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knowledge capture research publications : k-12 case studies

Can I see an ethnographic study?

We get this question a lot. PAST has amassed data from schools and communities from California to Texas to New York State. PAST has published its progress in real-time, allowing stakeholders and PAST STEM coordinators to get a sense of what needs to come next. Feel free to look through our archives.

2018 Rural Literacy Design Collaborative Straight A Grant, Year 2 Final Evaluation Report

The Rural Collaborative to Improve Instruction and Expand Student STEM Opportunities and 21st Century Skills through Literacy Design Collaborative (Rural LDC Project) is a project funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Straight A Fund. The project is designed for implementation in five rural districts that comprise the Rural Collaborative consortia schools, including Northwestern Local Schools, Mapleton Local Schools, Hillsdale Local School District, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village Schools, and Black River Local Schools.



2017 Clean Technologies Early College High School Alumni Survey Final Report

The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program (Clean Tech ECHS), in partnership with the PAST Foundation Knowledge Capture Program, conducted a survey of Clean Tech alumni to gather data regarding particular aspects of the Clean Tech student experience during enrollment at the ECHS and post graduation as college students or in their current work/job experience. The survey was designed to identify key measures of impact of the ECHS experience for graduates as they pursue post-secondary education goals, explore career options, and continue to develop as young professionals entering STEM fields. This evaluation report integrates quantitative and qualitative data to create a holistic understanding of the Clean Tech post-graduate experience.



2017 Rural Literacy Design Collaborative Straight A Grant, Year 1 Mid-Year Report

The Rural Collaborative to Improve Instruction and Expand Student STEM Opportunities and 21st Century Skills through Literacy Design Collaborative (Rural LDC Project) is a project funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Straight A Fund. The project is designed for implementation in five rural districts that comprise the Rural Collaborative consortia schools, including Northwestern Local Schools, Mapleton Local Schools, Hillsdale Local School District, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village Schools, and Black River Local Schools. The project duration involves the grant year (2016-17), and five sustaining years (2017-18 through 2021-22). The project is being implemented during the grant year by the Northwestern Local Schools in partnership with Battelle Education (BEd) and High Schools that Work (HSTW). The PAST Foundation Knowledge Capture Program (KC) is evaluating project implementation and project outcomes.



2017 Rural Literacy Design Collaborative Straight A Grant, Year 1 Evaluation Final Report

The Rural Collaborative to Improve Instruction and Expand Student STEM Opportunities and 21st Century Skills through Literacy Design Collaborative (Rural LDC Project) is a project funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Straight A Fund. The project is designed for implementation in five rural districts that comprise the Rural Collaborative consortia schools, including Northwestern Local Schools, Mapleton Local Schools, Hillsdale Local School District, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village Schools, and Black River Local Schools. The project duration involves the grant year (2016-17), and five sustaining years (2017-18 through 2021-22). The project is being implemented during the grant year by the Northwestern Local Schools in partnership with Battelle Education (BEd) and High Schools that Work (HSTW).



2016 Rural Literacy Design Collaborative Straight A Grant Year 1 Final Evaluation Plan

The Rural Collaborative to Improve Instruction and Expand Student STEM Opportunities and 21st Century Skills through Literacy Design Collaborative (Rural LDC Project) is a project funded by the Ohio Department of Education Straight A Fund. The project is designed for implementation in five rural districts that comprise the Rural Collaborative consortia schools, including Northwestern Local Schools, Mapleton Local Schools, Hillsdale Local Schools, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District, and Black River Local Schools. Beginning in the grant year (2016-17) and continuing through five successive years (2017-18 through 2021-22) this project is being implemented by the Northwestern Local Schools in partnership with Battelle Education (BEd) and High Schools that Work (HSTW). The PAST Foundation Knowledge Capture Program (KC) will conduct the evaluation of project implementation and project outcomes.



2016 Reynoldsburg STEM Schools Transformation Final Report

In the 2015-16 school year, the Knowledge Capture Program conducted the second parent survey in five Reynoldsburg City Schools (RCS) to explore their perceptions of STEM education in the RCS K-12 STEM schools. The five schools include Herbert Mills STEM Elementary, Summit Road STEM Elementary, STEM Middle@Baldwin Road Junior High, eSTEM Academy, and (HS)2 Academy.



2015 Clean Technologies Early College High School, Expanding STEM at Clean Tech

The PAST Innovation Lab’s Professional Development and Knowledge Capture teams worked with the faculty and administration at Clean Technologies Early College High School (Clean Tech) to help design and document the launch of the 9th grade cohort (2014-15) and initiate preliminary planning for the rising 10th grade cohort (2015-16) enrolled in the P-Tech program.



