Coordinated by PSAYDN, Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) is offering a free training in the summer or fall of 2019 to afterschool STEM educators to build STEM related knowledge and skills.
The training is approximately 10 hours total and consists of the following components. These are online, except for components two and four, which consist of practice time.
PSAYDN is looking for four to five highly engaged organizations. Participants who successfully complete and evaluate the training will be offered a stipend, earn contact hours and receive a certificate of completion.
Take advantage of this excellent opportunity for STEM educators in Pennsylvania. Contact us today!
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