The Coalition for Science After School

January 1st, 2004 - June 30th, 2014 | PROJECT

The Coalition for Science After School (CSAS) was established in 2004 in response to the growing need for more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities in out-of-school time. CSAS sought to build this field by uniting STEM education goals with out-of-school time opportunities and a focus on youth development. Over a decade of work, CSAS Steering Committee members, staff and partners advocated for STEM in out-of-school-time settings, convened leaders, and created resources to support this work. CSAS leadership decided to conclude CSAS operations in 2014, as the STEM in out-of-school time movement had experienced tremendous growth of programming and attention to science-related out-of-school time opportunities on a national level. In its ten-year strategic plan, CSAS took as its vision the full integration of the STEM education and out-of-school time communities to ensure that quality out-of-school time STEM opportunities became prevalent and available to learners nationwide. Key CSAS activities included: (1) Setting and advancing a collective agenda by working with members to identify gaps in the field, organizing others to create solutions that meet the needs, identifying policy needs in the field and supporting advocates to advance them; (2) Developing and linking committed communities by providing opportunities for focused networking and learning through conferences, webinars, and other outreach activities; and (3) Identifying, collecting, capturing, and sharing information and available research and resources in the field. The leadership of the Coalition for Science After School is deeply grateful to the funders, partners, supporters, and constituents that worked together to advance STEM in out-of-school time during the last decade, and that make up today's rich and varied STEM in out-of-school time landscape. We have much to be proud of, but as a movement there is much more work to be done. As this work continues to expand and deepen, it is appropriate for the Coalition for Science After School to step down as the many other organizations that have emerged over the last decade take on leadership for the critical work that remains to be done. A timeline and summary of CSAS activities, products, and accomplishments is available for download on this page. All resources noted in the narrative are also available for download below.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

A History of the Coalition for Science After School
Science After School (2004)
Science by Stealth (2006)
Science in After-School: A Blueprint for Action (2007)
Pathways to Advanced Coursework: Factors Related to Advanced Course-Taking Patterns, Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the Role of Out-of-School Time Programs - A Literature Review (2007)
Pathways to Advanced Coursework: Linking After-School Programs and STEM Learning - A View from Another Window (2007)
Pathways to Advanced Coursework: Thoughts and Ideas for Action on After School Science Programs and Advanced Science Course Taking (2007)
Pathways to Advanced Coursework: Linking After-School Programs and STEM Learning - Proceed with Caution (2007)
Science in Afterschool: Undisputed Advantage (2007)
Afterschool Programs: At the STEM of Learning (2008)
Science in After-School Market Research Study (2008)
A Watershed Moment (2009)
Staff Capacity and Professional Development (2009)
Strengthening After-School STEM Staff Development (2009)
A Call to Action from the 2014 Coalition for Science After School Summit (2014)
Coalition for Science After School Summit - Passing the Torch: Advancing Opportunity for Quality Science Learning - Graphic Recordings (2014)
After School Science Fact Sheet
From the Field: Resource List on STEM in Out-of-School Time

Team Members

Judy Nee, Contributor, AlphaBEST
Elizabeth Stage, Contributor, Lawrence Hall of Science
Dennis Bartels, Contributor, The Exploratorium
Lucy Friedman, Contributor, The After-School Corporation
Jane Quinn, Contributor, The Children's Aid Society
Pam Garza, Contributor, YMCA
Gabrielle Lyon, Contributor, Project Exploration
Jodi Grant, Contributor, Afterschool Alliance
Frank Davis, Contributor, TERC
Kris Gutierrez, Contributor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Bernadette Chi, Contributor, The Coalition for Science After School
Carol Tang, Contact, The Coalition for Science After School
Mike Radke, Contributor, The Coalition for Science After School
Jason Freeman, Contributor, The Coalition for Science After School
Bronwyn Bevan, Contributor, The Exploratorium
Leah Reisman, Project Manager, The Coalition for Science After School
Sarah Elovich, Project Manager, The Coalition for Science After School
Kalie Sacco, Project Manager, The Coalition for Science After School

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within InformalScience.org are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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