2015 FAST Forward Straight A Grant Mid-Year Report

This report includes formative evaluation conducted by the Knowledge Capture team during the second quarter of implementation of the FAST Forward Project. Formative evaluation includes program implementation activities conducted between October 26, 2014 and January 9, 2015. A complete chronology of all FAST project activities coordinated or lead by the Knowledge Capture Program appears in the Appendix and includes dates of evaluation meetings, briefings, as well as participants who engaged in evaluation planning and review.



2015 FAST Forward Straight A Grant 3rd Quarter Report

Fairfield County Advancing Students and Teachers (FAST) Forward is a consortium effort led by the Fairfield County ESC and funded by the Straight A Grant Fund. This is a network centric approach to transform the educational systems in Fairfield County. Multiple service providers will partner with the county and develop plans for transformation across a variety of levels within the existing structures of schools today. The ultimate goal will be to TRANSFORM TEACHING and LEARNING across the 8 districts to increase student engagement, personalize learning, and support college and career ready skills for ALL STUDENTS.



2015 FAST Forward Straight A Grant Final Report

During the 2014-15 academic year, The PAST Foundation Knowledge Capture Program (KC) conducted formative evaluation of the implementation process for eight school districts in Fairfield County participating in the FAST Forward Project during the period beginning August 2014 through June 2015, funded by an Ohio Department of Education Straight A Grant.



2015 Growing SOIL Straight A Grant Mid-Year Report

The Knowledge Capture (KC) Program completed evaluation of the second quarter of implementation for the Growing SOIL Project in completing the following work. This report includes work conducted between October 26,, 2014 and January 10, 2015. The first section of the evaluation will provide an overview of work completed to support evaluation of the Growing SOIL Cohort 1 (9 School Districts) and the second section will address work completed for Cohort 2 (6 Districts).



2015 Growing SOIL Straight A Grant 3rd Quarter Report

The Knowledge Capture (KC) Program conducted evaluation of the third quarter of implementation for the Growing SOIL Project in completing the following work. This report includes activities from January 30 through April 17, 2015. The report addresses work completed for Cohort 2 (6 Districts) during the 3rd quarter of the grant period. A chronology for all work conducted and supporting documents are presented in the Appendix of this report.



2015 Growing SOIL Straight A Grant Final Report

Between January 2014 and September 2015 through the generous support of Ohio Straight A funds in rounds 1 and 2, SOIL (STEM Outdoor Learning Labs) was able to reach out across the state and dynamically utilize space that is traditionally under-utilized at schools to increase the planning and implementation of problem-based learning in grades 5 through 12. The program collectively partnered with 16 school districts, stretching from Lake Erie to the Kentucky border, the Fairfield ESC, COSI, Hocking College, and the PAST Foundation, along with numerous community businesses and organizations. Growing SOIL funded in Straight A Round 2 brought on the growth of the initial program by challenging the first cohort of 9 SOILabs to partner or “buddy” with other local programs in order to more fully utilize the modules and labs created in Round 1. Thus, another 9 buddy programs were established on top of the 15 anchor SOILabs by the culmination of the second grant growing the reach of the program to 24 schools.

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2015 Math Matters Straight A Grant Mid-Year Report

The Math Matters Program was initiated in August 2014 by the MIND Research Institute, providing access to ST Math software for use in K-12 classrooms in over 100 buildings in Fairfield and Franklin county school districts. As of January 9, 2015, training in classroom use of ST Math is well underway. Implementation of ST Math for the 71 elementary schools selected by Fairfield Education Service Center (ESC) has been initiated in 80% of schools across Fairfield and Franklin counties (n=57). Of the 19 middle schools awarded a Math Matters grant, implementation of ST Math has been initiated in 84% of schools (n=16), and of the nine high schools across both counties, implementation has been initiated in 66% of schools selected for the ST Math program (n=6).



2015 Math Matters Straight A Grant 3rd Quarter Report

The Math Matters Program was initiated in August 2014 by the MIND Research Institute, providing access to ST Math software for use in K-12 classrooms in 100 buildings in ten districts and organizations across Fairfield and Franklin counties. As of the Mid-Year Grant report (January 30, 2015), the ST Math implementation process continued to provide on-site Part 1 and Part 2 training in four districts including Columbus City Schools, Hilliard, Worthington, Pickerington, and also for Fairfield County ESC staff. Additional support was provided within each district at specific school sites and is presented below in Table A: Math Matters Implementation Overview January to June 2015. This continuing interaction with individual schools offers the districts a tailored approach responding to specific emerging needs identified by the ST Math team through ongoing communication with the districts, and with individual school leaders within each of the nine districts.



