LEARNING IS EVERYWHERE
Summary of a Convocation on Building Learning Systems
Steve Olson and Jay Labov, Rapporteurs
Planning Committee on STEM Learning Is Everywhere:
Engaging Schools and Empowering Teachers to Integrate Formal,
Informal, and Afterschool Education to
Enhance Teaching and Learning in Grades K-8
Teacher Advisory Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2014). STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Summary of a Convocation on Building Learning Systems. S. Olson and J. Labov, Rapporteurs. Planning Committee on STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Engaging Schools and Empowering Teachers to Integrate Formal, Informal, and Afterschool Education to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Grades K-8, Teacher Advisory Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON STEM LEARNING IS EVERYWHERE: ENGAGING SCHOOLS AND EMPOWERING TEACHERS TO INTEGRATE FORMAL, INFORMAL, AND AFTERSCHOOL EDUCATION TO ENHANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN GRADES K-8
JENNIFER PECK (Cochair), Partnership for Children and Youth, Oakland, CA
MIKE TOWN (Cochair), Redmond STEM School, Redmond, WA
MARGARET GASTON, Gaston Education Policy Associates, Washington, DC
LAURA HENRIQUES, Department of Science Education, California State University, Long Beach
ANITA KRISHNAMURTHI, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC
CLAUDIA WALKER, Murphey Traditional Academy, Greensboro, NC
JAY B. LABOV, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, Director, National Academies Teacher Advisory Council, and Project Study Director
ELIZABETH CARVELLAS, Teacher Leader, Teacher Advisory Council
TEACHER ADVISORY COUNCIL
STEVEN L. LONG (Chair), Rogers High School, Rogers, AR
JULIANA JONES (Vice Chair), Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, CA
NANCY ARROYO, Riverside High School, El Paso, TX
CHARLENE DINDO, Pelican’s Nest Science Lab, Fairhope, AL
KENNETH HUFF, Mill Middle School, Williamsville, NY
MARY MARGUERITE (MARGO) MURPHY, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME
JENNIFER SINSEL, Bostic Elementary School, Wichita, KS
SHEIKISHA THOMAS, Jordan High School, Durham, NC
BRUCE ALBERTS (Ex Officio), Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
JAY LABOV, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication and Staff Director
MARY ANN KASPER, Senior Program Assistant
ELIZABETH CARVELLAS, Teacher Leader
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Barnett Berry, Center for Teaching Quality, Carrboro, North Carolina; Kathy Bihr, Tiger Woods Learning Center, Irvine, California; and Caleb Cheung, Oakland Unified School District, California.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Eugenie C. Scott, previous executive director, National Center for Science Education. Appointed by the NRC’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.
We sincerely thank the following foundations in the STEM Funders
Network for their generous support of this convocation: the Burroughs Wellcome Fund; the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; the Noyce Foundation; the Samueli Foundation; and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
We especially thank Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation, for his support and encouragement throughout the planning and implementation of the convocation and to the Samueli Foundation for providing direct logistical and travel support for all participants. Michelle Freeman and Katrina Gaudier of the Samueli Foundation were most helpful in working with the committee, NRC staff, presenters, and participants in all phases of this effort. Michelle Kalista, Jan Morrison, and Meghan Sadler from Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM also provided logistical support on behalf of the STEM Funders Network.
We also thank Monica Champaneria, Danielle Crosser, and Edward Patte, National Academy of Sciences staff members at the Beckman Center, for assisting participants during the convocation.
1 Introduction to the Convocation
Lessons for Effective Partnerships
A Survey of Cross-Sector Collaborations
Concept of a Learning Ecosystem
Strategies for Building Ecosystems
Toward Integrated STEM Education
A Framework for STEM Integration
The Potential for Afterschool Programs
Discussion About Opportunities for STEM in Afterschool Settings
Discussion About the Realities of STEM Education in Formal Settings
4 Implications for Research and Policy
Alignment of Learning Opportunities
Pre-Service and Educator Professional Learning
Joint Funding and Policy Solutions
7 Comments from Convocation Participants