Collaborate to Innovate
A resource designed to facilitate K-12 and expanded learning collaboration for quality STEM learning
The Next Generation Science Standards work group of the CAN STEM Committee recently released Collaborate to Innovate: Advance Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Through K-12 and Expanded Learning Program Partnerships. Collaborate to Innovate describes the opportunities for collaboration created by new K-12 standards and the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs in California. The document outlines specific strategies and resources
Expanded Learning STEM Quality Elements
A Framework for Quality STEM Learning in Expanded Learning Programs
This document addresses the questions:
- Why should I implement STEM in my expanded learning program?
- How do you define and describe what Quality STEM Learning looks like in expanded learning contexts?
High quality STEM in OST is engaging and enriching for youth and can be a valuable professional development opportunity for staff. Taking time to get clear about how STEM supports your program’s goals, and how your staff will be supported in leading STEM activities will help to ensure success. Strong STEM programs need big picture STEM learning goals that are linked to the program goals and/or school goals.
This guide outlines promising practices for STEM implementation in expanded learning programs based on lessons learned through the implementation of the Power of Discovery: STEM2 Initiative. The guide centers around five central practices (outlined below) each supported with examples from California’s expanded learning programs. The five practices the guide focuses on are:
This tool, developed by the Program in Education, Afterschool, & Resiliency (PEAR) at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School is designed to assist site-level practitioners design and implement high-quality STEM learning activities on site. The guide assists program staff as they plan the features of the learning environment, activity engagement, STEM knowledge and practices, as well as youth development (including relevance and youth voice) into their programatic activities.
Building Local Systems of Programmatic Support for STEM Learning
A Practical Guide for Developing Regional Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are emerging as a promising strategy for building sustainable peer networks that ultimately can function as systems of support within a local region. The content of this guide is based upon the work of the Power of Discovery: STEM2 Initiative.
powerofdiscovery.org is a comprehensive resource website created specifically to support STEM in expanded learning programs. Access assessment and planning tools, observation tools, curriculum, and funding opportunities to support STEM learning in your program. While you are there check out a whole host of STEM videos that outline how to implement quality STEM learning opportunities, describe promising practices in expanded learning STEM implementation, and inspirational videos that highlight the importance of STEM learning.