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.
These downloadable assessment and planning tools—geared towards OST practitioners—were developed by the California AfterSchool Network and the California STEM Learning Network but are applicable to programs and partnerships in any state. Especially useful are the clear definitions of quality for OST and OST STEM, and the detailed descriptions of what strong partnerships among schools, OST programs, and other stakeholders look like in practice. Supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Noyce Foundation and the Samueli Foundation.
This toolkit emphasizes rural communities. Its scope is broader than STEM; however, its approach to examining local resources and putting them to work for positive change is very relevant to ecosystems. By 4H and the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development.
The R&P Collaboratory engages researchers and practitioners around the country in an effort to address the long-standing gap between educational research and practice in STEM education. One of the collaboratory’s focal areas is Cross-Sector Learning. This page has a wealth of practitioner tools, videos, research papers, and conceptual models related to understanding and implementing an ecological perspective of STEM learning.