STEM Learning in Out-of-School Time Programs
This workshop will look at that intersection of the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in afterschool programs, enhancing development of social-emotional learning skills, and measuring good practice through the use of a STEM-focused practice quality tool. We will combine presentation, discussion, and table activity to share ideas with peers and support continuous quality improvement efforts in programs.
Who should attend?
Out-of-School Time Professionals - Explore new strategies to leverage STEM focused activities within a well-rounded set of OST offerings
Representatives from School Districts - Explore new ways to collaborate with OST programs to strengthen the learning that you foster in school
Business and Philanthropic Partners - Explore how you can support more robust and effective strategies to promote STEM learning
Why STEM In Out-of-School Time?
Afterschool and summer learning opportunities function as an important part of the STEM learning ecosystem. Just as an ecosystem depends on all the plants and animals within it to play their unique role, STEM education depends on a diversity of educational institutions including schools and non-school environments to support students. Out-of-school environments like afterschool clubs and summer camps are pollination points within the learning ecosystem: essential locations that children need to grow their STEM knowledge and skills. Quality afterschool and summer programs are part of a thriving learning ecosystem for all young people. (Afterschool Alliance)Our guest speaker is Georgia Hall, Ph.D. Director and Sr. Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time and Managing Editor, Afterschool Matters.
Georgia Hall, Ph.D., is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Hall specializes in research and evaluation on youth development programs, settings, and learning experiences. Her work has focused extensively on strategies to improve out-of-school time program quality along with investigations of summer learning programs and STEM initiatives for girls. Hall serves as principal investigator on several multi-year research projects and is a frequent presenter at national conferences, seminars, and meetings.
This is a FREE meeting that is open to those who live, work, and play in MetroWest and are interested in STEM. The format includes networking, speaking program, and information/resources table.