STEM Events May 2018 and ways to celebrate

STEM Celebrations in May

April 26, 2018

National Space Day, Star Wars Day, National Astronaut Day, Museum Day, and Sally Ride Day

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The Perspective of a Military Dependent

April 24, 2018

They say, "You don't know what you have until it's gone." That's not entirely true -- as a graduate student who recently turned 26, I was well aware of what I had. A great insurance plan from the military that I was able to utilize for the first 26 years of my life, all thanks to my father's service in the United State Army. This, however, is only one of the tangible benefits that military dependents get to experience.

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Supporting Quiet Kids

April 17, 2018

Chances are, you have several quiet kids in your program. You may not have even noticed them. But there they sit, week after week, doing their work, not causing a disruption.

Purple Up! for military kids

Creating Safe Spaces for Military Youth

April 10, 2018

For the past 10 years, I have had the honor to serve Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard children and youth across the county, and the month of April always holds a special place in my heart as it is the Month of the Military Child. The Department of Defense has dedicated a whole month to recognizing and thanking military youth for the selfless sacrifices they make each and every day for their family and country.

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Month of the Military Child

April 3, 2018

Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. As we celebrate this month, we want to stress the importance of providing military children the support to help them thrive in a military lifestyle.

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Events & Celebrations in April

March 29, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day, USA Science and Engineering Festival, National Robotics Week, National Encourage a Young Writer Day, Purple Up! Day, National Bat Appreciation Day, Earth Day, Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, and more!

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Transforming Staff into Leaders in Out-of-School Time

March 27, 2018

Transformational leaders inspire their followers through relationships and are characterized by positivity, a focus on developing their followers, and transparent communication. Yukl (2002) recommended the following 4 “I”s to transform followers into leaders: