Out of School Stakeholder | STEM Ecosystems

WHEN THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS …

Minds don’t go dormant; learning happens everywhere.

People, especially young people, are capable of learning in any environment. In fact, some of the most exciting, hands-on lessons can happen outside of the classroom. Out-of-school and summer school programs, at science halls, museums, cultural centers, libraries and community centers, are breeding grounds for sparking creativity and guiding learning progressions.

Join us in a review of research and stories from the field to best support Our Neighborhood in connecting with out of school and expanded education learning opportunities.

Research

Below is an on-going compilation of research that reviews the importance of exposure and access to expanded learning opportunities outside the school day. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information in the here).

Current Issues in Out-of-School Time. ( A Series of Books)

A series of books published looking into the current issues in the out-of-school space. Content includes both research and promising practices.
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Families in the Driver’s Seat: Parent-driven Lessons and Guidelines for Collective Engagement.

This comprehensive report and ready-to-use curriculum for family engagement was created by the Equitable Parent–School Collaboration Research Project at the University of Washington. With a train the trainer model, the curriculum works to build authentic parent and family engagement to improve student outcomes and success.
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GENIAL: Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for all Latinos

Learning from a two-day conference to best support Latinx students in informal science environments. Organizations must take risks beyond their status quo, which includes better supporting diverse staff members serving students in informal environments.
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Data Inquiry for Equitable Collaboration: The Case of Neighborhood House’s Data Carousel

This study acknowledges the traditional role that data collection has played as a vehicle for demonstrating compliance, in addition it a new, meaningful role that it can play when collection efforts are approached collaboratively with families.
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Building Relationships, Bridging Cultures: Cultural Brokering in Family Engagement

Research around the important role of “cultural brokers” play between families and schools. Cultural brokers serve as bridges and translators between family and schools and can adopt strategies for building parent and family capacity.
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Breaking Down Barriers Between Educators and Families Through Technology

Technology can play a powerful role in connecting families, students and educators and thought and effort must be placed into developing accessible communications vehicles and strategies. Technology can be especially useful at breaking down barriers for immigrant families as the author recounts their own education experience.
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Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement Engaging Families to Transform Education

This paper is intended to stimulate work that can result in “next generation family engagement” that involves aligned, strategic and systemic approaches to family and community engagement from a child’s birth to young adulthood.
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Children and Parents Learning Side-by-Side to Acquire STEM Knowledge: A Case Study of the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program

Case study on the Chi S&E program, recruiting parents and families on Saturdays to learn and apply science, technology, engineering and math side by side with their student. The program demonstrates a family engagement model that leads to improved student achievement, and the building of institutional / systems capacity among all key stakeholders.
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Expanding Access and Inclusion in STEM through Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Girls and youth of color must have roles as creators of technology, and not just its consumers. In order for this to happen, all stakeholders, including out-of-school leaders, must be engaged.
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Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments

Children learn STEM in both formal and informal environments, with the most effective learning resulting from experiences that involve connections across various environments and collaborations among formal and informal institutions.
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Stories from the Field & Practical Tips

We hope you enjoy stories from the many community based organizations and cultural centers who shared with us. This is by no means an exhaustive list of tips and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information here).

STEM Ready America: Inspiring and Preparing Students for Success with Afterschool and Summer Learning

STEM Ready America: Inspiring and Preparing Students for Success with Afterschool and Summer Learning

With flexible and fun learning environments, expanded education opportunities keep students sharp and excited about learning. They also help to eliminate learning gaps over the course of a child’s life. The Compendium shares stories from the field to inspire powerful expanded education programs in your community.
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A Presentation - The Road to STEM Careers Runs Through Science Fair

A Presentation – The Road to STEM Careers Runs Through Science Fair

The Society for Science and the Public shows how science fairs can be an important community-based tool to engage students and families in STEM.
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The Living IDEABOOK

The Living IDEABOOK

The Global Family Research Project has transformed the Ideabook: Libraries for Families into a living, digital compilation of research-based frameworks, practical tips and new ideas for public libraries, families and the greater community.
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In Constant Communication

In Constant Communication

Queens, NY is the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world, with as many as 800 languages spoken. Communication is key in this ecosystem’s quest to engage families.
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Got STEM? Families are Key as students head back to school

Got STEM? Families are Key as students head back to school

The blog acknowledges the achievement gaps that exist for students that don’t have access to summer and afterschool opportunities. STEM Next Opportunity Fund gives four easy tips to support families in connecting to STEM opportunities within the community.
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Community Science Celebrations Appeal to All Ages

Community Science Celebrations Appeal to All Ages

British Columbia’s ecosystem taps into the youthful enthusiasm of the community to bring families into the STEAM arena. Symbiosis sparks a family’s interest by using fun and celebration.
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Transforming STEM Education Access Challenges into Amazing Opportunities for Youth and Families

Transforming STEM Education Access Challenges into Amazing Opportunities for Youth and Families

Family Engagement Panel by Louisiana based organizations at the Spring 2019 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening in New Orleans, LA in April 2019. This panel showcased lessons learned from expanded education and post-secondary training programs in New Orleans and Baton Rouge working with vulnerable and/or underserved populations.
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Serious Play: Innovative Early Childhood STEM as a Priority in Louisiana Children’s Museums

Serious Play: Innovative Early Childhood STEM as a Priority in Louisiana Children’s Museums

A panel of leaders from children’s museums and science centers in Louisiana and New Mexico discuss how they use play to engage families and build awareness around STEM from early ages. Each organization - Explora from STEM-NM, the Sci-Port Discovery Center, and Knock Knock Children’s Museum - presents an overview of work, a hands on activity that families in their home communities complete together and a gallery walk activity for session participants with six questions and prompts.
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‘It Takes a Village’ is More Than a Saying

‘It Takes a Village’ is More Than a Saying

Families must be deeply engaged to ensure students’ success
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Playing cards, string and a never-ending commitment to family engagement

Playing cards, string and a never-ending commitment to family engagement

This ecosystem has discovered multiple creative solutions to bring STEM closer to families. Communication guides, at home activities and access to STEM career pathways are empowering families in greater Cincinnati.
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Transforming Headlines

Transforming Headlines

Chicago’s ecosystem is developing cradle to career STEM experiences and opportunities in a neighborhood once considered a STEM desert. Leveraging trusted, local organizations and word of mouth, the Austin community is buzzing with STEM.
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Remake Learning, Pennsylvania - Building public awareness with constant,consistent messaging

Remake Learning, Pennsylvania – Building public awareness with constant,consistent messaging

The leaders of Remake Learning of Pittsburgh are active in posting regularly about the work of the ecosystem and their members. Publications are always available.
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Ecosystem Leader, LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, shares communication tips ON a STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Webinar.

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