Making Authentic Assessments
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to evaluate what is learned by youth before, during, and after STEM activities.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Gather evidence about youth knowledge and interest before teaching to plan appropriate and meaningful instruction.
- Use information gathered during activities to adjust instruction.
- Provide constructive feedback on STEM knowledge and practices during learning.
- Evaluate and document youth knowledge, engagement, and skills.
- Engage youth in the assessment process, such as in rubric design or opportunities to give peer feedback.
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.
Participants will use the Assessing Learning Video-Based Learning Module to set goals for assessment.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSkill:Situation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:35 minutes
Afterschool staff and volunteers will be able to use formative assessment as a tool to communicate expectations before, during, and after student learning.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will compare four strategies for assessment in order to add more assessment of youth during learning.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Afterschool staff and volunteers will develop an understanding of rubrics and how to creat them with youth.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to evaluate the content youth learn before, during, and after STEM activities.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Participants will engage in peer review in order to devise strategies for getting youth involved in peer assessment.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetSituation: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 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.
Assessment is an essential but often overlooked part of STEM learning in after school programs. This module features interactive experiences and resources to help facilitators learn skills to include authentic assessment of youth STEM learning experiences. This is one of 20 STEM facilitation skills that help STEM click for school-age children and youth.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
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 how to use formative and summative assessment strategies to engage youth in learning. The focus is on assessing learning in out-of-school time programs in ways that are authentic for learners and useful for us as facilitators. We will share actual strategies you can take from this webinar and put to use in your program.Strategy:Developing STEM Practices & MindsetDate:December 13, 2016