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The STEM-SED Conference 2020

Mapping the Connections between STEM and Social-Emotional Development

in Out-of-School Time Programs: A Virtual Conference

In this virtual conference, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), The PEAR Institute convened practitioners and researchers who can imagine the power of an integrated vision of STEM and social-emotional development (SED). An important aim of this conference was to catalyze OST programs toward the intentional and explicit integration of STEM and SED in a high-quality manner.


Conference activities included: (1) mapping the practice landscape of STEM-SED integration in OST to understand the interest in, capacity of, and demand for such programming; (2) documenting exemplars that illustrate explicit and intentional program integration; (3) exploring existing and potential researcher-practitioner partnerships to understand methods, data, and data systems used to capture efficacy and effectiveness of integrated STEM-SED programming; and, (4) drafting a research agenda that focuses on the quality of implementation and impact of integrated STEM-SED programming.​ 


This conference was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant #1940155. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the meeting organizers and attendees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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