Partnership / Leadership Development
- Expand the Florida Afterschool STEM Collaborative to develop and enhance partnerships among federal, state, regional, and local organizations to support systemic quality STEM activities within afterschool programs.
- Establish three regional STEM Hubs in major population centers of the state to serve as the basis for a larger statewide system of afterschool STEM partnerships and programming.
- Increase understanding among stakeholders, partners, agencies, communities, schools, districts, and state leaders about the important role quality afterschool programs play in STEM and informal science learning.
- Raise the awareness of the importance and feasibility of incorporating STEM and informal science curricula and activities within afterschool settings.
- Increase legislative support and funding for expanded learning opportunities through STEM-related activities.
- Build upon the work already done in the field to create statewide standards by incorporating STEM indicators into existing frameworks and educating funders and policy makers on the value of adopting these comprehensive frameworks for all programs.
- Work with the SEA and the 21st CCLC program office to consider implementing STEM priority points within the RFP process.
- Utilize corporate and community partners to become engage in the STEM policy discussions at the state and local levels.
- Develop three regional STEM Hubs connected to a statewide STEM Resource Center which will provide professional development, and informational meetings, as well as connections to materials and resources for out-of-school programs wishing to implement high-quality STEM.
- Increase the number of professional development opportunities for afterschool staff in afterschool STEM activities.
- Develop and maintain a Florida Afterschool STEM clearinghouse to contain information, resources, research, and curriculum focused on enhancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of afterschool professionals implementing informal STEM activities.
- Improve the quality of STEM afterschool programming in Florida, as measured by self-assessments and implementation assessments.
- Design and implement an evaluation of the impact of the Florida STEM System on program quality, using such measures as the Dimensions of Success (DoS) observation tool.
- Increase the number of students participating in high-quality, informal STEM programs during out-of-school hours, by connecting out of school time programs to resources through newly established regional hubs.
- Increase the number of students interested in STEM activities,