Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences | Click2Science

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 downloadable 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 designed to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.

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 Better Kid Care learning management system. To complete a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessons on Better Kid Care. For more information about self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.

  • Creating a Safe Space for STEM Learning

    Youth need a safe space for learning STEM skills in afterschool programs. Safe space includes physical safety as well as emotional and social safety that should be a part of the culture of all afterschool 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.

    Preparing for Success in STEM

    Learn More

On-Demand Webinars

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.