I am delighted to report that ASTC has joined with the National Science Teachers Association to launch a new, free online journal, Connected Science Learning. This new journal will help bridge in-school and out-of-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by showcasing highly effective programs, practices, collaborations, and research taking place between these two learning environments. The journal is the first of its kind, aiming to inspire and inform a wide range of educators, both inside and outside the classroom.
ASTC members place great emphasis on close collaborations with formal educators in their local communities, and many science centers and museums are already deeply engaged in assisting teachers through wide-ranging professional support activities. We often see our roles as bringing excitement and personal connections to science concepts, and we aim to inspire young audiences about science in age-appropriate ways. The value of our efforts will certainly be enhanced when we associate our activities with other learning environments that can further propel this inspiration in positive and productive directions. In other words, educators in our science centers and museums share goals and passions with their colleagues in classrooms everywhere.
The journal is designed to be a professional resource for practitioners and will capture current thinking about ways to broaden the use and the impact of successful STEM learning practices. It will also be a valuable resource for policy makers, corporations, foundations, and others seeking to advance student learning in STEM.
The inaugural issue of Connected Science Learning focuses on the theme of successful existing formal/informal science education collaborations. A second issue in late 2016 will address professional development that will build the capacity of STEM educators to enhance collaboration between formal and informal environments.
Both pilot issues of Connected Science Learning are available free of charge. I invite you to sign up now to receive your copies at astc.org/connectedsciencelearning or www.nsta.org/publications/csl. I also invite you to share this news with your colleagues. We welcome your thoughts on topics for future consideration and hope to receive many more contributors to the journal if these pilot editions are well received. If at any time you have ideas or suggestions, we welcome your input. Feel free to contact our field editor, Dennis Schatz, or the project editor, Kate Lu.
Anthony (Bud) Rock is ASTC’s president and CEO.