On the Table: Building a STEM Learning Ecosystem in Chicago

IMG_6491On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (aka “The Coop”) and Project Exploration were honored to host special guests as a part of the Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” event across Chicago. Gerald Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation, and Jan Morrison, CEO of Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM Education, joined members of the Coop for an inspiring conversation about STEM Learning Ecosystems in cities across the nation.

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2014 Recap and Reports

The Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative and Project Exploration are sharing two reports on an eCoop meeting 2014xciting year of activity and growth during 2014, titled Systematic Approaches to STEM in Out-of-School Time in Chicago. (They can be found here February 28 & here June 6.) Under the guidance of a stellar group of funders and policy-makers, the Co-op reconvened a group of funders, program providers, and policy makers in 2014 for a series of meetings. Continue reading

Integrating Science and English Language Arts via the Standards

Schoolchildren in a science classWith a three day weekend upon us, it’s hard not to think about the summer fun ahead and the opportunity to savor some summer reading. Be sure to put your time off to good use and toss a new report that can support your science education practice in your beach bag in addition to a great summer novel or a few fluffy magazines!

For anyone who has read the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), thought about or attempted NGSS implementation, or actually supported teachers in professional development around the NGSS, one of the questions that arises is likely to revolve around how the science standards and literacy fit together. Continue reading