Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships
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
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 […]
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 […]
The expanded learning organization Every Hour Counts – leader of the Frontiers in Urban Science Education Project – releases a report on its recent convening of citywide intermediary and foundation leaders to mark the 10-year anniversary of its founding. The report highlights the potential of expanded learning and K-12 school systems to work together on social-emotional learning, school climate, and […]
The Forum for Youth Investment’s Transforming Government, Transforming Communities examines cross-sector “place-based initiatives” of the Obama Administration. Place-based initiatives concentrate funding, flexibility, technical assistance and other support to help selected sites forge integrated approaches to community transformation that cut across individual programs, departments and sectors.
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, […]
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 […]