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Creating Shared Instructional Products for Integrating Engineering Education in the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) Partnership


"The goal of this paper is to examine the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) Partnership, a unique math-science targeted partnership designed to support improved student learning and instructional practice for integrating engineering design in the elementary science classroom. We identify three critical features that support this partnership for creating shared quality instructional products. These features include: 1) shared problems across the system; 2) small tests of small changes; and 3) multiple sources of innovation. Information presented in this paper presentation includes: 1) an overview of the SLED Partnership (management structure, strategic vision, and implementation plan); 2) discrete examples of shared instructional products generated by all SLED partners (i.e. teachers, STEM faculty, and researchers); and 3) results from pilot testing of shared products."