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Connected Science Learning: New journal to explore formal/informal science education connections

Connected Science Learning is a new online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. It features articles and other types of media describing highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration. In addition to being a valued resource for a broad range of STEM education professionals, this journal will be useful to policy makers, corporations, foundations, and others seeking to advance and invest in STEM education. Connected Science Learning is a joint initiative of the National Science Teachers Association and ASTC, with funding from NSF.

The inaugural issue of Connected Science Learning, to be published in the second quarter of 2016, will focus on the theme of Successful Formal/Informal Science Education Collaborations. The second issue will address the theme of Professional Development: Building the Capacity of STEM Educators to Enhance Collaboration Between Formal and Informal Environments. The manuscript deadline for the second issue is June 30, 2016. Feature articles are limited to 2,000 words, excluding references and media/supplemental material.

The journal also includes 2,000-word columns (Research to Practice, Practice to Research; Emerging Connections; and Diversity and Equity), as well as short descriptions of resources and 500-word briefs highlighting lessons learned, curriculum considerations, or research.

Address editorial questions to Dennis Schatz, field editor, at schatz@pacsci.org or (206) 218-8946, and submission process questions to Kate Lu, project editor, at klu@nsta.org or (703) 312-9280.