Partnership for After School Education


May 01, 2016

The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving STEM Education

The STEM Education Coalition released The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This 10-page paper written for policymakers and education leaders makes a strong case for why informal and afterschool learning must be an integral part of policies to improve STEM education across the board. Citing the latest research on the value of informal STEM learning, the paper includes a range of policy recommendations to address key challenges such as integrating informal and formal learning strategies, dedicated funding for informal STEM learning, professional development for educators, and expansion of the knowledge base.