Fostering STEM Trajectories, an event funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted at New America, was a two-day affair featuring informative talks from celebrated experts and leaders in early STEM learning. The focus of the event was on teacher development, the continuous improvement path in early childhood education, and learning progression and trajectory.
Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director for the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, and Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teaching at the Morgridge College of Education, participated in the panel “Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy Part 2” alongside experts Mike Marshal Smith and Vivien Stewart. Dr. Clements presented his shared research with Julie Sarama, Ph.D. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the Morgridge College of Education. Their research focuses heavily on learning trajectories in early childhood mathematics instruction, a key component of early STEM learning.
Participants were called upon to generate ideas to assist New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in crafting a plan of action and offering recommendations to researchers and policymakers. The proposed plans are hoped to be released fall 2016.