Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will design and continually attend to the social and emotional safety of youth and respond to inequities when they occur.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Identify the needs of historically nondominant students at their site, especially students of racial/ethnic minority groups and girls.
- Develop a plan to address bullying or other negative behavior.
- Teach youth strategies for positive relationship-building.
- Confront hurtful behavior with youth and help colleagues address hurtful behavior.
- Support student frustration while practicing STEM.
- Encourage new ideas and support different perspectives.
- Model ways to give and receive constructive criticism, resolve conflict, and make mistakes.
Staff Development Guides
Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These dowloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, videos learning modules, supporting documents and handouts. The guides available below are design to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.
Participants will design a Tumblewing Flyer to learn to facilitate inclusive STEM learning activities.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:60 minutes
Participants will do the Parachute Design Challenge to learn strategies for preparing inclusive STEM learning opportunities.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Participants will watch the Promoting a Positive Climate Video-Based Learning Module to learn to help youth feel included in the learning setting.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will take a Project Implicit test in order to reflect on the needs of nondominant youth in their program.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:60 minutes
Participants will view "Supporting Youth Interactions in STEM Exploration" to learn to get all youth safely engaged in STEM learning.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will watch the "Welcoming Youth" learning module to learn to help youth feel included in the learning setting.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will read guidelines from StopBulling.gov in order to plan how to address negative behavior or bullying with youth.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:30 minutes
Self-Directed Web Lessons
Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn State Extension's Better Kid Care learning managemente system. To take a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessins on Better Kid Care. For more information about Self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.
Youth need a safe space for learning STEM skills in after school programs. Safe space includes physical safety as well as emotional and social safety that should be a part of the culture of all after school programs. Through interactive experiences and resources, learn skills to create a safe space for youth for STEM learning experiences and to focus on interests and developmental levels of youth. This is one of 20 STEM facilitation skills that help STEM click for school-age children and youth.Strategy:Preparing for Success in STEM
Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments. STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events. All webinars are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are designed to support the skill. Encouraging Collaboration. For more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit our Webinar page.
Learn more about vulnerable populations that may be hidden in your out-of-school time program, such as homeless youth, youth in foster care, or LGBTQ youth. Explore how you and your staff can create safe spaces for learning and growing if out-of-school time. We will explore what we know about vulnerable youth and what it means to create a safe space.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMDate:October 18, 2016