Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships
The SMILE (Science and Math Integrated Learning Experiences) Program has been led by Oregon State University (OSU) for the past quarter century to increase post-secondary enrollment of underserved populations in the STEM fields. SMILE supports after-school clubs serving 650 students grades 4-12 in 35 schools in 13 rural communities throughout the state. Targeting low-income children of color, the clubs meet […]
This January 2015 Data Brief by the STELAR Center describes the results of a survey of ITEST principal investigators asking what strategies they use to increase participation by under-represented youth. Targeted recruitment, cultural competence, strategic partnerships and active marketing are the top strategies.
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 website has information about one of the few curricula designed for both school and afterschool settings, as well as information about K-12, museum and online, advocacy and professional development resources, and a useful map linking to key contacts in each state: STEM education officials at the state level, partner organizations including institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, teachers and others.
Why should STEM learning organizations partner across sector? This journal article discusses the potential “to meld the scientific resources of a museum with the ability of a local nonprofit to reach underserved students of color” among other examples.
Many STEM schools pursue cross-sector strategies as part of their design, including blended formal/informal learning and real-world STEM internships/experiences for students. This Education Week webinar of January 2012 offers an introduction to STEM schools.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Afterschool Alliance partner to connect science centers, museums and other informal learning organizations with afterschool professionals offering STEM programming. ASTC members can join the afterschool community of practice.
This blog post describes partnerships among federal agencies and 21st Century Community 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 Library Services (IMLS).
If you are looking for information on partnerships between institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, visit the SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education) website. The project includes ten cross-sector partnerships.