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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What are three strategies you hear Stephanie discuss about creating a safe, supportive learning environment for the girls in her program? (0:48 - 1:13)

What do you notice about the interactions between staff and youth? (1:24 - 1:45)

What do you see and hear that tell you there is a positive relationship between Stephanie and the youth? (0:11 - 0:31; 1:47 - End)

What other strategies can you use to create a positive, supportive environment with the youth in your program?

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Watch the skill video

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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What is the importance of a sense of humor and having fun in creating a safe and supportive STEM learning environment?
John Smith's picture
Having a sense of humor is key to connecting with any age group :)
Why do you think positve relationships with youth are important when engaging in challenging STEM-related activities?

Professional Development Resources

What We Do and Say Matters

Use this Training resource to work with staff to create a mutually respectful, relaxed, supportive STEM learning environment for youth.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Identifying the Needed Skills

Identify characteristics of a safe environment and understand the importance and benefits of creating a safe space for youth.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Utilizing Action Plans through Coaching

This one-on-one Coaching guide will help staff focus on one goal to implement in developing a safe environment.

15 minutes
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Utilizing Action Plans through Virtual Coaching

Even if you can't be there in person, you can offer staff the opportunity to receive effective coaching in creating a safe, welcoming environment...

15 minutes
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Creating Action Plans through Coaching

Use this coaching guide to develop an action plan with staff.  

30 minutes
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Coaching with Program Considerations

Guide staff as they focus on their settings to create a space that is safe and engaging and welcomes students’ individuality.
30 minutes
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