Program Design

Program Design

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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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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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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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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TRSA Governance Task Force Report
November 2, 2015 · Evaluation, Program Design

Details the vision statement, design principles, network architecture, and governance structure chosen by a regional coordinating entity.

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Characteristics of Out-of-School Time Science Programs Offered by Distinct Organization Types
November 2, 2015 · Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This article provides a description and early findings from an ongoing study at the University of Colorado Boulder to map science out-of-school time programs nationally. Analyzing the strengths and challenges of OST science programs offered by different types of organizations, the authors report on “the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations of different types— for example, to meld the […]

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Principal Investigator’s Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Project (CAISE)
October 23, 2015 · Evaluation, Program Design

This Guide is designed to help principal investigators and other leaders of informal STEM education projects integrate evaluation into all phases of project design, development, and implementation. Such projects include exhibits, media projects, websites, community science projects, afterschool programs, festivals, family activities, online games, citizen science projects, and other efforts to help people learn about science in the course of […]

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2012 AfterZone Summer Scholars Collaborative Teaching Model
October 23, 2015 · Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This video describes the partnership between the Providence After School Alliance and Providence Public Schools to implement the AfterZone Summer Scholars program. Summer teaching teams consist of a community-based STEM educator, a district teacher, and an AfterZone staff member, who co-develop and co-teach a collaborative curriculum that connects STEM and literacy skills with hands-on field research. Students engage in fun, […]

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