2015 Math Matters Straight A Grant 4th Quarter Report

The Math Matters Program was initiated in August 2014 by the MIND Research Institute, providing access to ST Math software for use in K-12 classrooms in 100 buildings in ten districts and organizations across Fairfield and Franklin counties. As of the third quarter grant report (April 30, 2015), the ST Math implementation process continued to provide onsite Introduction to ST Math Part 1 and Part 2 training in three districts including Columbus City Schools, Hilliard, and Pickerington. Part 1 and Part 2 training was also conducted during summer sessions on June 9th and 17th at the June Academy. Additional support was provided within each district at specific school sites and is presented below in Table A: Math Matters Implementation Overview, April to June 2015. This continuing interaction with individual schools offers the districts a tailored approach responding to specific emerging needs identified by the ST Math team through ongoing communication with the districts, and with individual school leaders within each of the nine districts.



2015 Math Matters Straight A Grant Final Report

During the 2014-15 academic year, K-12 teachers in nine districts in Fairfield and Franklin counties in Ohio, and selected staff of the Fairfield County Educational Service Center participated in year-one implementation of the Math Matters Project. The Project was funded by the Ohio Department of Education Straight A Fund, providing support for transitioning to a blended learning model over a five-year period utilizing the ST Math® Program for math instruction in K-12 classrooms. The PAST Foundation Knowledge Capture Program (KC) conducted formative evaluation of the implementation process across the nine districts during the period beginning August 2014 through June 2015. Read Online or Download



2015 Reynoldsburg City Schools K-12 STEM Foundations

The PAST Foundation stands for Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology. Our motto, Access through Innovation keeps us focused on exploring and continuously considering ways to link learning to life. The PAST Foundation has more than a decade of experience working directly with schools and communities in transition, and has identified key benchmarks essential to successful school transformation to STEM and innovative educational models. PAST offers a team of experts, led by anthropologists working collaboratively with educators towards identifying the critical needs of educational systems in transition. Using an anthropological framework, we offer powerful analytical tools to understand both the visible diversity of communities associated with a particular educational system, as well as the hidden commonalities they all possess. Large or small, urban or rural, from whole districts to the one-room schoolhouse – the PAST Foundation has effectively partnered on all levels to outline consistent benchmarks that serve as critical levers in shaping successful school transformational outcomes.



2015 Reynoldsburg STEM Schools Transformation Final Report

The 2014-2015 school year marks the start of a transformative partnership between the Reynoldsburg City School District and the PAST Foundation in working with the 5 STEM Schools within the district as a concerted K thru 12 effort to grow and strengthen the STEM work happening in the district. Courtney Heppner, the Director of Innovation for Reynoldsburg City Schools has been an integral advocate to support, strengthen, and continually develop the STEM possibilities within Reynoldsburg. The PAST Foundation team and various other community partners are committed to helping support this initiative and the schools.



2014 Clean Technologies Early College High School Ninth-Grade Program Launch Report

During the spring quarter of 2014, the PAST Foundation provided support for the Clean Technologies Early College High School (Clean Tech) preparation for the first cohort enrollment of ninth-grade students entering high school in fall 2014. The first report issued in June 2014 tracked the early stages of planning, including outreach and recruitment strategies for opening enrollment to eighth-grade students from across the region seeking STEM education as a component of their high school course work. The report, “Program Design for Ninth-Grade Enrollment, Fall 2014,” outlined regional recruitment efforts conducted by Clean Tech in collaboration with middle schools, and identified key issues and challenges for increasing enrollment of under-represented students, including females as well as at-risk and disadvantaged youth.



2014 Clean Technologies Early College High School Program Design for Ninth Grade Enrollment Report

The projected 9th grade enrollment is 60 students, and extends access to more than 20 school districts in the region, building total Clean Tech ECHS student enrollment to approximately 170 freshmen, juniors and seniors. This marks the fourth year of the program’s continued growth, advancing planned future expansion to enroll 250 students in grades 9-12. The program was developed in partnership with the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is located at the HVCC TEC- SMART campus.



2014 FAST Forward Straight A Grant 2nd Quarter Report

The Knowledge Capture (KC) Program has engaged with the first quarter of implementation for the FAST Forward Project in completing the following work. Formative evaluation activities conducted through October 17th are presented in this report. A Knowledge Capture Formative Evaluation Plan is presented in the Appendix based on the current schedule for implementation through June 30, 2015. A table of KC fieldwork chronology for all work conducted is also presented in the Knowledge Capture Appendix.



2014 Growing Soil Straight A Grant 2nd Quarter Report

The Knowledge Capture (KC) Program has engaged with the first quarter of implementation for the Growing SOIL Project in completing the following work. Formative evaluation activities conducted through October 17th are presented in this report. The first section of the evaluation will provide an overview of work conducted to support evaluation of the Growing SOIL Cohort 1 (9 School Districts) and the second section will address work completed for Cohort 2 (6 Districts). Additionally, a Knowledge Capture Formative Evaluation Plan is presented in the Knowledge Capture Appendix based on the current schedule for implementation through June 30, 2015.



