Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships
Libraries are important STEM learning spaces. This brief provides examples of libraries engaging children and families in STEM learning experiences through cross-sector partnerships. Features STAR_Net’s Discover Earth and Discover Tech with library-specific activities, outreach and online/in-person training opportunities.
This Indiana STEM School Self-Evaluation rubric is an example of state level K12 education seeding and supporting cross-sector collaboration. Community engagement and extended learning are required for aspiring STEM schools, while the rubric references the state Afterschool Specialty Standards for STEM.
This is an example of a job description for a county-level Department of Education (Orange County, CA) professional charged with building cross-sector partnerships.
California’s plan for implementing NGSS is a great example of how an ecosystem approach can inform K-12 priorities on a statewide level. Two out of the eight CA strategies focus on partnerships.
This design studio workbook, used to facilitate the creation of Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, provides details on the design process and design thinking.
Provides an example of the formation of regional coordinating entity, including situational analysis, strategy/tactics, organizational structure and governance, job descriptions and budgets.
This toolkit describes strategies and shares tools and resources to help build the supply and quality of informal science programming in afterschool and summer programs.
These downloadable assessment and planning tools—geared towards OST practitioners—were developed by the California AfterSchool Network and the California STEM Learning Network but are applicable to programs and partnerships in any state. Especially useful are the clear definitions of quality for OST and OST STEM, and the detailed descriptions of what strong partnerships among schools, OST programs, and other stakeholders look like in practice. Supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Noyce Foundation and the Samueli Foundation.
This guide is a large document – here we bring your attention to the chapter on creating collaborations, networks and partnerships, and the section on Pitfalls to Avoid.