Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

Connecting the Dots: Data Use in Afterschool Systems
Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

When it comes to the use of data in afterschool systems, people and processes are as important as technology, a new study commissioned from Chapin Hall by The Wallace Foundation finds. This interim report examines afterschool data systems in nine cities that are part of The Wallace Foundation’s Next Generation Afterschool System-Building initiative, a multi-year effort to strengthen systems that […]

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National Research Council: Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

This summer, the National Research Council (NRC) released Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings, identifying three criteria for programs to result in strong outcomes for students: 1) engage young people intellectually, academically, socially and emotionally, 2) respond to young people’s interests, experiences and cultural practices, and 3) connect STEM learning in out-of-school, school, home and other settings. The report, authored […]

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The Connection, STEM Ecosystem Newsletter, Volume 1, March 2016
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Evaluation, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School, Underrepresented in STEM, Workforce & Career, Youth Pathways

  Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Connection! We hope this monthly newsletter will provide you with new ideas and resources to support your work cultivating STEM learning ecosystems in your communities. Please share ideas and news for inclusion with ktraphagen@stemnext.org.  NEWS Computer Science for All: The White House also recently launched Computer Science for All to expand opportunities […]

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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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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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Science Action Club (SAC)
Cross-Sector Connections & Partnerships, Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Academy’s Science Action Club (SAC) Program ignites the spark for science in middle school youth and their after school activity leaders in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Currently there are 20 SAC clubs serving 650 students. Through dynamic and authentic science investigations, youth explore their local environment, make observations about the natural world, and contribute data to real scientific […]

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Common Instrument
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Common Instrument is a survey developed by PEAR for youth 10 years or older that includes 10 self-report items to assess child and adolescent interest and engagement in science. The Common Instrument is simple and quick to administer, easy to receive feedback on, and useable for pre-post analysis.

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Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool
Evaluation, Teaching and Learning, In School & Out of School

The Dimensions of Success observation tool (DoS), defines twelve indicators of STEM program quality throughout 4 broad domains: 1) Features of the Learning Environment, 2) Activity Engagement, 3) STEM Knowledge and Practices, and 4) Youth Development in STEM. While primarily developed for after-school, it can be used to observe activites led by teachers, private sector scientists, after-school workers, and more. […]

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