This Framework is a tool for individuals, institutions, and organizations to understand, plan, and advance their professional capacity in the field of informal STEM learning. Academic programs can use the Framework to review curriculum or to support student learning. Students might use it to consider courses or internships they want to pursue.
Individuals can use the framework to assess their current competencies and to identify the competencies they want to develop. Institutions can use the framework to plan professional development for staff or develop job descriptions.
Competencies related to the policies, operations and functions of ISL organizations such as creating and maintaining budgets or advancing mission and vision.
Competencies related to understanding, advancing and assessing the impact of the institution on audiences, communities and society.
Competencies related to a specific jobs or area of work within ISL institutions. These competencies are sometimes referred to as “technical skills” or “hard skills.”
Competencies useful in any position such as intrapersonal skills or the ability to communicate effectively. These competencies are sometimes referred to as “soft skills.”