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1st Annual California STEM Conference 2013

Save the date for the 1st Annual STEM Conference held at the Sacramento Convention Center from November 18-19, 2013. The conference will feature presentations on curriculum and instruction, professional learning, partnerships, and resources and special guests include Geena Davis and Sugata Mitra.

Find out more about the 1st Annual STEM Conference, here.

Schools Test-Drive Common Core

Students across the country have traded in their pencils, test booklet, and bubble sheets in order to participate in an online pilot system consisting of English and math assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards. Students participating in this pilot, use laptops to take various online assessments, consisting of multiple choice, short answers, and writing responses, to help evaluate their readiness for state testing.

Teenagers as Teachers: Twelve Essential Elements

Teenagers make great teachers.  Are you using Teens in your program to their full potential?  This booklet outlines the twelve essential elements necessary to run an effective teen-based program. Based on in-depth research studies of cross-age teaching programs, the booklet provides essential programmatic elemnents to support the establishment of a teeno-based program.  Both students and teenagers can befit from this teaching relationship.  Download the booklet to learn more.

STEM Resources Tennessee Department of Education

STEMResources.com is operated through the Tennessee Department of Education. The website encourages the use of hand-on, inquiry-based learning to teach students about science, technology, engineering, and math. The website offers teachers curriculum, materials, internet resources, and instructional tools. They offer multiple assessments.

To access general information about STEM Resources through the Tennesee Department of Education, click here.

Learning in Afterschool & Summer (LIAS) Self-Assessment Tool

The Learning in AfterSchool and Summer Self-Assessment tool, provided by the California Department of Education's After School Division, is intended to enhance the quality of out-of-school time  (OST) programs and assess whether OST programs are following LIAS principles. Discover the potential of your program and how you can improve the learning environment. 

Access the LIAS Self-Assessment tool here 

Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool

The Statewide Afterschool Networks announced the release of the study report titled: "Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool."  The study focuses on three main indicators for positive youth outcomes: 1) Youth interst in STEM and STEM learning activities 2) Youth engagement in STEM learning activities and 3) Youth understanding the goals and values of STEM and STEM learning activities.
 

Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool 

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STEM Observ. Stem PQA DOS

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Quailty Site Observation LIAS

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QSA Tools

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