lisa yokana

Innovation Education Consulting

Let's educate our students so they can go out into the world and make positive change

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about me.

An educator for over twenty years, Lisa Yokana was the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) coordinator at Scarsdale High School, where she designed and taught a three level STEAM course sequence for Scarsdale’s Design Lab. In 2019, the program won the gold medal in the STEAMEX international contest for innovative curriculum design. In 2021, Lisa created the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge which brought together students from 15 schools around the world to design solutions to the UNSDGs. Lisa works with teachers across the disciplines to integrate Design Thinking and Making into their curriculum. She was a Coach for IDEO’s Teachers Guild, is an author of curriculum for outside organizations including the U.S. History Advanced Placement course and co-instructed Project Zero/Harvard Graduate School of Education’s online class: Thinking and Learning in the Maker Centered Classroom. Lisa also teaches entrepreneurship at Iona University’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She leads Innovation Education, Design Thinking and Maker workshops and presents at conferences, encouraging educators to shift their practice. Lisa earned her BA in Studio Art and French Literature from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her Master's Degree in Art History from Columbia University. She also has a degree in building and district level administration from Stony Brook University.



Winner International STEAM Curriculum Developer Competition, 2019, Shanghai, China. Keynote speaker at corresponding conference.

Transforming Education through Leading and Learning Award (TELL), for innovative teaching, March 2023



A.P. U.S. History Curriculum Resource: “Teaching History Using Cultural Artifacts,” with Margaret Favretti, Stephen Mounkhall and Tom Maguire

From Prototype to Pitch, “Building a Maker Culture-Before the Space,” Marymount School of New York, 2017.

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Using Ideaflow in STEAM”, Higher Education, March 2023

“Design Thinking Develops Empathy,”

“Design Thinking Develops Global Citizens”

“Architecture, Psychology and Furniture?” with Fallon Plunkett

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