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Learn more about what’s next in informal science. We will cover new and creative research and programs, exciting stories, big picture thinking, news, and STEM systems.

  • New Resources Released: Afterschool STEM Programs Help Close America’s Skills Gap

    ­ On Wednesday, March 1, new resources and research was released, highlighting how afterschool programs can provide gains in critical workforce skills and interest in STEM careers. The evidence is clear: Students participating in afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) reported increased interest in science careers and gains in important 21st century skills such as critical […]

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    States receive new grants to improve career pathway programs

    The Council of Chief State School Officers and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have awarded $20 million to ten states to increase career-readiness of high school graduates. Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin will convene business and education leaders to strengthen career education and create pathways to economic success for young people.

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    STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative opens applications for 3rd cohort; releases early assessments

    The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, led by STEM Next and supported by the STEM Funders Network, is now accepting applications for its third cohort.  Currently 37 communities are participating in this national ‘community of practice’ to support and advance a cross-sector approach to STEM learning. In early January, the ecosystems initiative released two assessments of the Initiative: Design for Success: […]

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    Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education Launch TGR EDU: Explore

    The Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education recently launched TGR EDU: Explore, a new web-based resource to help middle and high school students navigate the college exploration process and learn about STEM-focused career paths. TGR EDU Explore is freely accessible and includes TGR Learning Labs’ curriculum, interactive student experiences, online learning activities, educator training, family discussion starters and a virtual […]

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    Advance CTE report recommends actions to increase high school students’ access to industry experts

    A key element of Career and Technical Education initiatives and career pathway programs is providing high school students with access to industry experts who bring a real-world perspective and can help students explore and connect with career opportunities. According to a new report by Advance CTE, the roles industry experts can play in high schools include: part-time or “adjunct” high […]

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    Current funding opportunities

    New York Life Foundation Aim High Grant Program. Deadline: February 17 $2 million to be awarded to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. Read the full application and eligibility requirements, join a webinar on January 25 at 2 PM ET. For more information email Dan Gilbert at dgilbert@afterschoolalliance.org. National Science Foundation STEM+Computing Partnerships. Deadline: March 29 […]

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    Upcoming Events. Sign Me Up.

    February 1-3. National Mentoring Summit, Washington D.C. Convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people. This year’s theme is “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement.” Register. February 9-11. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference, Orlando, FL. Register. February 14, 4:00-5:00pm ET. Hangouts On Air: […]

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    Every Hour Counts STEM Institute: A message from Ron

    On January 12 and 13th I had the pleasure of joining STEM leaders from seven cities in Nashville Tennessee for the Every Hour Counts STEM Institute. There I witnessed some of the deepest work I have seen focused on preparing cross sector teams of STEM educators to interweave the development of scientific practice as required by the Next Generation Science […]

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    Focus Moves to States to Advance STEM in Out-of-School Time

    The new Every Student Succeeds Act moves states to the forefront on education policy and resource allocation. Taking advantage of the moment, the Overdeck Family Foundation is supporting the Afterschool Alliance and STEM Education Coalition to lead a multi-state initiative equipping the Mott Statewide Afterschool Networks to advance policy at the state level favorable to high-quality STEM learning in out-of-school […]

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  • By Kathleen Traphagen in News, Practice, Research and Reports on

    Collaborations Power Computer Science Education

    Happy Computer Science Education Week! Maybe you had the chance to join one of the 155,000+ CS Ed Week/Hour of Code events worldwide? Undoubtedly, 2016 has been a significant year for expanding computer science education. In the US: The Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative collaborated […]

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