Strengthening STEM in ELT Schools

David Farbman and Claire Kaplan

In March 2014, The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) launched Strengthening Science in Expanded-Time Schools, an innovative project to expand and enhance STEM instruction aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in expanded-time schools.  With support from the Noyce Foundation, NCTL worked with five expanded-time schools, each paired with a science-focused community-based organization, to embed new, imaginative STEM programming in a redesigned and expanded school day.  Each of the schools, which received a modest planning grant and technical assistance coaching from NCTL, have created their own program model and way of engaging students. Together, they enable over 1,200 students to participate in exciting, inquiry-based learning activities and projects that augment their interest in and knowledge about science and engineering.