On May 31 and June 1, EDC Vice President Shelley Pasnik, Senior Curriculum Designer Cynthia Hoisington, and Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate Jeff Winokur presented at and took part in a national forum hosted by New America and Joan Ganz Cooney Center, “Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy,” that engaged thought leaders in prioritizing plans to address challenges in early STEM learning. On May 31, Shelley Pasnik, who leads EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, participated in a panel—with LaRue Allen, Kimberly Brenneman, and Andrés Henríquez—that responded to Deborah Phillips’ keynote address (read an EDC white paper co-authored by Pasnik and Naomi Hupert: Early STEM Learning and the Roles of Technologies). On June 1, Cynthia Hoisington led a breakout session focused on early STEM learning.
The Fostering STEM Trajectories Forum is part of an initiative co-led by New America and the Cooney Center, and funded by the National Science Foundation, that focuses on identifying and raising awareness of effective strategies to weave rich, engaging STEM experiences into all of the settings in which young children learn. As noted during an April 2016 White House Symposium and discussed in EDC's Early STEM Learning Fact Sheet, high-quality early STEM learning plays a powerful role in children's school readiness and success. Yet far too few children have early learning experiences that make the most of their natural curiousity about STEM; engage them in developmentally-appropriate STEM inquiry and play; and help them acquire foundational STEM skills and knowledge. The Forum seeks to help plot a new course to support educators, families, and communities in fostering all young children’s successful STEM learning, as well as to increase communication and sustain collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and program leaders to promote strategic action to improve early STEM education. Learn more about the initiative.
Last Updated: May 2016