Evaluation

Evaluation

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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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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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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The Connection, STEM Ecosystem Newsletter, Volume IV, July 2016
July 7, 2016 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

News, resources and ideas for cross-sector collaborations that engage STEM learners everywhere STEM AND CAREERS/WORKFORCE Career Pathway Systems: Lessons from Miami American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) staff and a group of national leaders recently visited Miami-Dade County Public Schools, renowned for its commitment to providing students with multiple pathways to success. Their career pathway efforts center around programs of study […]

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National Research Council: Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning
March 11, 2016 · Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This summer, the National Research Council (NRC) released Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings, identifying three criteria for programs to result in strong outcomes for students: 1) engage young people intellectually, academically, socially and emotionally, 2) respond to young people’s interests, experiences and cultural practices, and 3) connect STEM learning in out-of-school, school, home and other settings. The report, authored […]

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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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