This 2010 report by CAISE provides a conceptual framework for inclusion of people with disabilities in informal science education. The authors explain that inclusion requires that learners be able to physically interact with/perceive the space, cognitively engage with the materials and socially interact with one another.
This schematic details the pathways developed by SHINE and its partners in rural Pennsylvania to support children from school readiness through college and also to prepare effective educators through service learning, mentoring, pre-service teaching in SHINE after-school programs, enrollment in post-secondary teacher preparation, and in-service professional development through cross-sector collaboration. Author: Schools and Homes in Education (SHINE) After School Program
Supported by the Hive Chicago Fund, the Pathways to STEM Success project convenes organizations that offer STEM pathways programs, provides a forum for comparing different approaches, identifying critical program components, exploring how they interact, and documenting best practices in recruiting diverse participants, retaining, and supporting them in pursuing STEM careers. Led by Project Exploration, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the […]
This article published in the Fall 2012 issue of Afterschool Matters by Gabrielle Lyon, Jameela Jafri and Kathleen St. Louis, offers the metaphor of Youth Pathways to replace the STEM “pipeline” when conceptualizing how young people progress toward STEM careers. The authors argue that “pipeline is a limited—and limiting—framework that undermines young peoples’ needs for multiple entry and “re-entry” points […]
The Providence After School Alliance and Boston After School & Beyond have been collaborating on a process to design new citywide STEM and college readiness badging systems that have the potential to recognize, motivate, validate, and link competencies and achievements gained in and out-of-school. During the webinar, the presenters discussed their vision for digital badging, the process for bringing together […]
Libraries are important STEM learning spaces. This brief provides examples of libraries engaging children and families in STEM learning experiences through cross-sector partnerships. Features STAR_Net’s Discover Earth and Discover Tech with library-specific activities, outreach and online/in-person training opportunities.
This chart and other work by Dede and Coburn can be immensely helpful to ecosystem cultivators confronting the challenges of scale. Sources: Christopher Dede, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; Cynthia Coburn, “Rethinking Scale: Moving Beyond Numbers to Deep and Lasting Change,” Educational Researcher (2003).
This brief details research into gaps in public understanding of STEM education, with advice about how to “redirect” public awareness and knowledge. Essential for STEM communicators.
North Carolina’s STEM Scorecard—an in-depth look at STEM in NC—is an example of a comprehensive planning document on the state level.
Document detailing background of the OC STEM Initiative as the Regional Innovation Support Provider (RISP) for Orange County, CA.