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Managing Groups During STEM

October 31, 2017

The first thing I often tell my new staff is to think hard about the difference between “management” and “control.” Managing Managing learning is about doing what you can to support engaged, creative, social learning.Successful managers of learning know that learning is messy, loud, and even chaotic sometimes.

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Kids' Books on STEM

October 24, 2017

Looking to add a few books to your STEM afterschool program? Here are four titles I love that take on STEM topics and practices. Thanks to Kirk Robbins’ amazing blog and feed (Follow @stem_4_all) for some of these great titles.

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Making Your Space Exciting

October 20, 2017

The little things make a big difference while setting up for STEM learning. Here are some things to think about as you get ready for your next STEM lesson. Here are three situations you can consider when thinking about your space.

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What are the NGSS?

October 10, 2017

The Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, are a set of K-12 learning standards that many states have adopted. Other states have adopted modified versions of the NGSS. You'll want to check with your state's Department of Education to be sure.

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Why Partnerships?

October 3, 2017

Have you ever looked at a list of long-term goals and thought, "My organization can never pull off this much development?" Do you worry you won't ever have the right expertise in your organization to be able to write, manage, and direct the grants you want to get?

Click2Science Professional Development Model

Introducing Our PD Model

September 26, 2017

Quality learning and staff development takes time! Professional development should never be sporadic, one-and-done, or “spray-and-pray.” That's why the Click2Science professional development model supports an ongoing cycle of professional development. We recommend a continuous cycle of needs assessments, targeted training and/or coaching interventions, and evaluations to truly improve program quality.

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New Staff Development Guides

September 19, 2017

We've been hard at work the last six months to bring you what Click2SciencePD does best: high-quality, targeted professional development guides that you can use in your setting. This week I'd like to give you a mini-tour of these guides.

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5 Things to Know About Click2Science 2.0

September 12, 2017

We're relaunching our website with new and improved resources, as well as a new web design and user-experience. The new website will provide easier access to our resources and help new and existing users better understand who we are, what we do, and the resources we have to offer. We are confident you'll find the new website easier to navigate. However, we understand that change can be difficult.

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Click2Science has a New Skills Framework

September 5, 2017

Based on feedback from out-of-school time STEM facilitation experts and other afterschool leaders, we reviewed our 20 Skills that Make STEM Click for overlap and redundancy. We found that some skills had very similar purposes and objectives and that there was a need to separate some skills that had formerly been combined. We also pared down a little, streamlined a little, and made some tweaks to help you find what you’re looking for.