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STEM Educators Academy Research Brief | Resource Guide

This paper reports on the promising findings of our STEM Educators Academy, an ExpandED Schools initiative where classroom teachers and after-school educators engage in joint professional development at premiere science institutions and then work together back at their schools to teach maker-design projects that spark student interest and cultivate curiosity in STEM subjects.

FUSE: Next Generation

This brief by TASC, Every Hour Counts and ORGE Innovation Consulting presents a strategy to create real-world science learning experiences for kids that integrate Next Generation Science Standards with social and emotional learning experiences. Leveraging external experts, community integration and project-based learning, the model builds flexible science programs in both formal and informal settings. While intended for use by New York, Boston and Providence, the Frontiers in Urban Science (FUSE) initiative cities, this brief could be useful to STEM educators, community partners and district leaders nationwide who are forging new paths to expand access to STEM learning and opportunities

ExpandED Schools: Developing Mindsets to Support Academic Success - Research Brief

The national demonstration of TASC's ExpandED Schools was launched in 2011-12 in New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans. The ExpandED Schools demonstration is being evaluated by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) and is rolling out at a time when there is heightened awareness among educators, researchers and youth development experts about the importance of cultivating certain students mindsets that are precursors to academic performance.This research brief presents evidence that by working together strategically and collaboratively, schools and community partner organizations can create a positive environment that enables students to take control of their own learning and gain confidence in their ability to succeed.

Collective Impact: Stronger Results with Community-Based Organizations

In this paper, StriveTogether and TASC describe the ways that youth-serving community organizations can participate in and support communities’ collective efforts to prepare young people for success in school and life. StriveTogether offers a framework to build a cradle-to-career infrastructure to support community partners who take on the work of achieving collective impact. We also recommend ways for communities to build increasingly effective relationships among community-based organizations (CBOs and other partners.

Reinventing School: Summary and Materials from 6,000-Hour Learning Gap Forum

Decrying not just an achievement gap but a “justice gap” and a “dream gap” between students from lower and higher income families, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker opened a forum on October 31, 2013 that introduced leaders in business, education and philanthropy to a three-year, public-private project to expand learning time in 20 New York City middle schools, with a focus on small-group literacy tutoring.

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