STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Moving Beyond National Assessments: One Positive Impact of COVID-19 by Tom Withee and Marcia Nation

Greetings from Tom Withee, Goshen Education Consulting, and Marcia Nation, Nation Evaluation Consulting. We came into evaluation from other career paths and now are evaluating formal and informal STEM education programs from our respective bases in Edwardsville, Illinois and Tempe, Arizona. COVID-19 upturned K-12 education in many ways, and these impacts will resonate into the …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Piecing Together a STEM Shared Measurement System Through Community Collaboration by Tracy McMahon and Gary Silverstein

We are Tracy McMahon (Education Development Center) and Gary Silverstein (Westat) on behalf of the NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) Coordination Hub. The Hub supports NSF INCLUDES and its National Network, which brings together the power of many in a shared vision to …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Decreasing Intersectional Barriers in Youth Interventions by Shetay Ashford-Hanserd and Kathy Haynie

It’s me again, AEA365. Today’s is another that comes from the AEA365 archives, this time originally posted in 2020. This post is full of resources for conducting culturally responsive evaluations. Perhaps you’ll find something new for your evaluator toolkit. Hi, we are Shetay Ashford-Hanserd and Kathy Haynie, and we had a panel discussion at AEA 2019 entitled, “Intersectionality, …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Defying Stereotype Narratives on who can do STEM: Lessons from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) by John Chikwem, Toks Fashola, Kevin Favor, and Monica Mitchell

Greetings, AEA365. Liz DiLuzio here, lead curator of the blog. Although today’s post is from the AEA365 archives, it is as relevant now as it was when it was originally posted in 2019. Whether this is your first read or your tenth, I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in this post. Greetings AEA …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Which One? Evaluator, Researcher, or Both? It’s a Matter of Perspective by Angelicque Tucker Blackmon

“I can remember stories …,” Anita Baker, my favorite singer-songwriter, reflects on her experiences in the soulful ballad “Fairy Tales”. The lyrics strike a reflective chord. I hear how she was snapped out of happy fairy tales into the snares of reality. But before I tell you about the realities of being an external program …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Importance of Building Relationships with STEM Education Program Staff for Successful Evaluation Process by Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos

Hi Everyone. I am Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos, Ph.D., Chair of the Division of Program Development and Assessment at the Institute for Biomedical Philosophy.  My research interests include partnership formation, broadening participation, scientific literacy, and student success in research.  I provide professional development training on inter-institutional collaborations, building consensus, and partnership formation.  Just as it is …

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STEM Education & Training TIG Week: Celebrate Ten Years of Good Times with the STEM Education and Training Evaluation TIG by Kim Kelly

As a founding member of the STEM Education and Training Evaluation TIG, I have been privileged to witness the birth, growth, and impact of the TIG over its first decade of existence. I am Kim Kelly, an educator, research analyst, program evaluator, and grant writer in STEM education and workforce development for 20 years. Since …

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EPE TIG Week: Modern Environmental Program Evaluation by Allison Van

Hi, I’m Allison Van, Chair of the Environmental Program Evaluation (EPE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) and Executive Director of Spark: a centre for social research innovation at McMaster University. The EPE TIG has spent the last year thinking and having conversations about what environmental program evaluation is and should be in the midst of our …

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EPE TIG Week: Facilitation Styles in Environmental Education with Animals by Shuli Rank

Hi everyone, my name is Shuli Rank and I’m a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS runs the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo, and conducts local and global conservation and research around the world. I study the impacts of visits to …

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EPE TIG Week: Environmental Volunteer Motivations: Place & Space by Cat Scharon

Hello! I’m Cat Scharon, research assistant with Inform Evaluation & Research (Inform) and a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Ed.D program, focusing on Out-of-School Learning. I’ve spent my career working in informal spaces including museums, zoos, and aquariums, and since joining Inform have rekindled my focus on lifelong STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and …

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