WestEd STEM staff participated in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase, an online festival that showcases films from projects funded by the federal government that aim to improve STEM and computer science education.
Principal investigators, practitioners, administrators, researchers, policymakers, industry, and the public participated in the seven-day event that was held May 10-17.
The 267 short videos featured reflect this year’s theme–Access, Inclusion, and Equity–and explore such topics as learning in diverse settings, curriculum design and implementation, education research, and measuring the impact of innovative programs.
The festival represents an opportunity for grant leaders to learn about National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded work and work from other federal agencies, display their work to the public, engage in collegial discourse, and respond to questions and receive feedback from the public.
UC Irvine’s Judith Sandholtz and WestEd’s Cathy Ringstaff ‘s film was named Facilitators’ Choice, a distinction given to 20 videos selected by a select panel of facilitators representing researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The video discusses the NSF project, Modest Supports for Sustaining Professional Development Outcomes over the Long-Term. The study examines how long teacher professional development outcomes last and whether modest supports or “tune-ups” help sustain instructional changes.
In their film, Angela Knotts, Cathy Carroll, and Nanette Seago describe Video in the Middle: Flexible Digital Experiences for Mathematics Teacher Education, an NSF-funded project that supports high-quality, effective teacher professional development for algebra. The project developed a flexible online professional development program for middle school algebra teachers. The study examines how the materials impact teaching and learning.
Joshua Valcarcel and Andrew Grillo-Hill contributed as part of NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3). The N3 film describes the five-year program that aims to provide a pathway to NASA participation and STEM employment for neurodiverse learners, focusing on those on the autism spectrum. The program offers STEM education to a significantly underserved population segment by modifying existing NASA resources and incorporating input from autistic learners and their instructors.