Resources

Resources

Time for a New ISEF Sponsor to take a Shot! Science Fairs Are an Important Arrow in the STEM Education Quiver
February 24, 2017 · Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

Opportunity is knocking for the next champion of the world’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious and most inclusive high school STEM competition to step forward: International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is up for grabs.  

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STEM Learning Ecosystem Year One – Annual Report
February 22, 2017 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation

On behalf of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative (SLE), TIES, staff and consultants, and most importantly, the initial cohort of 27 STEM ecosystem communities, we want to share the first AnnualReport of the Initiative. SLE Annual Report Year 1

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Senior Showcase Introduces Students to Mentors for Discussion of Projects and Career Pathways
February 21, 2017 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Program Design, Youth Pathways

KC STEM Alliance, one of the lead partners of ecosySTEM KC, calls on its network of industry and nonprofit partners to enrich student and teacher experiences with Project Lead The Way, a national project-based in-school curriculum. The approach is working: Student enrollment increased 92 percent from 2014-15 to 2015-16, reaching more than 37,000 students in 33 school districts. To kick […]

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PEAR STEM Learning Ecosystems: Evaluation and Assessment Findings
January 3, 2017 · Evaluation

Researchers at the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience presented findings from a survey of STEM Learning Ecosystems’ thoughts about collaboration on evaluation and assessment STEM Learning Ecosystems: Evaluation and Assessment Findings. Results revealed that half of the ecosystems are using at least one data collection tool to evaluate STEM learning, and the level of evaluation progress can be […]

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Design for Success: Developing a STEM Ecosystem
January 3, 2017 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation

Researchers at the University of San Diego’s Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education asked the question, “How do partners building and running a STEM learning ecosystem define the parameters of an “effective” ecosystem?” The findings from the year-one study can be found in the recent report: Design for Success: Developing a STEM Ecosystem. The findings explore dimensions of eight critical factors identified and […]

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STEM Educators Academy Research Brief – Lessons in Cross-Sector Professional Development and Teaching/Learning
September 27, 2016 · Evaluation, Professional Development

A few months ago, Expand ED Schools – a partner in the New York City STEM Education Network, released a new research brief reporting on the promising findings of the STEM Educators Academy, an ExpandED Schools initiative where classroom teachers and after-school educators engage in joint professional development at premiere science institutions and then work together back at their schools to […]

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Expanding Access to Computer Science in High School
September 27, 2016 · Underrepresented in STEM

Expanding access to computer science courses — now available at just one out of 4 high schools – is the focus of several efforts at the state level that complement the President’s Computer Science for All Initiative and the Computer Science Education Coalition. Loretta Goodwin, Senior Director of American Youth Policy Forum, details efforts in Arkansas and Massachusetts that provide […]

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Black and Latino Students Likely to Lack Access to Advanced Courses in High School
September 26, 2016 · Underrepresented in STEM

The U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division this summer released data from the 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The data showed that only 48 percent of high schools with high black and Latino student enrollment offer physics, compared to 67 percent of high schools with […]

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What is Systems Thinking and Why Do We Need It?
September 26, 2016 · Evaluation, Program Design

Ecosystem cultivators understand that it’s not enough to come up with an innovative new program or practice; their goal is to catalyze change in the way communities approach STEM learning. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Vanessa Kirsch, Jim Bildner and Jeff Walker explain how social entrepreneurs need “a set of tools and a framework designed to address the complexity […]

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