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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click2SciencePD.org first went live in January of 2015. Since then, we’ve added numerous staff development guides, videos, blogs, and webinar recordings. We’ve also been busy evaluating the effectiveness, usability, and function of Click2Science's website, professional development resources, skills, and overall professional development model.
It is important to bring youths' prior knowledge and experiences to their learning in out-of-school time spaces. Not only does it make their leaning more robust, but it helps them build on their interests and identities (NRC, 2012). This can support life-long interest in STEM and even career choices in STEM. Here are three ways you can use prior knowledge in your out-of-school time program.