Program Design

Program Design

2012 AfterZone Summer Scholars Collaborative Teaching Model
Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This video describes the partnership between the Providence After School Alliance and Providence Public Schools to implement the AfterZone Summer Scholars program. Summer teaching teams consist of a community-based STEM educator, a district teacher, and an AfterZone staff member, who co-develop and co-teach a collaborative curriculum that connects STEM and literacy skills with hands-on field research. Students engage in fun, […]

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Designing for Equitable Learning Across Settings
Program Design

This research by synthesis by William Penuel, Tiffany Lee, and Bronwyn Bevan provides a set of design principles that emerge from a review of the research literature addressing equity-oriented programs that support learning across settings. The authors also identify key infrastructure elements that support programs successes.

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STEM Schools and Cross-Sector Learning (Webinar by Education Week)
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development, Program Design

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.

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Lifelong Kindergarten
Program Design

The Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab is sowing the seeds for a more creative society. The website has a digest of projects relevant to ecosystem cultivators looking to create and connect STEM-rich learning environments.

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Frontiers in Urban Science (FUSE) Resource Guide
Program Design, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This resource guide offers strategies to build STEM infrastructure in afterschool working in partnership with schools.

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STEM Implementation Rubrics – Schools
Program Design

Rubrics – designed for elementary, middle and high schools — developed by North Carolina’s state-level education agency to assist schools or programs in learning the steps necessary to be a quality STEM school or program. Author: North Carolina STEM Center

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High School STEM Implementation
Program Design

These documents from the Indiana Department of Education illustrate varying levels of STEM initiative implementation across K-12, with action items and corresponding metrics. Areas detailed include infrastructure, instruction, curriculum and expanded learning.

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Elementary/Middle School STEM Implementation
Program Design

These documents from the Indiana Department of Education illustrate varying levels of STEM initiative implementation across K-12, with action items and corresponding metrics. Areas detailed include infrastructure, instruction, curriculum and expanded learning.

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Indiana’s Department of Education STEM Implementation Rubric
Evaluation, Program Design

This rubric for implementing STEM in schools includes key benchmarks for cross-sector partnerships, another example of the ecosystems approach in state level education policy.

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Exploring the Process of Scaling Up (Christopher Dede and Cynthia Coburn)
Program Design

This chart and other work by Dede and Coburn can be immensely helpful to ecosystem cultivators confronting the challenges of scale. Sources: Christopher Dede, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; Cynthia Coburn, “Rethinking Scale: Moving Beyond Numbers to Deep and Lasting Change,” Educational Researcher (2003).

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