Meet Dr. Diane

Dr. Diane Jackson Schnoor brings more than 20 years of formal and informal education leadership to the professional development adventure. She earned her M.T. and PhD in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. In addition to teaching elementary school and working with early reading intervention programs, she founded a preschool built on the idea that all children were natural scientists and explorers (and that picture books could connect all of the thematic units). While working in the museum education field, she developed and provided in-person and virtual hands-on science and STEM programs that brought the "wow" and inspired curiosity and wonder in children of all ages. She also created STEAM Nights that engaged thousands of families in interactive, literature-based challenges across a tri-state region, as well as developed a highly successful summer camp program. Over the years, Dr. Diane has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences, focusing on helping educators connect multicultural literature to engaging and meaningful STEM/STEAM challenges. Dr. Diane currently serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia and Shenandoah University, where her mission is to help her students use diverse children's literature to provide windows and mirrors as they challenge their students to engage in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creative challenges.


Beyond Ever After


Beyond Ever After STEAM On Demand Virtual Course: Work at your own pace and learn how to build STEM/STEAM connections through diverse folk and fairy tales: Receive professional development credits after you complete this high-energy 3 hour on demand virtual course produced with Steve Spangler Inc. As a bonus, you will receive a 50+ page PDF filled with curriculum connections and program ideas you can put to work immediately. Discounts available for group purchases, plus get special pricing when you purchase as part of live programming or professional development workshops. 


Beyond Ever After STEAM Professional Development Workshop (geared to PK-5 teachers and assistants, librarians, and administrators): Join Dr. Diane for a half or full day professional development experience dedicated to learning how to connect fractured fairy-tale to authentic STEAM-based learning experiences that will  get your students fully engaged and wanting to learn more. You’ll walk away with a new perspective on traditional stories, strategies, and ideas guaranteed to awaken your sense of wonder and to help you immediately build science and STEAM connections in your early childhood, library, or elementary setting. Learn how to connect science to literacy, oral communication, gross motor skills, math, and dramatic and artistic play. The emphasis is on learning to make connections between diverse children's literature and all subjects in the curriculum. Every activity and strategy can be completed using materials you already have in your classroom, school, library, or home education setting!