Resources

Resources

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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Self-Assessment and Program Planning Tool for STEM in Out-of-School
Evaluation, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The purpose of this Program Planning Tool is to enable out-of-school time programs to assess existing STEM learning opportunities and assets and develop a STEM program plan. Largely geared for programs that are beginning in STEM.

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Learning Through Tinkering in STEM Education
Professional Development

The Exploratorium’s Connected Collections support professional learning conversations about specific topics. This collection explores how to create imaginative and open-ended STEM-rich tinkering experiences in classrooms and afterschool settings. The collection has five research briefs with summary descriptions, a set of discussion prompts and links to other relevant resources.

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Businesses Play Important Role in Providing Real-World Educational Opportunities
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

This article, which appeared in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) journal, makes the case to the business sector to support and participate in STEM learning ecosystems.

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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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