Center for Informal Learning and Schools
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 how science learning develops across formal and informal settings. Over the period 2002-2008, CILS supported the development of 14 new PhDs, 13 postdoctoral fellows, 16 science PhDs trained in informal learning and outreach, and over 400 leaders from informal science institutions. Since 2008, CILS has received over $10M in federal and private foundation grants to lead a set of new projects and studies investigating how to strengthen connections between research and practice across formal and informal settings.