STEM Education and Training

STEM TIG WEEK: Evaluating Industry Engagement in STEM Education Initiatives by Lana Rucks, Imelda Castaneda-Emenaker, Michael FitzGerald, Leela Hebbar, and Thomas Singer

Greetings, we are Lana Rucks (Principal Consultant, The Rucks Group, LLC), Imelda Castaneda–Emenaker (REaCHall, LLC), Michael FitzGerald (The Rucks Group, LLC), Leela Hebbar (Social Policy Research Associates (SPR)) and Thomas Singer (Sinclair Community College). Through our combined work, we are striving to illuminate methods to increase the availability of evaluation resources by identifying effective practices …

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STEM TIG WEEK: Engaging with the work of those who came before us to Build and Measure STEM Self-Efficacy and Career Awareness by Callie Dean, Kimberly Cowley and Tom Withee

We are Callie Dean of CYBER.ORG , Kimberly Cowley of ICF, and Tom Withee of Goshen Education Consulting. We serve as internal (Callie) and external (Kim and Tom) evaluators of three different federally funded programs, which each address different sectors within the STEM educational ecosystem: Pre-K12 schools, extracurricular initiatives, and higher education.The Federal STEM strategy …

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STEM TIG WEEK: Rethinking What it Means to Engage Ourselves and Others to Build Capacity of STEM Evaluators by Sophia Mansori, Tracy McMahon, Evangeline Ambat, and Leslie Goodyear

Hi, we are Sophia Mansori, Tracy McMahon, Evangeline Ambat, and Leslie Goodyear from Education Development Center. We received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to do exploratory and foundational work experimenting with a community of practice as a way to engage with and build the capacity of NSF STEM evaluators. The primary goal …

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STEM TIG WEEK: Disseminating Results to Engage Multiple Audiences by Alan Melchior, Tatjana Meschede and Nancy Boyer

We are Alan Melchior and Tatjana Meschede, Senior Researchers at Brandeis University’s Heller School, and Nancy Boyer, Director of Evaluation and Impact at FIRST, a global nonprofit providing STEM programs to youth ages 4 through 18.  Over the last 9 years FIRST and Brandeis have been working together on a longitudinal study assessing the long-term …

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STEM TIG WEEK: Adapting Monitoring Surveys to Respond to and Engage a Community by Val Marshall, Megan Zelinsky, and Lyssa Wilson Becho

Hi! We are Val Marshall, Megan Zelinsky, and Lyssa Wilson Becho from EvaluATE, the evaluation hub for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. For over two decades, EvaluATE has administered an annual monitoring survey to capture ATE program activities. We refer to this survey as the ATE Survey. Over time, we’ve …

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STEM TIG WEEK: Engaging Others, Engaging Ourselves: Lessons from across the STEM Learning Sector by Karen Peterman and David Sul

Hello! We are Karen Peterman (www.consultkp.com) and David Sul (www.sulandassociates.com), the outgoing and current Chairs of the STEM Education and Training TIG. Until last year, our TIG had a small and active leadership team and we met as a larger community at the annual meeting. The pandemic changed that.  Today’s blog, and those that follow …

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LGBT TIG Week: Shining a light on LGBTQ+ professionals in STEM by Veronica S. Smith

I am Veronica S. Smith, founder and lead scientist of data2insight, a culturally responsive measurement, evaluation, and assessment firm with team members across the United States. I am also a 52-year-old white, bisexual, cisgender woman who has been educated, trained, and working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions for 30 years. Because of …

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ACM TIG Week: Honoring Community Voices and Multiple Ways of Knowing in Designing STEAM Education Means Doing More than Sending a Survey by Patricia Montaño, Katie Boyd, Christine Okochi, Megan Littrell, & Anne Gold

We are Patricia Montaño, Katie Boyd, Christine Okochi, Megan Littrell, and Anne Gold from the We are Water project based at CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder. We used evaluation to put community perspectives at the center of designing informal STEAM educational experiences about water in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Networking Karma by Matt Feldmann

Hello, I am Matt Feldmann, with Goshen Education Consulting, Inc. and a collaborator for the weekly Independent Consulting Topic Chat.  Does it seem like some of our colleagues are lucky, that they can do no wrong? This blog post concerns Networking Karma, the idea that we can create our own luck. By engaging in our …

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STEM TIG WEEK: CAISE’s Work to Support Evaluation in Informal STEM Learning Settings by Jamie Bell and Sasha Palmquist

Hello, we are Jamie Bell and Sasha Palmquist from the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), the resource center for the National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program. Our work to support evaluation of informal STEM education has taken many forms since the launch of our InformalScience.org website in 2012. Resources …

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