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About the Center for Informal Learning in Schools (CILS)

About the Center for Informal Learning in Schools (CILS)

The mission of the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) is to strengthen science education through research and leadership programs that broaden conceptions of learning across formal and informal environments.

CILS was founded to develop a new generation of leaders (academics, researchers, and practitioners) who could better understand and support science learning across formal and informal settings. Between 2002 to 2008, CILS supported the development of fourteen new PhDs, thirteen postdoctoral fellows, sixteen science PhDs trained in informal learning and outreach, and over four hundred leaders from informal science institutions. Since 2008, CILS has received over $10 million in federal and private foundation grants to lead a set of new projects and studies to strengthen connections between research and practice across formal and informal settings.

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