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The Connection, STEM Ecosystem Newsletter, Volume III, May 2016

News, resources and ideas for cross-sector collaborations that engage STEM learners everywhere EVENTS Tuesday, May 17, 9:00AM ET:  Release of the Nation’s Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy, by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics. The report card measures how students use and evaluate technology and principles of engineering to solve real-world problems. For more information […]

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Role of Teachers is Key to Building Girls’ Science Identity
Underrepresented in STEM

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. […]

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Transforming Government, Transforming Communities: Strengthening the Federal Workforce to Help Communities Implement Place-Based Initiatives
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships

The Forum for Youth Investment’s Transforming Government, Transforming Communities examines cross-sector “place-based initiatives” of the Obama Administration. Place-based initiatives concentrate funding, flexibility, technical assistance and other support to help selected sites forge integrated approaches to community transformation that cut across individual programs, departments and sectors.

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Changing the Game for Girls in STEM
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School, Underrepresented in STEM

A new report released by Techbridge identifies promising strategies – and calls for funders to adopt new approaches to ensure all girls – and particularly low-income girls of color – have access to high quality STEM learning opportunities that engage and interest them to pursue STEM education and careers.

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The Connection, STEM Ecosystem Newsletter, Volume II, April 2016

News, resources and ideas for cross-sector collaborations that engage STEM learners everywhere OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECOSYSTEMS Boosting Kids’ Math Skills — Opportunity to Participate in Bedtime Math Pilot — Bedtime Math is a free app providing parents with a fun nightly math problem to do with their kids (ages 3-9.) Each post starts with a brief fun story, followed by three […]

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Badging Practice Brief: Recommendations from Boston Beyond’s 2015-16 Digital Badge Pilot
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

Boston After School & Beyond – lead for BoSTEM – releases a brief summarizing lessons from its 2015-2016 Badge Pilot (supported by the Noyce Foundation) in which seven long-time partners of Boston Beyond with experience measuring program quality and skill outcomes for youth piloted a new digital badging system. These programs predominantly served students in grades 6 through 8. The […]

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Connecting the Dots: Data Use in Afterschool Systems
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

When it comes to the use of data in afterschool systems, people and processes are as important as technology, a new study commissioned from Chapin Hall by The Wallace Foundation finds. This interim report examines afterschool data systems in nine cities that are part of The Wallace Foundation’s Next Generation Afterschool System-Building initiative, a multi-year effort to strengthen systems that […]

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Equity Pathways Project Update
Underrepresented in STEM, Youth Pathways

A recent blog post at informalscience.org focused on the progress made thus far through Equity Pathways in Informal STEM Learning a Science Learning+ Phase 1 project exploring equity issues for 11-14 year olds from underserved, non-dominant backgrounds in informal STEM learning. So far the project has found that equity concerns represent an urgent and significant challenge for informal STEM learning […]

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National Research Council: Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This summer, the National Research Council (NRC) released Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings, identifying three criteria for programs to result in strong outcomes for students: 1) engage young people intellectually, academically, socially and emotionally, 2) respond to young people’s interests, experiences and cultural practices, and 3) connect STEM learning in out-of-school, school, home and other settings. The report, authored […]

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