Program Design

Program Design

Igniting the Future
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

Igniting the Future: A Documentary about STEM2 Hub and its work in Northeast Florida The documentary features the story of the innovation, success, and leadership of the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub.  Founded by the Jacksonville business community under the leadership of Gary Chartrand in 2015, the STEM2 Hub works to improve access to STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & […]

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Building and Strengthening STEM Learning Ecosystems: A Growing Guide to Success
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Program Design

Launched in 2019, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Discussion Series features conversations with Ecosystem leaders from around the world about the most pressing topics facing their communities today. Topics of high interest were identified through survey data and the self-assessment, Ecosystems Indicator Tool (EIT).

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Partnership to Transform STEM Learning – A Case Study of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Ecosystem
Evaluation, Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School, Underrepresented in STEM

STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice case study that focus on the development and evolution of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA)—the lead entity of the Tulsa, Oklahoma (OK) ecosystem—and its partners. As part of the study, we collected educational data, exit surveys, indicator tools, and conducted interviews, focus groups, document review, observations, and extensive online research.

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Senior Showcase Introduces Students to Mentors for Discussion of Projects and Career Pathways
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Program Design, Youth Pathways

KC STEM Alliance, one of the lead partners of ecosySTEM KC, calls on its network of industry and nonprofit partners to enrich student and teacher experiences with Project Lead The Way, a national project-based in-school curriculum. The approach is working: Student enrollment increased 92 percent from 2014-15 to 2015-16, reaching more than 37,000 students in 33 school districts. To kick […]

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What is Systems Thinking and Why Do We Need It?
Evaluation, Program Design

Ecosystem cultivators understand that it’s not enough to come up with an innovative new program or practice; their goal is to catalyze change in the way communities approach STEM learning. Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Vanessa Kirsch, Jim Bildner and Jeff Walker explain how social entrepreneurs need “a set of tools and a framework designed to address the complexity […]

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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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Building Local Systems of Programmatic Support for STEM Learning: A Practical Guide for Developing Regional Communities of Practice
Evaluation, Program Design

This guide to forming a Community of Practice (CoP) to increase quality/quantity of STEM learning is based on lessons learned by a network of five CoPs across California – the Power of Discovery STEM2. The guide’s author distinguishes CoPs from “other more traditional professional development settings in that they are not focused on content delivery but rather are designed 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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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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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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