Reports

Reports

Assessing the Impacts of STEM Learning Ecosystems
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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Science in California’s Public After-School Programs: New Insights Provide Guidance for Improvements
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Professional Development

This study by SRI of science offerings among publicly funded afterschool programs in California found that programs benefited from having an outside partner to provide science-based resources. Public afterschool sites with external partners—most of which provided professional development—offered more frequent science, and more inquiry-based science experiences. The study also found that local resources and agencies were just as beneficial as […]

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Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings
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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Innovative Pathways to Teaching Reform: Using Connected Learning to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development

This document describe a pilot of the National Summer Learning Association with the MacArthur Foundation that paired teachers with local summer learning programs in New York City and Chicago during the summers of 2012 and 2013. The success of this fellowship program suggests that aligning summer programs with the school year has an important impact on school-year effectiveness. Findings suggest […]

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Research Study – Advancing Science Education in Schools
Professional Development

This evaluation can help demonstrate the value of museum education programs for teachers. The Museum of Science and Industry’s teacher professional development “Get Re-Energized” courses make a direct, positive impact on student learning in science, compared to non-participants.

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TRSA Governance Task Force Report
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
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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Learning In and Out of School in Diverse Environments: Life-long, Life-wide, Life-deep
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This journal article, a collaboration between the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington and the LIFE Center, introduces four design principles as key to equity in education:

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Data Brief: Project Strategies to Engage Underrepresented Populations
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Underrepresented in STEM

This January 2015 Data Brief by the STELAR Center describes the results of a survey of ITEST principal investigators asking what strategies they use to increase participation by under-represented youth. Targeted recruitment, cultural competence, strategic partnerships and active marketing are the top strategies.

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