ITEST Proposal Development Course - Registration Now Open

Friday, June 29, 2018

Are you designing or implementing a program that impacts
PreK-12 students’ future in STEM?

Are you interested in applying for NSF funds to support
the research and development of this program?

Are you new to proposal writing?

Register for the ITEST Proposal Development Course! 

What is the course?  

Back by popular demand - the ITEST Proposal Development Course is now open to the public.

The ITEST Proposal Development Course, hosted and facilitated by the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, is a self-paced online course in which novice NSF proposal writers will develop a full NSF proposal for the ITEST program, to be submitted for the August 8, 2018 solicitation deadline.

The course covers the critical components of developing a successful NSF ITEST proposal including; forming partnerships, writing a compelling narrative, developing research and evaluation designs that are well-aligned and impactful, planning for fruitful dissemination, preparing a budget, and finally, submitting the proposal to NSF.

Who should take the course?

The course best serves individuals who:

  • Have not yet submitted a successful NSF proposal 
  • Have a proposal idea that aligns with the goals and expectations of the ITEST Program
    • Research and development of PreK-12 programs that promote awareness of STEM careers, build skills to prepare for STEM careers, and provide technology-rich experiences  (see ITEST Solicitation 17-565 for further details) 
  • Plan to submit an NSF ITEST proposal due on August 8, 2018 

In addition, the ITEST Program and STELAR Center are committed to broadening the participation of the ITEST community to individuals from organizations and communities not currently represented in the ITEST portfolio.

How do I sign up?

  1. Click the “Sign up” button below 
  2. Complete the online registration form 
  3. Once you’ve completed the online registration form you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to create an account and enroll in the ITEST Proposal Development Course
Sign up for the ITEST Proposal Development Course

Feedback from previous course participants: 

On how the course made a difference:
“After meeting several professionals and having access to materials, diverse ideas, and contributions from individuals during this course, I am very confident in proposal development and in how to make a broader impact in my future projects.  It also helped me to connect with diverse professionals who are interested or doing great work in ITEST. Overall this course was a magnificent opportunity for me to develop intellectual merit in proposal writing.”
Strongest takeaway from the course:
“The proposal writing process is quite extensive and requires lots of planning, support, and … experience.”
General feedback on the course:
“I really appreciated how the modules took you step-by-step through a proposal. It helped me understand the micro steps within each proposal section, the kinds of questions I should be thinking about, and the kinds of resources I can pull on to develop this section of the proposal.”  

About the ITEST Program: 

The NSF ITEST Program is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

About STELAR: 

The mission of STELAR is to build capacity and magnify the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program.  

  • We facilitate ITEST projects’ success in developing and articulating innovative models for STEM learning environments. 
  • We synthesize and disseminate ITEST projects’ findings nationally. 
  • We conduct outreach to broaden participation in the ITEST community of practice.

Whether you are implementing a project, submitting a proposal for funding, or looking to connect with other STEM education and workforce stakeholders nationally, there are multiple ways in which STELAR can assist you.  

Questions? Please feel free to contact the STELAR Team at stelar [at] edc [dot] org (subject: Proposal%20Development%20Course) (stelar [at] edc [dot] org)

View this invitation online HERE

STELAR Webinar: 2018 NSF ITEST Solicitation

Event date(s): Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Submitting an ITEST Proposal in August? Don't miss this event!

STELAR is pleased to host NSF ITEST Program Officers David Haury and Robert Russell for an informative session on the 2018 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 17-565). Learn more about the current solicitation, ITEST program specifics, and submission and review criteria.

Program officers will provide time for your questions about proposal concepts.

Join us next Wednesday, May 30 from 3-4 pm ET (2-3 pm CT)

Space for this event is limited, we encourage you to register today!

Register Now!

Registration link:

STELAR Webinar Series: Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Event date(s): Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Thursday, March 8, 2018

Four sessions beginning on Thursday, January 25 at 2 PM ET

Join STELAR for a four-part webinar series on our recent white paper: Building the Foundational Skills Needed for Success in Work at the Human-Technology Frontier available for download from Education Development Center's website.

Each webinar will explore the educational and social implications of living, learning and working in a future driven by technology. Read on to learn the focus of each session, then register for the entire series, or individual dates of interest. 

We hope that this paper will provoke both dialog and debate, and invite you to join the discussion!


Part 1: Future Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

January 25, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET


What does work look like at the Human-Technology Frontier? What will workers need to know and be able to do to succeed there?

