Breakout sessions run from 11:45am-1:45pm over lunch. All breakout sessions will follow a similar format, be documented and participants’ recommendations will be incorporated the summary report on the State of STEM and Out of School Time.  (Facilitators’ biographies follow the breakout session descriptions below).

Connected and Networked Learning – Connected learning is a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that puts students’ interests at the center of programs, is academically oriented. Organizations that move to using a connected learning approach share goals – and data – in the interest of creating an integrated network for young people. Facilitator: Christian Greer, HIVE Chicago.

Data and Data Systems – The City wants to encourage organizations to move to an open-source approach to data.Using data to inform STEM program opportunity gaps and a city-wide strategy is key. Organizations (or agencies) sometimes have a hard time accessing their own data; sharing data or accessing other organizations’ data about program opportunities and outcomes can be even more formidable. What’s worth investing in and why? Facilitators: Josh Kalov, OpenGov; Jameela Jafri, Project Exploration.

Summer and STEM – Much of the academic achievement gap can be attributed to a lack of opportunities outside of school, including summer learning loss for students who can’t afford or don’t have access to high-caliber enrichment experiences during the summer. How should a summer strategy fit into an overall STEM pathways ecosystem? How does summer connect to other activities for students and program providers? Facilitators: Peggy Espada and Hillary Stroud, National Summer Learning Association.

Pathways to College and Careers – Chicago wants to be a “science and technology” city – and workforce readiness in STEM areas is a major focus. The city’s long-term economic plan predicts significant job growth in sectors such as bio-technology, engineering and applied manufacturing among other fields. What is the role of afterschool in building a STEM ready workforce? What challenges do we as a field face in doing this work? What models for STEM workforce development exist for afterschool? What are the opportunities for partnering to facilitate these experiences?

Facilitators: Tony Streit, EDC; Mike Davis, City Colleges of Chicago.

Youth Experiences – What experiences matter most to young people in STEM and out of school time programs? What are the challenges to putting students at the center of how organizations plan and deliver programs? Facilitators: Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit Media.

Partnering with CPS and City AgenciesOnly approximately half of 2011 STEM and out of school time programs were run in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. The move to extended day may open up opportunities to provide STEM programming at schools – or may cut in to critical “after school” time. Facilitator: Rafael Rosa, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Funding STEM and Out of School Time in Chicago This invitation-only session is intended to enable funders to network and discuss their STEM and out of school time interests and funding strategies. Participants will consider a set of recommendations for investing in a city-wide STEM and OST pathways strategy and provide feedback on drafted recommendations. Facilitator: Christy Uchida, Brinson Foundation.