2014 Math Matters Straight A Grant 2nd Quarter Report

The Knowledge Capture (KC) Program has engaged with the first quarter of implementation for the Math Matters Program in five of the nine school districts. Formative evaluation activities conducted through October 17th are presented in this report. The Knowledge Capture Formative Evaluation Plan is presented in the Knowledge Capture Appendix and is based on the current projected schedule provided by the MIND Research Institute team for implementation through December 2014.



2013 Africentric, Linden, and West Feeder Systems Transformation Report

This report reflects the work of the PAST Foundation with Columbus City Schools (CCS) STEM Transformation Project for the academic year 2012-2013. A significant portion of the material in this report was first compiled in June 2013 as part of our Ohio Race To The Top (RTTT) Year 2 final report deliverable as a service partner with the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN), which is supported and managed by Battelle Memorial Institute. PAST began working with CCS on its STEM Transformation Project in 2009. Since that time, this project’s goals, intended outcomes, scope and scale has changed dramatically. Read Online or Download



2013 Clean Energy Sustainable Industries Early College High School Summary Overview Year 2 Report

This report on the Clean Energy Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS) Program presents a summary of the second program year (2012-13). The pilot year evaluation of the program (2011-12) produced a multi-faceted set of issues identified by both faculty and students. Those
issues were presented in the PAST Foundation report, Ethnographic Study of the Ballston Spa Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program, 2012). Year two (Y2) of the program plan incorporated many of the recommended actions as part of the overall planned program expansion adding the senior level coursework to the junior level program established in year one (Y1). This report provides a preliminary view of Y2 program changes as well as new elements developed by program staff to meet Y2 goals to facilitate a more robust transition for junior and senior students entering the intensive pace of the ECHS program.



2012 Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program Ethnographic Study

In fall 2011, the Ballston Spa Central School District opened the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS) at the Hudson Valley Community College TEC-SMART Campus, enrolling the first (25) students. The initial year of the program offered only 11th grade coursework to students in their third year of high school. The ECHS Program was launched by an innovative partnership between the Ballston Spa Central School District with the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The success of the program is also building on support of a collaborative endeavor bringing business and industry, nonprofits, government, and others in the region together to establish the “Early College High School” model for STEM education. Read Online or Download



2011 The Linden Feeder System Transformation Report

In June 2010 the PAST Foundation partnered with the Pre-K through 12 Linden Feeder System schools of Columbus City Schools District to transform their educational delivery to problem-based learning using capstone themes and projects connected to the Linden community. This report outlines the vision and results of that year’s work following the steps of the design process. Read Online or Download



2010 Dayton Regional STEM School Report

The first cohort of ninth grade students at the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) participated in projects based on a Global Climate Change (GCC) unit throughout April and May 2010. Eighteen [18] projects based on GCC were designated, and students ranked their first three choices. The 73 students were then assigned to one of the 18 groups coached by the five DRSS teachers, the DRSS principal, other staff members, and volunteers. The unit involved two weeks of cross-curricular instruction in content area classes at DRSS, followed by one week where the school day incorporated morning instruction and afternoon group work time.



2009 Morriss Math and Engineering Elementary School - A Case Study of K-5 STEM Education Program Development

The Martha and Josh Morriss Math and Engineering Elementary (MMEE) School was designed and im- plemented as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school program through the efforts of the Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) in Texarkana, Texas. The TISD STEM program devel- opers describe their process for creating their first STEM school as one supported by a small, close-knit network established in partnership between the TISD and Texas A&M University at Texarkana (TAMUT). Their focus on K-5 grade levels presents a unique approach to initiating STEM education within a K-12 system, and offers an important perspective to our growing understanding of approaches to STEM design based upon the small number of programs that have been successfully launched across the country.



2008 Metro High School - An Emerging STEM Community Volume 2

In the spring of 2006, the PAST Foundation began working closely with the Metro High School in Columbus, Ohio in the areas of curricula design, project-based learning and teacher professional development. Metro was the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) High School, in Ohio. We worked with design teams as the educational philosophy for the new STEM school was evolving. Once the doors at Metro opened and the first students were admitted, PAST watched the faculty, students, families and local community embrace the experiment that Metro represented in educational reform.



2008 Metro High School - An Emerging STEM Community Volume 1

In the spring of 2006, the PAST Foundation began working closely with the Metro High School in Columbus, Ohio in the areas of curricula design, project-based learning and teacher professional development. Metro was the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) High School, in Ohio. We worked with design teams as the educational philosophy for the new STEM school was evolving. Once the doors at Metro opened and the first students were admitted, PAST watched the faculty, students, families and local community embrace the experiment that Metro represented in educational reform.