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Afterschool & STEM System-Building Evaluation 2016
March 2, 2016 · Evaluation

This evaluation is among the first at a large scale to measure the impact of afterschool programs on students’ STEM-related attitudes and social-emotional/21st-century skills. The evaluation was a collaboration between The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University and McLean Hospital IMMAP: Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis & Policy at Texas Tech University.

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The Connection, STEM Ecosystem Newsletter, Volume 1, March 2016
February 28, 2016 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School, Underrepresented in STEM, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

  Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Connection! We hope this monthly newsletter will provide you with new ideas and resources to support your work cultivating STEM learning ecosystems in your communities. Please share ideas and news for inclusion with ktraphagen@stemnext.org.  NEWS Computer Science for All: The White House also recently launched Computer Science for All to expand opportunities […]

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Assessing the Impacts of STEM Learning Ecosystems
November 9, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Program Design

STEM learning ecosystems harness contributions of educators, policymakers, families, businesses, informal science institutions, afterschool and summer providers, higher education, and many others towards a comprehensive vision of STEM learning for all children. This paper offers evidence of the impact of cross-sector partnerships on young people, and a logic model template for communities so they may further develop the attributes, strategies, […]

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Building Local Systems of Programmatic Support for STEM Learning: A Practical Guide for Developing Regional Communities of Practice
November 9, 2015 · Evaluation, Program Design

This guide to forming a Community of Practice (CoP) to increase quality/quantity of STEM learning is based on lessons learned by a network of five CoPs across California – the Power of Discovery STEM2. The guide’s author distinguishes CoPs from “other more traditional professional development settings in that they are not focused on content delivery but rather are designed as […]

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Science in California’s Public After-School Programs: New Insights Provide Guidance for Improvements
November 9, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Professional Development

This study by SRI of science offerings among publicly funded afterschool programs in California found that programs benefited from having an outside partner to provide science-based resources. Public afterschool sites with external partners—most of which provided professional development—offered more frequent science, and more inquiry-based science experiences. The study also found that local resources and agencies were just as beneficial as […]

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Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings
November 9, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

To help policy makers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources in their community, this report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings. The report draws from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM […]

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Self-Assessment and Program Planning Tool for STEM in Out-of-School
November 9, 2015 · Evaluation, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The purpose of this Program Planning Tool is to enable out-of-school time programs to assess existing STEM learning opportunities and assets and develop a STEM program plan. Largely geared for programs that are beginning in STEM.

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Learning Through Tinkering in STEM Education
November 9, 2015 · Professional Development

The Exploratorium’s Connected Collections support professional learning conversations about specific topics. This collection explores how to create imaginative and open-ended STEM-rich tinkering experiences in classrooms and afterschool settings. The collection has five research briefs with summary descriptions, a set of discussion prompts and links to other relevant resources.

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