Post Secondary Stakeholder | STEM Ecosystems

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL…

Navigating and Selecting Meaningful Learning Options

The options for what students can do after high school are rich, but making decisions about which path to follow can be challenging without guidance, thought and action while still in high school. Families are an integral part of these decisions and need tools and resources to learn how to be strongly engaged.

Join us in a review of research and stories from the field to best support Our Neighborhood in encouraging our students and families to make well-informed transitions after high school.

Research

Below is an on-going compilation of research that highlights things to consider in a student’s trajectory after high school. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information here).

Promising Practices: Preparing Children of Immigrants in New York and Sweden

Global review of programs “that prepare students from immigrant backgrounds to be active and empowered actors in the multicultural, global contexts of their receiving nations.”
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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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The science divide: Why do Latino and Black students leave STEM majors at higher rates?

Reviews of data from Beginning Postsecondary Study, which examines the racial and ethnic gaps that persist across post-secondary fields.
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STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Study: Parents and Students Weigh in on How to Inspire the Next Generation of Doctors, Scientists, Software Developers and Engineers

Two nationally commissioned surveys from Microsoft Corporation among college students pursuing STEM majors help us gain insight into the types of preparation and inspiration needed to get students there.
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Pathways to a STEMM Profession

The pathway to a STEMM profession begins at home, due in large measure to domestic environments that influence, intentionally or unintentionally, the educational aspirations of young people. Parental encouragement to participate in scientific, mathematical, and technical activities has an early and powerful impact.
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Pathways to an Engineering Career

Several factors can predict a student’s chances of success with completing an engineering degree in college, including those whose parents strongly pushed the importance of science or math education.
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Parents 2017: Unleashing their Power and Potential

A national study reports that parents are far more optimistic about their children’s academic successes than data indicates they should be. The study also includes recommendations for helping parents with such areas as learning goals, financing college, life skills, parent-teacher communication, and learning tools.
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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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Sociocritical Matters: Migrant Students’ College Access

Programs that focus on traditional academic learning and “college knowledge” are important for all students who want to further their education. However, the research indicates that the focus on sociocritical learning is essential for migrant students, and others from less advantaged communities.
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Stories from the Field & Practical Tips

Here are some stories from the field about post-secondary options for families. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information here).

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

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

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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Using data to understand community gaps - Omaha gets partners on the same page to articulate a unified message

Using data to understand community gaps – Omaha gets partners on the same page to articulate a unified message

In just three years, the Omaha STEM Ecosystem has built a network of almost 800 partners, working together towards a common goal. Business and education partners have worked to identify gaps in the community, most notably the need for deeper family engagement.
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Outlining the Future Together - Ventura County STEM Network Keeps Family at the Center of the Narrative

Outlining the Future Together – Ventura County STEM Network Keeps Family at the Center of the Narrative

Narratives are powerful - they can be used to belittle or uplift entire communities. VC STEM makes STEM relevant and co-creates a narrative of the future side by side with families.
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World Champions: Community College in Northeast Ohio Sees Family Engagement as Key Driver of Success

World Champions: Community College in Northeast Ohio Sees Family Engagement as Key Driver of Success

A robotics program in NeoSTEM sparks family engagement and leads to an exploration of new career possibilities. A two-year college creates a community around robots.
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The parent who showed up for everything is now the crusader for families - The Interdisciplinary Science Engineering Partnership (ISEP) in Buffalo, NY has a strong track record of involving families in STEM initiatives

The parent who showed up for everything is now the crusader for families – The Interdisciplinary Science Engineering Partnership (ISEP) in Buffalo, NY has a strong track record of involving families in STEM initiatives

ISEP programs are designed WITH families with the intention to empower a sense of ownership over their students’ lives. ISEP even pays parents to participate in the process.
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Community Colleges are the best kept secret for workforce development in America - Tampa offers families affordable options for upward mobility

Community Colleges are the best kept secret for workforce development in America – Tampa offers families affordable options for upward mobility

Community colleges offer important and affordable career options for students. The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) at Hillsborough Community College expands post-secondary options for families.
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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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