A properly-focused STEM initiative can be the gateway through which students develop skills/literacies/dispositions that have benefits that extend well beyond increasing interest in engineering or some other scientific or technical career.
Starting this month, Sun Associates will have the unique opportunity to put to the test the idea that meaningful change takes time. As the external evaluator of a new seven-year project focusing on a specific cohort of Fitchburg, MA middle school students, we are starting what promises to be a fascinating journey.
STEM interest and skills start well before Grade 3 and can be developed via non-traditional curricula and experiences. Learn about a project that Sun Associates is evaluating that uses school gardens to develop STEM interest in PreK - Grade 2 students.
If we understand that personalized learning is the pedagogical objective of digital and blended learning, then it follows that in an evaluation context our goal is to determine the extent to which a district has constructed and operationalized a student-centered, personalized learning environment.