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Back to School - ITEST Project Adaptations: Tips from the Field

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In the virtual and hybrid school environment that students and teachers have had to embrace as their new reality, recruitment and data collection have been among the most difficult adaptations for ITEST projects to make. STELAR connected with 5 ITEST projects to find out what major challenges they faced in implementing their projects during the pandemic. We found that although many stakeholders involved in the ITEST project implementation have

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Increasing Access and Opportunity

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October Disability Awareness Month

In 1945, in an effort to educate the public on issues relating to disability and employment, the government declared the 1st week of October as “National Employ the physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, it was expanded from one week to a full month and changed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NEDEAM). This year's theme, “Increasing

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!

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The Hispanic Heritage observance began in the United States in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was later expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off every year from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This year’s theme – Hispanic Americans: A

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Back to School - Online

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Back to school online

August is typically known as national "Back to School" month in the US, but in the era of COVID-19 this phrase might need to be appended with "online." Depending on your area, schools may be planning to hold in-person, hybrid, or remote learning this fall, and those plans could change in the coming weeks. Now may be a good time to review the rich resources available if you need to continue your planned activities online. Whether you are

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Addressing Inequity through the ITEST Program

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The Black Lives Matter movement has ignited renewed calls for equality and has caused individuals, institutions, and organizations to turn inward and reflect on their role in a system built on racism and oppression. As these conversations continue, they highlight how deeply racism runs through every facet of life; justice, poverty, health, and of course education. As education researchers, the ITEST community is well-situated to study these issues, to explore ways of making learning more equitable, and to make recommendations to the larger field.

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Leveraging Student Strengths in STEM: Tips for ITEST Proposal Writers

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When describing underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM education research there has traditionally been a deficits-based approach, focusing on the challenges that new interventions will help the students overcome. While it is essential that your proposal addresses student challenges, it is equally important to also thoroughly describe the ways in which your work will incorporate strengths-based approaches. The latest research has shown that strengths-based approaches are crucial to student success, and are essential to promoting equity in STEM education.

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Developing a Competitive ITEST Proposal: Tips from the STELAR Center 2022

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As the resource center for the NSF ITEST Program, STELAR assists both ITEST grantees and those interested in submitting a proposal. Each year we host solicitation webinars on behalf of NSF, which allow program officers to provide direct information and answer questions from participants. While the webinars are crucial to understanding the requirements of the program, we would like to highlight additional tools, resources, and information that are freely available to assist proposal writers.

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June is National Oceans Month

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Did you know that more than 50% of the world’s oxygen is produce by the ocean? It also stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. The ocean plays a crucial role in our lives and there are many ways people can help protect it.

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STEM for ALL Video Showcase 2020

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Congratulations to the 20 ITEST videos selected to present during the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Innovations in STEM Education, held on May 5-12. During the showcase over 700 presenters and co-presenters shared 171 short videos highlighting innovations in STEM education. We invite you to view all of these videos and to read the discussions that took place May 5th to May 12th. View most discussed videos, and see all recognized presentations

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Earth Day 2020

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Environmental Research

Since 1970, Earth Day has served as an opportunity for society to examine our actions and explore the impact that humankind has had on the planet. At the heart of its mission is education: "to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide." For 2020, in recognition of its 50th anniversary, the theme for Earth Day 2020 is "Climate Action." Environmental science is a discipline than many ITEST projects have explored over the

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