January 2016, Volume 4, Issue 1
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Greetings from STELAR, 

Sarita Pillai, STELAR As we begin 2017, we are pleased to report that the first round of ITEST Virtual Meet-ups between Project Specialists and ITEST PIs have been scheduled. If you have not received an invitation, please email us. Our hope is that these meetings result in exciting new cross-project collaborations. 

We would like to formally congratulate the 15 projects featured in the recently published ITEST Special Issue of the Journal of Science Education and Technology (Dec. 2016). Read more about the issue in the feature below, and be sure to register for our webinar to be held on February 28, from 3-4 pm.  

This special issue focuses on STEM careers, as does the webinar that we are hosting on January 25 at 1 pm, featuring our partners Advance CTE. Workforce education, central to the ITEST program, will be a key theme featured in the coming year. 

Be sure to also take a moment to review the STELAR materials developed in 2016, informed by the research and results from the ITEST community. We look forward to working with you all on future products!

Finally, please join us in welcoming the following recently-funded projects: 
Sarita Pillai

In this Issue

Featured publication:
JOST ITEST Special Issue

STELAR year in review

STELAR Events: Upcoming Opportunities

STELAR Publication: Journal of Science Education and Technology Special Issue 

STELAR is pleased to announce the publication of "Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers," in the Journal of Science Education and Technology (ITEST Special Issue, Dec 2016). 

The issue features articles written by 15 ITEST projects, describing a multitude of approaches to project design, evaluation, and empirical research. While the individual projects vary by geographic location, institution, populations served, primary focus, and topic, they are unified by ITEST’s programmatic intent and goals.

Collectively, these articles contribute to the development of frameworks for STEM education and workforce development that are increasingly relevant for educators, project designers, researchers, and policy makers.

Read the introduction to this issue and view links to each of the articles on our website. 

Issue Editors: Caroline Parker, Alice Connors-Kellgren, David Blustein, Mike Barnett
Next Generation STEM Learning for All

STELAR Year in Review:

In addition to the ITEST JOST special issue, in 2016 STELAR published the following products highlighting the work of ITEST projects: 

Next Generation STEM Learning for All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research: a report on the one-day NSF-supported Forum, organized by EDC and SRI International. 

ITEST Syntheses: four reports that synthesize findings from ITEST projects over 13 years. 

ITEST Data Briefs: Infographic-rich reports on data provided by ITEST project leaders in the 2014-2015 MIS
Read more about these publications on our website.

STELAR Events 

STELAR Webinar: Career & Technical Education (CTE)

January 25, 1-2 pm ET

Join us as we host STELAR partners Kimberly Green and Kate Kreamer from Advance CTE on Wednesday, January 25 at 1 pm ET.

With the resurgence in interest in Career Technical Education (CTE), this webinar will provide you with information about the current state of CTE, its reach, impact, and the current trends in policy and practice at the state and federal levels. Hear about efforts by states to connect CTE and STEM, including highlights from Advance CTE’s publication “CTE is your STEM Strategy."

View more information and register for this event by clicking below.

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STELAR Webinar: Stories from ITEST - Culturally Competent Projects that Inspire Young People to Pursue STEM Careers (JOST Special Issue)
February 28, 3-4 pm ET

STELAR invites you to join us for a webinar to hear from three authors of our recent ITEST special issue published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST).

During this webinar we will present an overview of the special issue and hear from three of its authors. Melissa Koch will describe her work with women facilitators in her project; Sheron Mark will relate how youth descriptions of their work narratives change, and Sally Stevens will describe a culturally relevant science program with Native American students.

View more information and register for this event by clicking below.

Register Now

2017 STEM for All Video Showcase 2017: Research & Design for Impact

ITEST projects are encouraged to present at the third interactive, online video showcase event, which will take place May 15-22, 2017. Share your cutting edge work by creating a 3-minute video and then discussing it with your colleagues, stakeholders and the public! 

Registration, which is mandatory for participation, is open now through February 15 at
Videos must be submitted no later than April 26, 2017

Learn more at our website:

In 2016, 22 ITEST projects were featured in the showcase, and 6 received either Presenter's, or Facilitator's Choice awards. (View the list here.

 Upcoming Opportunities

Below is a selection of opportunities due in the coming weeks. Be sure to visit our website for a complete listing:

National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Life STEM (life science and bioscience)
Due Tuesday, Jan 31 

Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference (AIED) 2017 Call for Papers
Due Tuesday, Jan 31 

MSPnet NSF STEM+C Solicitation Webinars
To be held on Jan 24, 25, Feb 1, 2

Chicago Symposium Series (Roosevelt University): Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science, Research and Practice
To be held on Friday, Feb 3

NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning) Solicitation
Due Friday, Feb 10

NSF INCLUDES (Preliminary Proposal Due Date)
Due Tuesday, Feb 14 

2017 STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact
Due Wednesday, Feb 15

Featured STELAR Resource:

This month the STELAR site highlights Career and Technical Education resources, including this archived STELAR webinar: 

ITEST's STEM Workforce Education Model

View all videos featured on our website:

People Connector Directory

Looking for an evaluator for your proposal or project? Need specific research expertise on your team? Use our People Connector Directory to find people who have skills you need, or to list yourself as a resource to others.

Dissemination Support

STELAR is here to help share your project news, publications, websites, or products. Contact us for questions about how we can best support your dissemination efforts!

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