Advances in technology, automation, and artificial intelligence predict fundamental changes that have the potential to impact “work” in all regions of the country, for people at all socioeconomic levels. Although the future of work is unclear, thought leaders around the world, including those at the U.S.. National Science Foundation (NSF), assert that the Internet of Things, robotics, and machine learning will be ubiquitous in tomorrow’s workplaces. In this new machine age, various technologies (sensors, communication, computation, and intelligence) will be embedded around, on, and in us; humans will shape technology and technology will shape human interaction; and technologies and humans will collaborate to discover and innovate in short, the Human-Technology Frontier. 

During this webinar STELAR's Joyce Malyn-Smith, Sarita Pillai and Caroline Parker will share descriptions of future work environments provided by interviewees from high tech industries currently working at that frontier, and describe the types of skills, knowledge and dispositions our students need to develop to set them on a pathway to success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier.


Part 2: The Psychology of Working

February 8, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET


How does work contribute to our social and psychological well-being and the stability of our nation?

Join STELAR as we host Dr. David Blustein of Boston College, as he describes his new Psychology of Working Theory (PWT) and the future of work. Building off research from vocational psychology, multicultural psychology, intersectionality, and macro-levels analyses of work, PWT proposes that contextual factors are fundamental  to career attainment and, also, highlights the importance of K–12 education as a way of mitigating some of the contextual factors while also strengthening students’ career adaptability (capacity for exploration and planning) and sense of proactivity. By addressing these psychosocial factors through both STEM content and guided STEM career-development activities, ITEST helps youth develop the tools they will need to access and persist on the STEM career path of their choosing.


Part 3: Educational Implications of future work at the Human-Technology Frontier

February 22, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET


What Career Competencies should K-12 students develop to prepare for success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier?

The worker of the future will require a deep knowledge of science, technology, and engineering coupled with the technical skills and understanding of how computers, robots, and other machines work. This technological grounding, however, will not be enough to succeed. Optimal new workers will be curious, self-directed, and resilient. They will be lifelong learners willing to be disruptive and innovative, while also being cooperative and interpersonally competent. They will think outside the box; solve problems and risk failure; work in dynamic, cross-disciplinary teams; and lead those teams to consensus. All of their work will be characterized by insight, interpretation, diligence, persistence, and cooperation.

Join the STELAR’s Joyce Malyn-Smith and ITEST PIs as they discuss the STEM Career Competencies that students should develop in K-8 to set them on a pathway towards success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier.


Part 4: Policy Implications of future work at the Human-Technology Frontier

March 8, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm ET


How are NSF programs laying a foundation for success in work at the Human-Technology Frontier?

The rise of inequality in the labor market is highly challenging, with major consequences to both political and social trends in many societies around the globe. Education and training have long been viewed as important means of enhancing social mobility. The NSF’s commitment to increasing equity in access to the STEM workplace is a good example of efforts to broaden participation in undergraduate and graduate programs, preparing students for immediate transition into the STEM workforce. The ITEST program reflects a concerted effort by the NSF to develop new evidence-based pre-K–12 curricular and programmatic initiatives that optimally may enhance participation of girls and historically marginalized students (e.g.., youth of color and those from low-SES backgrounds) in the STEM educational pipeline.

Join STELAR PI Sarita Pillai and NSF Program Officers as we discuss existing programs that support success at the frontier, and examine key policy levers that can greatly contribute to the development of a robust future STEM workforce, help ensure the well-being  of that workforce, and support and sustain a strong innovation economy for our country.

Register for the Series


Supplementary Links:

Download the white paper from Education Development Center's website

Read an article introducing the paper by STELAR Senior Advisor Joyce Malyn-Smith

Live Webinar: Grant opportunities for Nationa Science foundation Maker Education and Maker SBIR/STTR Projects: 10/18: 1230-2PM; free

Event date(s): Tuesday, October 18, 2016

STELAR Webinar: NSF Funding for Maker Education and SBIR/STTR Projects

Tuesday, October 18, 12:30-2 pm Eastern Time

Dear Makers and Maker Educators:

STELAR is pleased to host NSF Program Officer Bob Russell as he presents a webinar on National Science Foundation funding for research, development, and small business proposals for Maker-focused projects. We invite you to join us for National Science Foundation Funding for Maker Education and SBIR/STTR Projects on Tuesday, October 18, from 12:30 to 2 pm Eastern Time.

During this webinar brief overviews will be presented for specific programs, including Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), Discovery Research PreK-12 (DR PreK-12), Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST), Dear Colleague Letter Catalyzing the Future of Making, Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), and other sources. A general overview of proposal submission requirements and procedures will also be provided.

We strongly encourage your participation. There will be opportunities to also ask the Program Officers questions and also receive tips on writing competitive NSF grant proposals. Questions may also be submitted in advance by email to stelar [at] edc [dot] org.

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The webinar is FREE but, registration is required.
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