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Today, national, state, and local attention is focused on developing high quality early childhood education experiences that foster family, community, and cultural strengths and support PreK-3rd graders to grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists. Critical to that aim is developing resources and learning opportunities for the adults who live and work with young children to engage children in meaningful learning experiences. Locally, schools and other child and family serving community organizations are at different stages in addressing this challenge. The Story Time STEM project brings some of these regional players together to develop resources aimed to support the learning of adults and children that can be utilized across contexts.
We know that both formal and informal educators are critical players in fostering the cognitive learning of young children. Our resources include toolkits that adults can use to expand shared story read-alouds in classrooms, libraries, after school programs and homes. These tools will help educators enrich shared reading experiences through mathematical, literary and scientific talk, ultimately supporting children’s disciplinary dispositions, mindsets, knowledge, and practices.
Story Time STEM was initiated in 2015 by a group called Partnerships for Early Learning (PEL). Since that time partner organizations have included UW Seattle and UW Bothell, King County Library System, Para los Niños, YMCA Powerful Schools, Chinese Information Service Center, Seattle Public Schools early learning department and Issaquah School District.
(May 4, 2017)
The work of the partners is to:
Increasing diversity in STEM education and STEM fields means incorporating ways of knowing from a wide range of cultures. We know that STEM fields need a rich diversity of perspectives to meet the needs of the 21stcentury. We also know that STEM fields in the U.S. have traditionally left out many of these voices and ways of making sense of our world. One way that has happened is by restricting access to conversations and institutions making knowledge and operating in these fields. Developing authentic learning partnerships across contexts and across research and practice is one important part of undoing this pattern that serves to obstruct the process of identifying and meeting the challenges communties face now and in the future.
For more information contact Deborah Massachi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Story Time STEM has been supported by the generosity of the Boeing Company.