A Framework for K-12 Science Education 
Highly Successful Schools or Programs for K-12 STEM Education
Learning Science in Informal Environments

And its practitioner volume, Surrounded by Science
Be on the lookout for the Deeper Learning Report on Assessing 21st Century Skills. In the meantime, checkout the workshop report that inspired the consensus study.

 The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
, where you can find research and evaluation results of ISE programs
, where you can find case studies, reviews, and forums related to exhibits

NSTA -National Science Teachers Association

NSF – National Science Foundation



STAT – Science Teachers Association of Texas

TEA – Texas Education Agency

TRSI – Texas Rural Systemic Initiative

Texas STEM Connections – is making it easy for STEM professionals to connect with K-20 educators, classrooms, out of school time programs, and other volunteer opportunities. Professionals can share their skills and expertise to bring real-world, authentic learning opportunities to all our students helping to create the next generation of innovators. Through in-person matches and virtual sessions, professionals can help educators and program providers connect their students to the world of STEM. Together we can make a difference.

The Connectory – List your program TODAY! The Connectory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this portal is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects. The portal contains program descriptions, resources available within each organization, program and/or organization needs, and contact information. For information on how to register your program visit the Texas Girls Collaborative Project resource page.



Coastal Bend Informal Educators

CBIE was formed in March 2000, and is composed of institutions, organizations, and individuals working toward a common goal of enhancing opportunities for learning. The mission of CBIE is to establish a network of informal and formal educators, to build partnerships with area schools in order to better fulfill our educational roles, and to facilitate interaction and cooperation within the educational community as a whole.

CBIE partners: City of Corpus Christi Water Department, Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, Coastal Bend Council of Governments, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Education Service Center Region 2, Flint Hills Resources, Fulton Mansion, H.R. Brunner Telephone Pioneer Museum, KEDT, Padre Island National Seashore, San Patricio Municipal Water District, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Maritime Museum, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas Rural Systemic Initiative, Texas State Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy, USS Lexington.

Galveston Area Informals

Contact information:
Lydia Miller
Galveston Historic Foundation

Houston Informal Science Coalition

Contact information:
Angela Scott
The Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz
Houston, Texas 77004
(713)522-1138 x220

South Plains Regional Educational Collaborative

SPERC is a partnership of area organizations dedicated to providing support for formal education through outreach programming, both on-site and in the classroom, related to classroom curriculum. SPERC’s purpose is to promote and enhance understanding, appreciation, and commitment to informal educational resources across the curriculum.

SPERC partners: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Buddy Holly Center, City of Lubbock Public Works Education Department, Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum, Education Service Center Region 17, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 , Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) at Texas Tech University, KTXT-TV Channel 5, Lubbock Area Coalition for Literacy, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock Early Childhood PTA, Lubbock Lake Landmark, Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock Regional Arts Center, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Texas Tech University, National Ranching Heritage Center, Playa Wetland Education at TTU, Science Spectrum, South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Southwest Collection/Special Collection Library at Texas Tech University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education Program at TTU, The Zoo in Lubbock.

Contact information:
Susan Rowe
Education Program Manager
Lubbock Lake Landmark

San Antonio Area Informal Education Association

Contact information:
Amalia K. Sollars
Environmental Literacy Project
(210) 341-5657

Partners: Texas Wildlife Association, San Antonio Water Syste, City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation – Natural Areas; Darling Cetaceans, Environmental Literacy Project, Texas Parks and Wildife, Keep San Antonio Beautiful, Cibolo Nature Center, San Antonio Zoo

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