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Whole child, whole day October 28, 2009

Posted by Connie Chow in STEM pipeline efforts.
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As I sit here at the Connecting Communities Policy Symposium on afterschool and extended learning opportunities, where the message is that learning takes place throughout the day, and academic success is one component of whole child development, I am convinced that a successful plan to increase STEM proficiency and competitiveness must consider how the best of after school can be integrated into the learning system at the onset and not as an afterthought. In addition to augmenting school day learning through hands-on and field trip experiences, after school venues can become excellent hands-on STEM training grounds for pre- service elementary school teachers or Teach for America candidates.

Similarly, gender and culturally sensitive approaches should also be foundational to curriculum development, teacher and youth worker training etc if transformational outcomes for all students, especially those who face structural disadvantages, is the goal.

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