Making Connections to STEAM Careers

Making Connections to STEAM Careers

September 25, 2018

At an early age, I discovered a talent for drawing and painting. I recall my Kindergarten classmates telling me, "You should be an artist when you grow up." Over many years, that talent grew into a passion. However, as I got older I had a difficult time seeing potential careers within my passion for the arts and creativity. I ended up pursuing a career in graphic design.

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What is STEAM?

September 11, 2018

Recently, STEAM has caught on as a buzzword in K-12 and afterschool learning. Short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, STEAM is more than a subject area. It is meant to be an interdisciplinary way to develop creative problem-solving skills in youth. The arts have a profound impact on youth, educators, and educational environments (Fiske, 1999). In fact, the arts have the ability to:

STEM Celebrations in September

STEM Celebrations in September

August 30, 2018

Read a New Book Month Month of September It's read a new book month! The perfect time to add a few books to your STEM afterschool program! Here are four titles I love that take on STEM topics and practices.

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Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Staff

August 21, 2018

Everyone wants to get new employees onboard and working effectively with youth as quickly as possible. What does it really take to prepare a new employee to work in out-of-school time programs?

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Four Back to School Tips to Share with Families

August 14, 2018

Across the country, August can be a time of transition and stress. Starting the school year is a change for the whole family. Here are some tips to share with the families in your summer programs to help them prepare for these changes.

Connecting to Community Partners

Connecting to Community Partners

August 7, 2018

Summer is winding down, and everyone's gearing up for the next school year. It always seems to go by so fast! I feel like every summer I have a long to-do list, both personally and professionally, and it never fails that I don't complete everything on my list (or like this summer any of the things on my list). 

STEM Celebrations in August

STEM Celebrations in August

July 31, 2018

National Back to School Month, Inventor's Month, World Scout Scarf Day, World Wide Web Day, Sand Castle Day, Farmwork Appreciation Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, Internation Youth Day, Rollercoaster Day, and more!

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Working with Youth Who Don't Look Like You

July 23, 2018

By some measures, there are more youth of color in the U.S. than white students, yet the afterschool and K-12 workforce remains largely white, middle-class, and female. It's more important now than ever to think about ways to make sure you are including all of your youth.

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4 Ways to Include English Learners in STEM

July 12, 2018

Almost every afterschool setting should be prepared to support students and families whose first language is not English. Although there are many factors to consider when working with English-language learners, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to help you prepare yourself and your program to welcome and include ELL's.