Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships

Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships

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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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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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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Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation

Ellen Lettvin, the Robert Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning in the Office Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, wrote this post describing the collaborations among multiple federal agencies and 21st Century Learning Centers across the country to enhance STEM learning in OST. The agencies include NASA, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Institute of Museum and […]

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Science Action Club (SAC)
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Academy’s Science Action Club (SAC) Program ignites the spark for science in middle school youth and their after school activity leaders in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Currently there are 20 SAC clubs serving 650 students. Through dynamic and authentic science investigations, youth explore their local environment, make observations about the natural world, and contribute data to real scientific […]

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The North Carolina State University Kenan Fellows Program and STEM East
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development

This website describes a collaboration between the North Carolina State University and STEM East, in which teachers are placed in five-week internships with regional businesses that allow them to bring “real world” examples back to classrooms that help students see the relevance in the learned curriculum.

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