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 […]
This call to action by the Harvard Family Research Project and Public Library Association may surface some new ideas among ecosystems interested in improving family engagement by tapping the power of their libraries. The new report Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement, is a call to action focused on strengthening the role of libraries in engaging families. The […]
The Afterschool Alliance has released a new guide: Getting Started with the Next Generation Science Standards, intended to help afterschool educators and programs understand what the standards are and why they are important, provide selected resources for further reading, and ideas for what to do next.
The expanded learning organization Every Hour Counts – leader of the Frontiers in Urban Science Education Project – releases a report on its recent convening of citywide intermediary and foundation leaders to mark the 10-year anniversary of its founding. The report highlights the potential of expanded learning and K-12 school systems to work together on social-emotional learning, school climate, and […]
This report synthesizes a one-day National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Forum, “Next Generation STEM Learning for All,” organized by Education Development Center (EDC) and SRI International through the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) at EDC, the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) at EDC, and the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), working in close collaboration with NSF and the […]
A recent STELAR blog post details the scale-up of CompuGirls, Phoenix-based program that uses social justice-based multimedia projects to engage young women in activities that increase knowledge, understanding, and awareness of careers in STEM and information and communications technology (ICT). PI Kimberly Scott of Arizona State noted, “probably the most important learning surrounds the role of teachers in the program. […]