Imagining the Future of Work: The Equity Systems Change Compass

Author: Clara McCurdy-Kirlis

What working might look like in the future—even just 10 years from now—stokes our imaginations. The world of work is changing at such an incredibly fast pace, and recent events like the pandemic and the murders of people of color have exposed and underscored inequities and health disparities that must be faced and dismantled in order to have a future of work that is both inclusive and just.


ITEST Solicitation 2022: Initial Tips and Takeaways

ITEST Solicitation 22-585 (2022-2024)

STELAR is pleased to announce that NSF has released the latest ITEST solicitation (NSF 22-585)! We’re just as excited as you to take a deep dive into the revisions for this round of submissions, here are some of our biggest takeaways so far:


Project Spotlight: Examining the Impact of an Industry-aligned, STEM Problem Based Learning Curriculum on Native Hawaiian and Underrepresented Youth Workforce Development

What strategies have you found most effective and productive to broadening participation by engaging diverse underrepresented populations in STEM programs and careers?


STEM Career Pathways: Beyond the Braided Stream

Project Spotlight: Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration of a Keystone Species in New York Harbor

In New York City, there are numerous environmental issues that form the basis for inquiry-based science research by local students.


Developing K-12 STEM Career Pathways for the Future of Work

This is a reposting of a blog originally published on STEM for All Multiplex website. Posted by Sarah MacGillivray and Joyce Malyn-Smith


ITEST Data Brief: Research Methods in ITEST

ITEST Data Brief Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2016

The ITEST program requires that all proposals include a research component. This data brief examines the 63 projects that described their research between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 as reported in the 2015 Management Information System (MIS) survey. Questions addressed include: 


Promising Approaches to Broadening Youth Participation in STEM

This paper, based on a review of over 200 publications related to approximately 110 ITEST projects, seeks to respond to the broadening participation question in the ITEST solicitation. While all ITEST projects include “broadening participation” as a central goal, we found that publications relating to 43 projects contained specific information on broadening participation. Of those, publications relating to 25 projects had “broadening participation” as the primary focus. Here, we present the range of strategies that project teams employed by highlighting some of those 25 projects.


Engaging Teachers in Supporting Next Generation STEM Learning

This synthesis paper highlights projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Innovating Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant program that are either primarily designed to support teacher learning or that incorporate teacher learning in a significant way.


Authentic Inquiries into Local Issues: Increasing Engagement and Building a Sense of STEM Identity and Agency

This paper focuses on ITEST projects that center on authentic inquiries into locally relevant issues.