, and collaborative workshops have addressed K-8 teaching, professional development design for teachers, and integrated curriculum exploring the role of the arts in elementary schools. He has served as an advisory board member for the Avansando Lectura y Matematicas pormedio del Arte (Advancing Reading and Mathematics through the Arts) ALMA project that is a collaborative endeavor with Bruce-Guadalupe School, Latino Artists, and UW-Milwaukee faculty members designed to explore the effects of culturally relevant, project-based learning through the visual arts on student achievement in reading, English language arts, and mathematics. He is also affiliated with a Wisconsin statewide action research group that explores assessment of student-centered learning in the arts through project-based initiatives that promote creative thinking skills.