Program Design

Program Design

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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Principal Investigator’s Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Project (CAISE)
Evaluation, Program Design

This Guide is designed to help principal investigators and other leaders of informal STEM education projects integrate evaluation into all phases of project design, development, and implementation. Such projects include exhibits, media projects, websites, community science projects, afterschool programs, festivals, family activities, online games, citizen science projects, and other efforts to help people learn about science in the course of […]

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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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